I welcome the announcement by the Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, Masizole Mnqasela, that the Utter of Province Address (SOPA) this yr will be held on the Velddrif Town Hall, in Velddrif within the West Waft District of our province. This can happen on Tuesday, 15 February 2022.
I am furious that my third SOPA in a row will happen in surely one of our communities, bringing Parliament closer to our other folks. Parliament belongs to every citizen of this province, and so this valuable session, where I situation out this authorities’s plans for the yr forward, wants to be accessible to extra residents across our province.
In closing yr’s SOPA, I situation out how the Western Cape Authorities will lead from the front within the fight against COVID-19, to train existence-saving vaccinations, and to originate obvious a restoration that delivers the roles, the safety and the wellbeing our province wants to transfer forward.
In focussing on these priorities, we possess got all over again had to face predominant challenges. The devastating third wave closing yr precipitated extra loss, trouble and heartache. Our economic system also persisted to suffer as restrictions mark livelihoods, misery miniature businesses, and exacerbated poverty and inequality.
On the just a few hand, we noticed huge braveness and innovation across our province, in our authorities, and amongst our residents and our businesses. We all over again led from the front to train a tidy, in payment authorities. We delivered a corruption-free, successfully-flee COVID-19 response, including surely one of doubtlessly the most worthwhile vaccination outreaches within the country, saving many lives. We continue to train quality public schooling, with improved retention rates and the fitting bachelor run payment. Our public health system is, by far, the fitting within the country. And we persisted to function our extensive Provincial Security Draw, seeing successes within the fight against crime, with the soon to be 1000 additional laws enforcement officers deployed to our crime hotspots.
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We even possess hope on the horizon. The fourth wave, which commenced on the finish of closing yr, showed us that we can now normalise our response to COVID-19 within the yr forward and that vaccinations are working to guard these most at likelihood.
This is why our heart of attention ought to now flip to fight the second pandemic of unemployment, which continues unabated. It wants to be fought with the same passion, braveness and innovation in mumble that we roll relieve poverty, starvation and crime within the Western Cape. This might maybe maybe well well be my high priority within the yr forward, and I wait for reflecting on this in my speech.
I’d love to thank the community of Velddrif within the Bergrivier Municipality for net net hosting us this yr, and I wait for enticing with you across the speech in mumble that your views and your expectations for the yr forward are integrated into our authorities’s plans.
I also wait for enticing with the opposition for the length of the debate on the Utter of the Province Address, which can happen on 16 February. I hope to hear unique and contemporary suggestions that will abet transfer our province forward.
My station of business will be sharing extra valuable components on the SOPA programme with the final public and the media within the coming weeks and we promise to preserve you informed every step of the design in which.