Statement by Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape
Today, I am pleased to be launching the Western Cape Government’s Capital Infrastructure Delivery website (accessible via the home page banner at www.westerncape.gov.za)
Since coming into office in 2009, our administration has introduced a number of initiatives that underscore our commitment to being an efficient, clean and transparent government that is accountable to citizens.
The Western Cape Government’s Capital infrastructure Delivery Website is our latest initiative.
It provides information on the Western Cape Government’s capital infrastructure investment and delivery in municipalities over the next three financial years.
This is over and above the billions we have invested into municipalities over the last four years.
The website provides a comprehensive picture of the many infrastructure projects that will be delivered by some of our key provincial departments.
For the initial phase of this project, over 1050 projects totalling R14.3 billion have been uploaded on the website and located within the intended beneficiary community.
The website does not include many of the other essential services the Western Cape Government provides to citizens including free and subsidized health care to nearly 80% of patients accessing our health facilities and free stationary, text books and transport that we provide to hundreds of thousands of learners across the province.
Some of the other services we will provide include:
We plan to expand the website to include these and the many other essential services we provide to citizens in the near future.
We believe the website launched today demonstrates the Western Cape Government’s commitment to transparency and investing in, and developing, infrastructure in the province.
This is because we know that major infrastructure projects coupled with an efficient, corruption free government catalyses economic growth, attracts investment and promotes job creation.
We hope the website will be used as a tool for citizens to become more informed about the planned infrastructure projects in their communities and to hold the provincial government to account.
That is why we will also continue updating the website with new infrastructure projects that will be delivered in the future.
The Western Cape Government will continue to improve governance and service delivery to benefit all citizens particularly the poor and the most vulnerable in the province.
The launch of this website is part of our journey to becoming the best run regional government in the world.