PREMIER OF THE WESTERN CAPE
STATE OF THE PROVINCE
WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL
The Honourable Speaker
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Director General of the Western Cape
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Most important: all
citizens of the Western Cape.
Welcome to everyone here today. Namkelekile nonke apha
namhlanje. ‘n Hartlike warm welkom aan almal hier
Twenty years ago, on the
occasion of his inauguration as State President, Nelson Mandela stood on the
Grand Parade and undertook to create a “better life of opportunity, freedom and
prosperity” for all South Africans.
He said: “This needs unity of purpose. It needs action.
It requires us all to work together”.
And so, as we prepare to
celebrate twenty years of democracy, we must ask ourselves: are we translating
Madiba’s vision of opportunity into action? Are we working together to fulfil
the promises he made at the dawn of our democracy?
Our vision in the Western
Cape Government is the same as those spoken on the Grand Parade 20 years ago. We
call it the “open, opportunity society for all”. This is a society in which
everyone has the chance and the means to use opportunities in life, and where
everyone takes responsibility for using those opportunities.
This is also the society envisaged in our
And it is the vision which
the citizens of the Western Cape have given us the mandate to fulfil over the
last five years, in partnership with them, with civil society, with business and
with other institutions and spheres of government.
No government can, by itself, guarantee a better life.
Progress is the product of partnerships. That is why, in this province, we say,
I believe that together
over the last five years, we in the Western Cape have made progress in realising
our vision of an open, opportunity society for all.
We have shifted resources
and energy into creating opportunities for growth and jobs without compromising,
and indeed while enhancing, the state’s ability to deliver better outcomes in
health, education and social development. We have also refocused our efforts to
promote social inclusion with a more pragmatic and less ideological
I believe that this is the
Western Cape story. And it really is a good story to tell. It is a story of
real, sustainable jobs being created through investment, because there is
confidence in the future. It is a story of our commitment to get rid of the
corruption that was rife in this government when we came into office in 2009.
And most important of all, it is a story of expanding opportunities to the
poorest citizens so that they may have a chance to live a life they
Mr Speaker, as we near the
end of this fourth democratically elected Provincial Parliament’s term, allow me
to report back to the citizens of the Western Cape on what our government has
achieved over the past five years.
But before I begin, I would first like to welcome two of
my special guests in the House today, Mr Colin Deiner, Chief Director for
Western Cape Disaster Management and Fire Brigade Services and Jacqui Pandaram,
Director of Operations: Western Cape Disaster Management. Mr Schalk Willem
Carstens, Director of Disaster Risk Reduction, could unfortunately, not be here
today but is part of this management team.
I would like to pay tribute to them and the rest of
their team for the work they do in dealing with the large number of floods and
fires that regularly hit our province.
The exceptional work you
do, often under the most trying of circumstances, saves lives and frequently
reduces damage and the subsequent heavy losses to our economy and individual
households. I would like to thank all of you for the critical role you play in
Vyf jaar gelede het ek voor hierdie Parlement gestaan en
onderneem om my bes te doen om ’n Premier vir almal te wees. Ek het ook sommige
van die reuse-uitdagings uitgelig wat ons as ’n nuutverkose regering in die
gesig gestaar het, asook wat ons planne was om hierdie uitdagings aan te
(Five years ago, I stood in front of this Parliament and
undertook to do my best to be a Premier for all the people. I also outlined some
of the enormous challenges we faced as a newly elected government and what our
plans were to tackle these.)
Most importantly, I stated that our government had
resolved to align everything we do to our overriding objective of combating
poverty and promoting opportunities for all, through policies that encourage
sustained economic growth; that attract, develop and retain skills and capital;
and that drive infrastructure development.
All of these factors
create the environment needed for job creation and our government believes that
one of the best indicators of opportunity is whether people are able to access
We also believe that
entrepreneurship is a crucial vehicle for creating jobs, increasing economic
growth and driving innovation. Over half of all formal employment in the country
is provided by small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
That is why we have prioritised providing support to
SMEs so that they are able to start up, survive, stabilise and
We have supported the establishment of twenty access
points across the province through our partnership with the Small Enterprise
Development Agency; the Business Place operating in Philippi, Cape Town CBD and
Khayelitsha; and the West Coast Business Development Centre, which collectively
have assisted over 22 000 SMEs with business development, procurement support
and access to finance.
Our Enterprise Development Fund, which is a partnership
between the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the
National Empowerment Fund, has committed to just under R20 million in loan
funding to small black-owned businesses over the last two financial years. 52%
of these businesses have been female owned.
ondersteuningsintervensies het ongeveer 11 400 werksgeleenthede gefasiliteer en
volgehou as gevolg van die stigting en uitbreiding van sowat 3000 Klein en
Medium Sake-ondernemings oor die afgelope drie jaar.
(Our various support
interventions have facilitated and sustained around 11 400 jobs as a result of
the establishment and expansion of around 3000 SMEs over the last three
However, one of the
biggest hindrances to the growth of entrepreneurs is the many regulatory
obstacles to doing business in South Africa. It is estimated that the annual
cost of red tape to SMEs is R80 billion, money that could have been used to
create jobs. Red tape is also cited as the reason why early-stage
entrepreneurial activity has decreased in the country. Provinces are,
unfortunately, not constitutionally empowered to change most of the laws and
regulations that result in red tape. But we can help people navigate through
them with minimal delays.
We established our Red
Tape Reduction unit in 2011, to assist SMEs to get through these bottlenecks. It
was the first unit of its kind in government. Since the launch of the unit’s
hotline less than three years ago, more than 2,200 queries have been received
and 87% of these have been successfully resolved.
The unit has also
developed a set of Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) guidelines and an
implementation framework that will be rolled out across the provincial
government during the 2014/2015 financial year. These guidelines will ensure any
new legislation or policies introduced by departments have been checked in order
to ensure that they do not increase the regulatory obstacles to doing business
in the province. Existing legislation and policies will also be
We all know that
corruption kills investment, destroys growth and jobs, and makes poor people
poorer. That is why we have focused on making sure there is no place for it in
Our Business Interest of
Employees Act, which was passed in 2010, has forbidden state employees and their
families from doing business with our administration. We are the only government
in the country to have passed this type of legislation.
