Lofty proclamations by KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) MEC Ravi Pillay regarding local government empowerment and its critical link to economic development must be acted on swiftly.
Years of oversight inspections by the DA have proved that KZN’s basic societal structure has largely failed. The predominantly rural areas will never benefit from significant investment as municipalities cannot provide the most basic of services. The Economic Development cluster’s attempts at throwing money at so-called catalytic projects to drive job creation are only marginally effective.
The focus is also largely on eThekwini and Richards Bay, while meaningful rural development seems to be an almost unobtainable dream.
The DA’s solution to job creation post lockdown is simple: clean governance, accelerated service delivery and infrastructure development that creates economic opportunities.
Stubbornly pursuing the same radical economic transformation policies has done nothing but enrich a few. Very few citizens can claim that they have directly benefitted from EDTEA’s programmes. Even fewer have experienced a better economic future, despite billions being spent in each political term. The building blocks to our economy are simple.
HEINZ DE BOER, MPL
DA KZN spokesperson on EDTEA