Western Cape Premier Alan Winde is attending the three-day Presidential cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria this week, where he hopes to raise important issues affecting the Western Cape, including safety, trains, therelease of national land for housing opportunities and growing the economy and creating jobs.
The meeting, which aims to set the country’s plan for the next five years, includes ministers, deputy ministers and for the first time, Premiers and their directors general.
Premier Winde said: “This is an important platform to put the concerns and future hopes of Western Cape residents on the table, and I’ll be doing just that. Of utmost importance will be issues of crime, public transport and especially fixing our dysfunctional train system,strategic land which must be released by national, as well as the economy.”
“High on my agenda is to make the President and Cabinet aware of how violent crime is impacting our communities in the province. We had 331 murders in May 2019 alone – crime is out of control and the national sphere needs to take its mandate seriously if we are to solve it,” Premier Winde said.
“I want to build partnerships with my national counterparts so that we can make this province better tomorrow than it is today.
“I am also looking forward to engaging with the new minister of Transport and Public Works, around trains in the Western Cape and unlocking well-located government-owned land for housing opportunities in the province.”
“Solving the issues of crime and public transport will go a long way towards helping grow our economy, by stimulating investment which leads to job creation. The economy and job creation are high on President Ramaphosa’s agenda and I believe that the Western Cape can contribute to the discussion by showcasing some of the plans and strategies that have worked here.”
“It is our goal as the Western Cape government to have at least one job in every household and in order to do this, we plan to expand our Red Tape Reduction Unit in order to make the province an even easier place to invest, remove the regulatory burdens for small businesses and entrepreneurs and focus on encouraging investment into tourism and continuing to support the growth of key sectors of our economy, including agriculture.”
“My goal as Premier of the Western Cape is to encourage a spirit of co-operation with the ANC as the opposition in the province, and as the ruling party nationally, in a bid to ensure that the needs and priorities of our citizens are heard, understood and met," Premier Winde said.