We have also invested in
building the capacity of our forensic investigations unit (FIU). Between April
2010 and December 2013 the unit closed over 600 cases including tackling a huge
backlog inherited from the former administration.
Bedrog, korrupsie en ander
ongerymdhede is in meer as 230 van hierdie gevalle bevestig en ongeveer 120
hiervan is by die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiediens aangemeld. Dissiplinêre stappe is
geneem teen amptenare wat by hierdie sake betrokke was en dit het tot 43
afdankings gelei. Ons Forensiese Ondersoekeenheid is ook deur die
Staatsdienskommissie erkenning gegee as ’n voorbeeld van beste praktyk in die
(Fraud, corruption and
other irregularities were confirmed in more than 230 of these matters, and
around 120 were registered with the South African Police Services (SAPS).
Disciplinary action has been taken against officials implicated in these cases
resulting in 43 dismissals. The Public Service Commission has also recognised
our FIU as an example of best practice in the country.)
Our commitment to developing a corruption-free,
efficient public sector has resulted in over R2-billion worth of foreign direct
investment (FDI) flowing into the province over the last four years. This is
despite a decrease in global FDI.
Many sectors have
benefitted from this inflow including the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
sector. There are currently just over 40,000 people employed in the industry,
which is worth an estimated R8 billion. 70% of those employed are between the
ages of 18 and 35 and only have a matric. By next year the job numbers are
expected to grow to 52,245 and by 2016 to over 65,300.
While South Africa has
struggled to recover from the global economic downturn, a number of areas in the
province have started seeing the benefits of our various
One of these areas is
Atlantis just outside Cape Town, which has been hit by high levels of poverty
and unemployment for many years. New investors have moved into the area
recently, while existing companies have expanded and begun leading in
Die invloei van nuwe
beleggings is deels te danke aan die Stad Kaapstad en die Wes-Kaapse Regering se
gesamentlike plan om Atlantis die hart van groen-ekonomie vervaardiging in die
provinsie te maak.
(The inflow of new
investment is partly a result of the City of Cape Town and Western Cape
Government’s plan to make Atlantis the heart of green economy manufacturing in
Two years ago, the City of
Cape Town proactively identified portions of land at competitive rates in
Atlantis for manufacturers producing products and services related to the green
Both the provincial government and the City of Cape Town
also worked together to reduce the burden of red tape by obtaining environmental
clearance for industrial activities on the land. This has significantly sped up
the process of establishing manufacturing facilities in the area.
I am excited to announce
that GRI Renewable Industries, the wind industrial division of international
company Corporation Gestamp has revealed that it will be opening a wind tower
manufacturing facility in Atlantis this year. It will be fully operational by
the second half of 2014 and will create around 200 direct local jobs. The total
project investment will be around R333 million. There are also discussions
underway attract a wind turbine blade manufacturer to Atlantis. It is clear our
work to reduce bottlenecks over the last two years is starting to pay
These two factories are
also over and above the six renewable energy factories that have opened up in
the province over the last two years, including AEG, SMA, Jinko, SunPower,
Enertronica and ReneSola resulting in an investment of R200 million and 400
Another major investment in the area was the opening of
the R350 million Hisense factory last June, which is projected to create over
1000 local jobs over the next three years. The factory currently employs 450
people – 150 more than it initially projected. It has also already established
itself as a leader in technology on the continent, manufacturing the first UHD
TV in Africa.
Hisense oorweeg dit ook om
’n tweede-fase belegging in die Wes-Kaap te maak en om ’n
Navorsing-en-Ontwikkelingsentrum in die provinsie te vestig.
Die sukses van die
Hisense-ooreenkoms het daartoe gelei dat ander Sjinese maatskappye aktiewe
belangstelling daarin toon om die geleenthede te benut wat deur die Wes-Kaap
gebied word vir beleggings in nie-kommiditeitshulpbronne.
(Hisense is also
considering a second phase investment into the Western Cape and establishing a
Research and Development centre in the province.
The success of the Hisense
deal has resulted in other Chinese companies showing active interest in using
the opportunities offered by the Western Cape for non-commodity resource
Foundries has also become one of the top performing plants in the country. It
employs 1,170 people mostly from Atlantis and surrounding communities. All
modern freightliner trucks in America use Atlantis Foundries engine blocks,
which are the most modern and technically sophisticated engines available
overseas. Last year, the foundry surpassed its sister plant in Germany when it
comes to quality.
All of these investments
have created thousands of jobs in the area and have put Atlantis on the path to
becoming one of the leading green and manufacturing hubs in the
Another major development
up the West Coast is the Saldanha Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) which was
officially launched last October and, which has the potential to become one of
the most important levers for jobs and economic growth in the province. A recent
feasibility study completed by the UCT Graduate School of Business has estimated
that the development will have created 2 600 direct jobs by the end of its first
Over the past few months
several lease agreements have already been signed with international and South
African oil and gas companies. One of the largest oil rigs to be serviced in the
province, the Sedco 700, also recently docked at the Saldanha Bay port for
service repairs along with another three major oil rigs creating around 8000
jobs during their stay.
The growth in Atlantis and
Saldanha are important examples of how land and infrastructure can be used to
unlock and create wealth and attract investment by the private
In many of these projects,
we have worked constructively and well with the relevant national government
departments, as the constitution requires. However, other national government
departments, have, either for reasons of inefficiency or deliberate blocking,
prevented the development of key infrastructure projects that are essential to
generate growth and jobs.
Our province’s twelve small fishing harbours can play a
crucial role in supporting fishing communities and providing them with access to
other economic opportunities. Up to now the national department of Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries has been managing these harbours and allowed them fall
into disrepair. A report commissioned by the national government in 2005 made a
number of recommendations to address their dysfunctionality but not much has
changed nearly a decade later.
