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SOPA 2017: Premier Masualle must be 'living in his own echo chamber' - DA

FEBRUARY 17, 2017
SOPA 2017: Premier Masualle must be 'living in his own echo chamber' - DA

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, repeatedly said that the state of the province is sound - if he believes that, he is "living in his own echo chamber", that was the reaction from the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape, which added that the province is far from sound.

"The labour force statistics released last week showed that unemployment is on the increase with the only glimmer of hope being the DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay, where it decreased," described DA Leader in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Bobby Stevenson.

"The Premier failed to make any game-changer announcement that would put the Eastern Cape on the high road to prosperity.

"With regard to education, he could have announced competency testing and performance contracts for principals as well as bringing inspectors back into the classroom."

Stevenson also said that with regard to the economy, the Premier said nothing about a key game changer which is the roll-out of free broadband access points in the province.

"Young people, in particular, need access to Wi-Fi to apply for jobs and bursaries, do research and run businesses," he said.

"For every ten percent increased access to broadband in your population, the economy grows by 1.3%. I would also have expected him to talk about an internship programme for the youth and increased support for SMMEs.

"We welcome the decrease in the maternal death rate, child mortality rate and HIV prevalence rate."

Stevenson said that in his last speech, the Premier said government would look after the vulnerable members of our society.

"When it came to the Life Esidimeni Lorraine and Algoa Frail care centres they did the exact opposite. They turned their backs on those vulnerable people. The DA and the courts had to come to their rescue," he described.

"Only the DA has a real plan for South Africa’s future. A plan to rescue our lost generation and put the province on the high road to prosperity. The government must create the right climate for investment which attracts jobs. That means fixing the infrastructure, improving safety, eradicating corruption and governing well."