Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi finally delivered his much anticipated state of the province address yesterday at the Johannesburg City Hall.
"We continue to support woman empowerment and I am pleased to announce that their budget will be increased as we know women are the backbones of every household," said Lesufi .
Lesufi went on to announce that e-tolls in Gauteng have been scrapped permanently. "Residence of Gauteng we are pleased to announce that e-tolls have been scrapped permanently. We are delighted that Gauteng people will no longer have to worry about them as we are going back to our lives like before," he said.
Lesufi further touched on the issue of dusty roads in townships. "Over the past few months we have engaged all our municipalities. We have engaged all our municipalities to wipe out dusty streets. We are also in talks with Limpopo province to link railway lines so that It will be faster to travel to the province and not get stuck in the traffic.
Lesufi further touched on the issue of education in Gauteng."We are pleased to announce that we are being recognised internationally. We are committed in investing in technology. Gone are the days where children in creche will come to play, sing, eat and sleep. As a province we will continue to support the youth integrated programme," he said.Lesufi further announced that Gauteng alone has spent R1.6 Billion in youth businesses.
"The issue of fighting crime should be our apex priority. We should unleash all our resources at our disposal to tackle crime. To this end, we are increasing our budget of fighting crime from R750 million to multi-billion in the next three years.' Lesufi further said that starting from the 1st of April 2023, they will start to connect suburb, townships, business districts, schools and other public places with high tech, face and car recognition CCTVs. "We will arm our residents with e-panic buttons that will be linked to our law enforcement agencies, CCTVs and our new state-of-the-art Integrated Command Centre,' he said.