However, the constitutional mandate for harbours
actually lies with local government. We have therefore been engaging with the
national government for over a year to try and unlock the socio-economic
potential of these harbours but they have continuously blocked our efforts, to
prevent the partnership that proper management requires, to the detriment of
Secondly, our government has committed to connecting the
Western Cape to affordable, high speed broadband and we have set clear targets
for the roll-out of our broadband project. However, when we advertised for
companies to tender for the design, provision and management of the broadband
network in 2012, we were told by the South African Information Technology Agency
(SITA) that we were contravening the SITA Act, and that the tender had to be
awarded by them. We were required to cancel our procurement process and
requested SITA to manage the tender for a broadband network service on our
Mr Speaker, we are still waiting for this process to be
finalised, which has significantly delayed our broadband project and threatened
the delivery targets we have set. We are currently seeking legal advice on the
constitutionality of the SITA Act. And just this past week, it has emerged that
another province may have been allowed, by the relevant Minister, to circumvent
this constraining legislation, while we were forced to comply. I have written
to the Minister seeking clarity as a matter of urgency.
This is not the first time major projects in this
Province have been blocked by the national government. The construction of two
urgently needed schools in Grabouw was delayed for a number of years because the
national department of Public Works failed to transfer land to us. And of
course, as we know, those delays resulted in dire circumstances for the
I have decided that in future, when faced with this type
of stonewalling from national departments, we will move far faster in invoking
the constitutional mechanisms to declare an intergovernmental
Mnr die Speaker, ons besef dat ons regering ’n
deurslaggewende rol te speel het om burgers van geleenthede te voorsien, om
hulle vaardighede te ontwikkel. Om die vaardigheidspyplyn te versterk is
integraal tot die versnelling van ekonomiese groei en werkskepping.
Ons het byna R1.7 miljard aan
vaardigheids-ontwikkelingsprogramme oor die afgelope vyf jaar bestee en
opleidingsgeleenthede aan 98 327 mense voorsien.
(Mr Speaker, we recognise
that our government has a crucial role to play in providing opportunities to
citizens to develop their skills. Strengthening the skills pipeline is key to
boosting economic growth and job creation.
We have spent nearly R1.7
billion on skills development programmes over the last five years and provided
training opportunities to 98 327 people.)
I am delighted that a few
of the young people who have benefitted from our skills programmes were able to
join us today.
Imaan Kathrada and Zikhona Sangotsha are two of the 4065
young people who have been placed in work opportunities under our Work and
Skills programme since it started in 2009. Both of them are among the 60% of
this programme’s graduates who have been offered permanent placements once they
finish their training.
Imaan is 22 and works as a Human Resource Manager at
Stretch Experiential Marketing based in Woodstock. She was writing her matric
exams when she heard about the Work and Skills programme and applied. She
participated in the programme in 2009 and got a job as at a music rehearsal
studio and then at her current firm through the contacts she made during her
training year. Within two months of working at the company, she had used her
responsibility with such diligence, that she was appointed as head of their
human resource department. She says she is lucky to have her dreams come true
and attributes it the opportunity she got in the Work and Skills
Zikhona lives in Gugulethu
and currently works for Precision Press in Bellville. She matriculated from
Isilimela Comprehensive School in 2008 but struggled to find permanent work
after graduating. She submitted her CV to the provincial Department of Finance,
Economic Development and Tourism in the hope of finding work. The department
offered her an apprenticeship under the Work and Skills programme and she was
placed at Precision Press. She was offered a permanent position as an operator
at the factory after completing her apprenticeship and has recently also begun
assisting with the training at the company.
The Premier’s Advancement
of Youth (PAY) project has already provided 1,476 matriculants on- the- job
training in government departments for a year. Just over 750 will also take part
in the programme in 2014/2015.
21 year old Mogammad
Amierr Peterson took part in the programme in 2012 after his mother saw a
newspaper advert encouraging young people to apply. He was offered a job after
completing his internship in the Department of the Premier and plans to study
further. He says he has had a great experience so far and is grateful for the
opportunities that have been provided to him by the PAY
Finally, Abongile Feni,
also completed her PAY internship in 2012. She found out about the PAY programme
through her high school and applied to work in the provincial Department of
Agriculture. She was awarded a full bursary by the department to study a B.
Agric. at Elsenburg College after finishing her internship and is in her second
year of studies. She plans to work for the department once she has completed her
These four young people
are examples of what can be achieved if you have a government committed to
building pipelines of opportunity, and citizens who actively seize these
opportunities to improve their lives.
Mr Speaker, this is a
great example of Madiba’s vision of opportunity being translated into
Our government is committed to providing even more
skills development opportunities to young people living in the province. We are
currently working on a “GAP year” project where young graduates will be paid to
provide tutoring to learners at our after school MOD centres in order to improve
education outcomes. I plan to make a more detailed announcement on this
Last year, I explained how the Economic Development
Partnership (EDP) was a great example of our “Better Together”
The EDP has continued with
its important work over the past year including identifying potential areas of
greater collaboration between the province and the City of Cape Town’s economic
Om vennootskappe binne die
landbousektor te bou, deur samesprekings met plaaswerkers, georganiseerde arbeid
en boere te voer, vorm steeds deel van die Ekonomiese Ontwikkelingsvennootskap
se werk. Die Ontwikkelingsvennootskap het ook die “Toekoms van Landbou en die
Landelike Ekonomie”-proses gelei (they led the Future of Agriculture and the
Rural Economy / FARE process), wat uitgeloop het op ’n omvattende verslag en
stel aanbevelings vir al drie regeringsfere.
within the farming sector through engagements with farm workers, organised
labour, farmers also continues to form part of its work. The EDP also led the
Future of Agriculture and the Rural Economy (FARE) process, which has resulted
in a comprehensive report and set of recommendations for all three spheres of
In order to maximise trade
and tourism and attract investment into the province, we have developed a new
International Relations Strategy. Key regions have been identified in the
strategy, for collaboration and partnerships in the future. These areas are
Africa, the BRIC countries and our existing partners in the Regional Leaders
Increasing market access
for our province’s export products is a key priority and a special focus area
for the Department of Agriculture. It is estimated that just a 5% increase in
agricultural exports from the Western Cape could create 23 000 job opportunities
in the province.
Die departement het ‘n aantal intervensies ingestel om
boere by te staan om blootstelling in die oorsese market te verkry. Een van die
positiewe uitkomste was ’n 32%-toename in die uitvoer van Suid-Afrikaanse wyne
tussen 2009 en 2012.
Die Wes-Kaapse Regering is
verbind tot die ontwikkeling en ondersteuning van kleinskaal-boere en
bemagtigingsprojekte in landbou, en die verbetering van die lewens van
plaaswerkers in hierdie provinsie.
(The department has
introduced a number of interventions to assist farmers to gain exposure in
overseas markets. One of the positive outcomes has been a 32% positive export
growth of South African wines between 2009 and 2012.
The Western Cape
Government is committed to developing and supporting agricultural empowerment
projects and small-scale farmers and improving the lives of farm workers in the
Creating opportunities in the rural economy is critical
if we want to break the cycle of poverty in these areas and build social
Since 2010, the department has pioneered a unique
commodity approach to support empowerment projects under its Comprehensive
Agricultural Support Programme (CASP). Strategic partnerships have been forged
with commodity organisations in the fruit, dairy, grain, viticulture (wine and
table grapes), sheep and wool, meat, aquaculture, poultry and vegetable farming
The scale of support provided under this programme is
illustrated by the money spent and projects supported during the 2012/2013
financial year. Around R84.3 million was allocated to 82 projects across the
farming sectors benefitting 5452 beneficiaries.
For the 2014/15 financial year, Just over R55 million
has been allocated to fund a range of empowerment projects and to provide
training and market access support to smallholder farmers.
The commodity approach has made it possible for the
department to capitalise on the expertise of the agriculture industry and
provide mentoring support for black farmers to develop their commercial
Mnr die Speaker, ons
departement se aandeelgelykheid-skemas (share equity schemes) bly verder steeds
van die suksesvolste grondhervormingsprojekte in die land.
In antwoord op die
stakings wat aan die einde van 2012 in landelike gebiede in die provinsie
uitgebreek het, het die departement ook ’n 12-punt plan ontwikkel om die
onderliggende oorsake wat tot die gewelddadige onluste aanleiding gegee het, aan
(Mr Speaker, our
department’s share equity schemes also remain the most successful land reform
projects in the country.
In response to the strikes that broke out at the end of
2012 in rural areas in the province, the department also developed a 12 point
plan to address the underlying causes that led to the violent unrest.
Some of the main
interventions under this plan include the launch of a helpline dedicated to farm
worker issues, funding mechanisation training courses for farm workers on how to
use farm machinery; youth empowerment programmes in rural areas including
providing internships, study bursaries and accredited learnership training to
unemployed youth; investment in sport opportunities for farm workers;
facilitating engagement sessions between farmers and farm workers and conducting
a province wide farm worker survey in order to better understand the needs of
the farm worker community.
Our government budgeted R17 million for farm worker
development projects during the 2013/14 financial year.
A survey of farm workers
in the Overstrand and Theewaterskloof municipal areas has already been completed
and is moving to other municipalities. One of the main issues raised by farm
workers so far is the fact that they do not qualify for free basic services when
living on farms.
ESKOM traditionally supplies electricity to the farmer,
who does not qualify for the free service, with tariff charges varying from farm
So I am pleased to announce today that we hope to
rollout a major pilot project, in partnership with ESKOM, in the Hex River
Valley next year to provide a reliable electrical connection to each farm worker
household in the area so that they benefit from Free Basic
We have chosen the Hex River Valley area for the pilot
project because it comprises 170 farms with approximately 2000 farm worker
households, which means a large number of families will benefit from the
project, and we will be able to test it at scale.
A business plan for the
project has been developed by a task team consisting of the provincial
Departments of Local Government and Agriculture and ESKOM. The plan envisages
the project to start in February 2015 if the necessary R12.5 million funding
required for the pilot is secured from the national departments of Energy,
Treasury and Rural Development and Land Affairs. If the pilot is successful the
provision of Free Basic Electricity will be rolled out to farm worker households
across the province, a first in the country.
Die Wes-Kaapse Regering is
verheug daaroor om die koördineerder en fasiliteerder van hierdie opwindende
proefprojek te wees, wat, indien suksesvol, aan duisende arm plaaswerkers in die
provinsie groot verligting sal bring. Dit sal ook ’n puik voorbeeld wees van hoe
twee regeringsinstellings saamwerk om burgers van geleenthede te
(The Western Cape
Government is thrilled to be the co-ordinator and facilitator of this exciting
pilot project, which, if successful, will provide major relief to thousands of
poor farm worker households in the province.)
As I have already
mentioned, everything we have done over the last five years has been focused on
growing the economy, creating jobs and alleviating poverty in the province. But
we recognise that as long as deep inequalities in education still exist, we will
never redress the economic injustices of apartheid. Providing quality education
is the most important ladder of opportunity a government can provide to young
Mr Speaker, four years ago we
released our strategic plan for education up to 2019. This plan has served as
the blueprint for the sustained and systemic approach we have followed to
improve academic performance in language and mathematics, the National Senior
Certificate (NSC), as well as to reduce the number of underperforming schools in
We have not deviated from this plan, or the targets we
set ourselves in 2009, and we have continued to spend the bulk of our education
budget, over 80%, on the poorest 60% of our learners.
Some of our achievements in helping schools in the
poorest quintiles include:
· Increasing the
amount allocated to our school feeding scheme by more than 100% from R112
million in 2009 to R260 million in 2013/2014 and expanding the programme to
schools in Quintiles 4 and 5. Last year we also introduced a breakfast meal for
learners in addition to the lunch meal they receive each
· We have also
expanded our no-fee schools programme, which already covers all public schools
in Quintiles 1 to 3, to additional schools in Quintiles 4 and
· 216 schools in
these quintiles applied for no-fee status and the Western Cape Education
department has allocated R46 million in 2014/15 to cover the
· The Western Cape Government also pays the
highest amount of money, when compared to other provinces, to schools who
qualify for fee exemptions – an amount of over R90 million over the past three
Ons het ook ‘n vordering begin sien as gevolg van ons
verskeie intervensies en die 2013 NSS-uitslae was geen uitsondering
Ons het ’n rekord-aantal van 40 558 kandidate gehad wat
die matriek-eksamens geslaag het, wat die hoë mikpunt van 40 000 wat ons vyf
jaar gelede gestel het, oortref het. Dit is ook die hoogste aantal matrikulante
wat nog ooit in die provinsie geslaag het.
(We have also started seeing some progress as a result
of our many interventions and the 2013 NSC results were no
We had a record number of 40 558 candidates passing the
matric examinations, exceeding our stretch target of 40 000 passes that we set
five years ago. This was also the highest number of passes ever achieved in the
We have also continued to improve the retention rate of
learners at schools from 36.9% in 2009 to 52.1% in 2013. While we still have a
way to go this improvement is encouraging as it means many more learners are
making it through the schooling system, which improves their career
The Western Cape also had
the highest number of learners qualifying for Bachelor Degree studies in the
country, with 3158 more learners qualifying than in 2012 and 5153 more learners
than in 2009.
We have also continued to
see a climb in the number of learners passing maths and science in the province.
In 2013, 12 216 candidates passed maths compared to 11 311 in 2012 and in
physical science the number of passes increased from 7995 to 8333. We have also
reduced the number of underperforming schools from 85 in 2009 to 23 in
More importantly, the results of our poorer schools in
Quintiles 1, 2 and 3, have improved significantly over the past few
· The number of NSC passes in Quintiles 1 to 3
schools has increased by 3354 learners since 2009;
· The number of
learners achieving Bachelor passes in poorer communities has more than DOUBLED
since 2009 from 1432 passes to 3219 passes in 2013;
· The number of
underperforming schools in Quintiles 1 to 3 has also decreased by 66% from 50
schools in 2009 to 17 in 2013.
Dit beteken dat meer en meer kinders wat in arm
gemeenskappe in die provinsie woon, met vaardighede toegerus word wat hulle
benodig om sukses te behaal en hul lewensstandaard te verbeter.
(This means more and more
children living in poor communities in the province are being equipped with the
skills they need to succeed in gaining further opportunities to improve their
quality of life.)
We are the only province that conducts rigorous
competency testing for our matric markers and we are therefore confident that
our results are credible and accurately reflect the ongoing improvements within
our education system.
Improving language and
mathematics levels in all grades remains a core focus of our government. The
Western Cape department of education has been conducting systemic,
internationally bench-marked language and mathematic testing for all learners in
Grades 3, 6 and 9 in order to determine the levels of learners’ abilities so we
can identify and target weaknesses and improve outcomes. We are the only
province to have conducted such testing.
These tests are of
international standard, independently administered, tested and marked by outside
service providers, and learners must get 50% to pass. The results show that
while our good public schools are world class, we still have a lot of work to
do, to ensure that our weakest schools are providing internationally benchmarked
Last year, a total of 245
285 learners from 1 422 Public Ordinary schools were tested, as well as, 6 133
learners from 98 Independent schools.
We are pleased that while, the pass rates are not
acceptable, there has been an improvement in the mathematics results in all
Our concern, however, is the Language results. All three
grades saw a slip in their pass rates on the international
Mr Speaker, these tests are not an exercise in
self-congratulation by our government. That is why they are of an extremely high
standard, far higher, than the annual national assessment (ANA) testing
administered by the national government. So you cannot compare our systemic
test results with the ANA results in the rest of the country.
Holding our learners to a much higher standard is also
the reason we insist that our matric markers be tested and why we have the
highest number of learners qualifying for Bachelor Degrees in the
Finally, our education budget continues to face the
pressure of ever increasing enrolment numbers each year. Since 2010, inward
migration has resulted in over 130 000 additional new enrolments within our
education system, 80% of these enrolments were from the Eastern Cape. This year
alone, the department enrolled 21 631 learners from the province.
The Western Cape
Government is committed to providing all learners entering our province, who are
seeking better opportunities, with access to quality education. However, this
does have major financial and planning implications, particularly when many of
these learners arrive unexpectedly at the beginning of a school year, and often
a few days or weeks into the school term.
We have estimated that the migration of learners from
the Eastern Cape over the last five years has cost an additional R1.2 billion.
Yet, this money has not been diverted from the Eastern Cape education budget,
even though they now service 100 000 fewer learners. We need to start
questioning why this money is not being re-allocated to the provinces that are
actually providing for these learners’ education.
Mr Speaker, citizens cannot take advantage of their
opportunities if they are not healthy.
Ons besef dat intervensies
om die siektelas te verlig en om seker te maak dat ons kinders gesond grootword,
ook sal help om ’n sterker ekonomie te bewerkstellig en armoede te bekamp. Ons
glo dat ’n regering wat omgee ‘n verantwoordelikheid het om te verseker dat
toeganklike, bekostigbare, hoë-kwaliteit gesondheidssorg aan elke burger in die
provinsie beskikbaar is.
(We recognise that interventions to reduce the burden of
disease and to ensure that our children grow up healthy will help to create a
stronger economy and reduce poverty. We also believe that a caring government is
responsible for ensuring that accessible, affordable, high quality health care
is available to every citizen living in the
80% of patients receiving
treatment at Western Cape hospitals receive free services or pay a nominal
A key focus of all our
health policies and programmes is improving wellness through behavioural change.
One of the main drivers of the serious service pressures on our health system is
the quadruple burden of disease consisting of HIV and TB; chronic diseases and
mental health; injuries, and woman and child health.
Over 80% of our budget is
spent on health conditions resulting from alcohol and drug abuse, risky sexual
behaviour, unhealthy lifestyles and lack of exercise. In other words, our budget
is being drained by preventable health problems, while many unpreventable
conditions do not get the treatment they deserve.
It is critical that
citizens start taking responsibility for their health and wellbeing so that we
can reduce the major pressure on our health system, which is already under
severe strain due to a 28.8% increase in the province’s population over the last
Yesterday, Minister Botha briefed the media on the
pressures currently facing our health system including the dramatic rise in
patient numbers visiting our medical facilities. He reiterated that our
government is committed to treating all new patients needing medical care but
that we would also be seeking legal advice on how to challenge the formula that
National Treasury applies when allocating provincial budgets, which does not
take into account the real-time inflow of people into affected
Some of the high level priority areas include
strengthening partnerships with the private sector, revitalising infrastructure
and improving patient experience at our health facilities.
We have made progress in
many of these areas since 2009.
For example, we have spent
R2.7 billion on health infrastructure over the last four years, which has
resulted in our government delivering a number of medical facilities including
17 clinics, 12 ambulance stations or disaster management centres, 8 district
hospitals including Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain hospitals, 13 regional and
specialised hospital projects, 21 central hospital projects, 5 pathology labs
and the Western Cape Nursing College.
Our complaints hotline has
also been a huge success. During 1 August 2012 until 31 January 2014, 1096
complaints were logged of which 795 or 72.5% were resolved.
Ons het ook ’n aantal
innovasies bekendgestel ten opsigte van die bou van vennootskappe en uitbreiding
van gesondheidsorg-geleenthede in die provinsie.
(We have also introduced a
number of innovations when it comes to building partnerships and expanding
healthcare opportunities in the province.)
First, the departments of health and education have
provided R24 million to fund five state-of-the-art mobile units visiting
schools, mostly in poor and rural areas to screen and treat Grade R and Grade 1
learners for conditions that require medical and dental care. These screening
tests will assist us in identifying any disabilities or health challenges at an
early stage so that these can be treated and do not affect learners’ school
The mobile units will
start visiting schools in the next few months. We have also appealed to the
private sector to partner with us to expand the reach of this important
We have also outsourced
the packaging and distribution of patient medication parcels to a service
provider. Currently an average of 215 000 medicine parcels are distributed each
month to 1,400 alternative sites across the province, which means these patients
do not have to travel to a clinic or hospitals and wait in long queues to fetch
This has reduced the
waiting times at clinics and lightened the workload of pharmacies at community
health centres. Hierdie is die eerste inisiatief van sy soort in die
Ons het ook vordering
gemaak in ’n aantal areas wat gesondheiduitkomste betref oor die afgelope vyf
jaar. Ons het, byvoorbeeld, steeds die hoogste TB-genesingsyfer in die land,
naamlik 81.7%. Verder het ons die aantal baba-sterftes sedert 2010/2011
geleidelik laat afneem en ons het ook die hoogste lewensverwagtingskoerse vir
beide mans en vrouens in die land.
(This is the first
initiative of its kind in the country. We have also made progress in a number of
health outcome areas over the last five years. For example, we continue to have
the highest TB cure rate in the country at 81.7%. We have also steadily
decreased the number of infant deaths since 2010/2011 and we have the highest
life expectancy rate for both males and females in the
The Western Cape also has
the lowest mother-to-child HIV transmission rate and an Institute of Race
Relations study also found that the province had the highest condom distribution
rate in the country. We have distributed almost 114-million male condoms between
April 2012 and March 2013.
The Human Sciences
Research Council (HSRC) also released the key findings of its 2012 household
survey last year, which found that the Western Cape had the lowest HIV
prevalence rate in the country.
Mr Speaker, substance
abuse not only increases the burden of disease in the province, but it also
compromises education outcomes, destroys families and fuels violent crime, all
of which threaten economic growth and job creation.
Substance abuse robs
people of opportunity. It also threatens social cohesion.
That is why as soon as we
assumed office five years ago we identified the critical need for a
comprehensive strategy to combat substance abuse in the province. We launched
this plan a year later and have been systematically implementing it ever
Some of our key interventions to date
· Increasing our expenditure from R42 million in
2009 to R87 million this year;
substance abuse education in the Life Orientation teaching material in
· Substantially increasing our drug
rehabilitation centres from 8 in 2009 to 28 in 2014;
early intervention and short-term counselling programmes at Social Development
offices in Athlone, Gugulethu, Wynberg and Mitchell’s Plain;
· Om ’n groot aantal Nie-regeringsorganisasies
te befonds sodat behandelingsdienste aan duisende pasiënte gelewer kan word.
(Funding a large number of NGOs to provide treatment services to thousands of
However, we also recognise that prevention is better
than cure, which is why one of the main focuses of the substance abuse strategy
is introducing interventions that deter young people from risky
Our MOD centre programme
provides learners a safe, fun place to play sport and participate in cultural
activities every day after school thereby keeping them off the streets and away
from gangs, drugs and alcohol.
We have continued to expand this programme and there has
been a major increase in enrolment figures. Currently, 48,894 learners are
registered at the 181 MOD centres based at schools across the province, which is
an increase of 34,894 learners over the past year. The department of social
development also supplies meals at 101 of these centres in the afternoons, which
is over and above the Western Cape department of Education’s feeding scheme
during school hours. It plans to expand this service to all MOD centres during
the new financial year.
I am also excited to
announce that, together with the City, we opened the country's first youth café
in Rocklands in January. The café is free to young people and provides training
in entrepreneurship and business strategy. Young people are provided with
virtual credit to spend on resources including refreshments and using the
computers and laptops at the facility. They earn credits thereafter by either
presenting acts of community service to the café staff or by attending training
sessions at the café.
Sedert die kafee amptelik
’n maand gelede oopgemaak het, het meer as 400 mense geregistreer om toegang tot
die program te kry. Ons beplan ook om nog jeugkafees in Nyanga Junction,
Atlantis, Vredendal, Bredasdorp en Oudtshoorn oop te maak. Dit sal egter
aansienlike finansiële hulpbronne en vennootskappe met die privaatsektor
(Since it officially
opened a month ago, over 400 people have registered to access the programme. We
are also planning to open more youth cafes in Nyanga Junction, Atlantis,
Vredendal, Bredasdorp and Oudtshoorn. However, this will require a significant
amount of financial resources and partnering with the private
NGOs also play a crucial
role in all our poverty alleviation programmes and promoting social cohesion,
which is why we provide funding to around 2,115 NGOs across the province each
year. The Financial and Fiscal Commission has found that our Department of
Social Development spends a bigger portion of its budget (68%) on transfer
payments to NGOs than any other province in this country.
But key to any successful
strategy aimed at tackling substance abuse and its related social ills,
including gangsterism and violent crime, is a strong criminal justice
The Western Cape
Government has no powers when it comes to investigating crimes and securing
convictions in a court of law. This is a national
Our role is confined to
oversight where we can monitor and assess the police and make recommendations to
police management on systemic problems and failings.
When we draw attention to systemic problems, we do so
because it is the role given to us by Section 206 of the Constitution. We want
the people of the Western Cape to receive better policing and to ensure that
police officers on the ground are given the resources and training they need in
order to deliver this service.
We have introduced a number of interventions to improve
policing in the province over the last five years.
After receiving a request
from a group of civil society organisations in Khayelitsha, prompted by a spate
of vigilante killings, I established a Commission of Inquiry into allegations of
police inefficiency in the area in August 2012.
widespread support from the Khayelitsha community for the Commission, it was
delayed for over a year due to legal proceedings instituted by the National
Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa who tried to block it.
The matter eventually landed up in the Constitutional
Court, after Minister Mthethwa’s application to the Western Cape High Court was
The judgment made the
following key finding:
“The Premier is obliged to take reasonable steps to
shield the residents of Khayelitsha from the unrelenting invasion of their
fundamental rights because of continued police inefficiency in combating crime
and the breakdown of relations between the police and the
The Commission begun
public hearings last month and I look forward to receiving its recommendations
once it has concluded its work.
Mr Speaker, the Constitutional Court ruling was a
victory for provincial oversight and also paves the way for implementation of
our new Community Safety Act as Minister Mthethwa’s court challenge mirrors
those that have already been overturned by the Constitutional
Last October, I signed the proclamations to put a number
of operational sections in the Act into effect. A Safety Advisory Council is
currently being established and is envisaged to be up and running by the end of
May. The primary task of the Council will be to advise on the regulations
required to operationalise the Act.
We also aim to establish a
Western Cape Police Ombudsman who will be empowered to investigate reports of
police corruption, abuse of power, or service delivery failures by
Other provisions of the
Act, including Neighbourhood Watch accreditation and strengthening Community
Police Forum structures, will be fully implemented during the 2014/2015
We have also continued
with our Expanded Partnership Programme aimed at strengthening the role of the
Community Police Forums and the important role they play in their communities.
The forums are being remunerated to visit police stations on a regular basis and
supply the Department of Community Safety with accurate, verifiable information.
Currently 88% of Community Police Forums have signed up to be part of the
Ons het ook byna die
befondsing verdubbel wat ons beskikbaar maak vir programme om veiligheid in arm
gemeenskappe te bevorder, van R41 miljoen in 2010/2011 tot R80 miljoen in
(We have also nearly
doubled the funding we provide for safety promotion programmes in poor
communities from R41 million in 2010/2011 to R80 million in
These programmes include
the Youth Work Programme that places youth-at-risk in short term work
opportunities with various partners including Central City Improvement
Districts, NGOs, municipalities and government departments during which they are
paid a stipend. So far 430 youths have participated in this programme at a cost
of R9.1 million.
We have also been
pioneering the Youth and Religion safety initiative over the past few years that
allows religious and faith-based organisations, through funding from the
Community Safety department, to run their own youth safety programmes in their
communities over the school holiday period. Since December 2012, 17 000 youth
have participated in these programmes, keeping them off the
Mr Speaker, we have
repeatedly sought to work co-operatively with the police because that is what
the Constitution requires and we believe it offers us the best chance of
bringing down crime in the province. We have warmly congratulated the SAPS for
their recent success in securing convictions against high profile gangsters.
While our co-operation on the ground continues to improve, it is unfortunate
that our efforts have been constantly blocked by the SAPS national leadership
and the national government.
have revealed that the Western Cape has the highest number of understaffed
police stations and largest personnel shortage out of the nine provinces. At the
same time there has been a massive drop in the number of police reservists
deployed due to the national government placing a moratorium on the recruitment
This has placed major
strain on the police officers in our province who are unable to carry out their
duties effectively. Testimony provided by station commanders at the Khayelitsha
Commission of Inquiry have highlighted the challenges they face because of
under-resourcing, especially with respect to modern
Minister of Community
Safety Dan Plato has raised our concerns over personnel shortages on a number of
occasions with Minister Mthethwa through our “Policing Needs and Priorities”
reports and at MINMEC meetings. The national Minister has, however, failed to
respond to our requests or requirements.
We have also repeatedly lobbied the National Minister
and President Jacob Zuma to reinstate specialised gang units in the Western
Ons glo dat die herinstelling van hierdie eenheid
krities is as ons, ons gemeenskappe van bendes, en die geweldsmisdaad en
dwelmplaag wat daarmee gepaardgaan, wil verlos. Die Nasionale Ontwikkelingsplan
het ook ’n beroep gedoen op die herinstelling van hierdie eenhede.
(We believe the
re-establishment of this unit is critical if we want to rid our communities of
gangs and the violent crime and scourge of drugs associated with them. The
National Development Plan has also called for the reinstatement of these
Gang violence has once again surged in recent weeks with
many innocent bystanders being caught in the gang crossfire and schooling in
certain hotspot areas being disrupted, including Manenberg. I am therefore
calling on President Zuma and Minister Mthethwa to take the action that is
needed to properly resource policing in these areas, so that crimes are
investigated and convictions secured.
The small number of Metro
Police cannot be expected to take over the function of SAPS.
Road safety, however, is a law enforcement area where
provincial and local governments do have powers and functions. I am pleased to
announce that our administration has made major progress in reducing road
fatalities over the last five years. There were 1,739 road deaths In the year
before we came into office, and 1,216 during 2013 - an overall decrease of
This reduction is a result
of a number of innovations we have introduced including having the only 24/7
traffic service in the country that conducts weekend alcohol blitzes across the
City and the province; initiatives focusing on long distance public transport
such as regular safety checks and a fatigue management programme; implementing
average speed over distance camera enforcement technology on the province’s
deadliest stretches of our roads.
Road safety is also an
area where partnerships are critical to progress. Reducing deaths on our roads
is heavily dependent on whether citizens take responsibility for their own
Mr Speaker, I have left
the most complex delivery area of all until last. Our government recognises that
building integrated and sustainable human settlements in the province is
critical to building social cohesion and eradicating
That is why 93% of human settlements budget is spent on
housing programmes aimed at people earning less than R3500 per
We have also focused on delivering a range of housing
opportunities in a way that is most fair considering our limited resources and
the increasing demand of a rapidly growing population in the province. It is
important to remind ourselves that this province grew, demographically, by
almost 46% over 17 years, and most of the new residents are desperately
Since 2009, we have
delivered 119,674 housing opportunities over 16 programs, creating 37,130 jobs,
and using the services of around 147 broad-based BEE
department of human settlement projects include a gap housing project in Harmony
Village, social housing projects in Elsies River and Scottsdene, the Drommedaris
social housing project in Brooklyn, the Asazani project in Mosselbay, the Luxolo
People’s Housing Project in Browns Farm, and the Siyaphumelela People’s Housing
Process Project in Makhaza.
We have also focused on
providing beneficiaries with security of tenure by radically improving the rate
at which title deeds are transferred to recipients of new housing projects.
Between 2009 and 2014, the department issued 88,263 title deeds, which has
drastically reduced the backlog we inherited from the previous
We have also driven a number of interventions aimed at
strengthening project planning pipelines in municipalities and the policies
governing the beneficiary selection process.
Regional Directors have
been appointed by the department for each of the five districts in the province
and the City of Cape Town who provide direct support to municipalities and are
supported by professional resource teams. Five year project pipelines have also
been developed for every municipality.
The department has also
developed the electronic Western Cape Housing Demand Database, which
municipalities can use to record and manage their housing demand data. This
system drastically minimises opportunities for corruption during the allocation
Our government has adopted a framework of norms and
standards for municipalities to select beneficiaries from housing waiting lists
for subsidy projects. This has greatly enhanced the fairness and transparency of
the allocation process.
Die Departement van Menslike Nedersettings het ook
daarop gefokus om die behuisingsbehoeftes van plaaswerkers met die munisipale
beplanningsprosesse te integreer. Hulle het ’n duidelike stel riglyne vir
munisipaliteite ontwikkel om te verseker dat plaaswerkers op hul databasisse vir
behuisingsaanvraag geregistreer is en voorgestel dat ’n kwota vir ouer
plaaswerkers by die munisipale seleksie-beleide ingesluit word.
(The Department of Human
Settlements has also focused on integrating farm worker housing needs into
municipal planning processes. It has developed a clear set of guidelines for
municipalities to ensure that farm workers are registered on their demand
housing databases and suggests that a quota should be included in municipal
selection policies for older farm workers.)
All of these innovations have contributed towards
improving the delivery of housing opportunities in the most optimal and fair
However, recently the ANC
has started playing political football with housing. They have repeatedly
claimed that when they were in government in the province “they built 16,000
houses per year; while the DA has only been able to build 10,000 houses per
We were sceptical of the ANC’s delivery claims and
therefore asked the Forensic Investigation Unit in the Department of the Premier
to do an audit on the source of this data, namely the 2008/2009 annual report
produced by the then department of local government and housing under the former
The annual report claims
that the ANC completed 15,717 houses during 2008/2009 but the FIU discovered
that this claim cannot be verified. For a start, the ANC’s thumb-suck figure
includes programmes that had nothing to do with building and delivering housing
units. And it also shows that the ANC simply shifted the deadline, and counted
units that had not been completed by the end of the financial year. They got
away with it because at that stage the Auditor General was not verifying these
claimed statistics by actually counting the finalised housing total by the
But despite this, the
Auditor General noted in the 2008/2009 audit that “the evidence provided to
support the performance as reported in the draft annual report was in a number
of instances materially inconsistent with the reported performance
That is AG speak for: You
were talking nonsense. If we are to compare apples with apples and, if we add
all our subsidised programmes to the housing delivery figure, our record far
out-strips anything the ANC is able to claim. In short, their claim to have
built 16,000 houses each year is without foundation. I would use stronger terms
than this, but it would probably be un-Parliamentary, Mr
While the ANC distorts
facts and figures to back their service delivery claims, we will carry on
delivering basic services and housing opportunities to communities across the
There are many more
programmes and plans that have been implemented by our government, which I could
mention today. But I have spoken for too long already.
Mr Speaker, while we acknowledge that we still have a
long way to go to realise fully our vision of creating an Open, Opportunity
Society for all in the province, I believe that in the Western Cape we are
making progress in realising the dream we all shared in 1994.
It only remains for me to thank the citizens of the
Western Cape for voting our government into power in 2009 and for giving us the
opportunity to fulfil our mandate and deliver on the promises we made to you. I
would like to thank a remarkable team of people, both in the provincial cabinet,
as well as the professional administration, led by the Director General, for
showing what “better together” means in practice.
continue making the Western Cape “Better