The life expectancy of people living in
Gauteng has improved, premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Monday.
"Gauteng residents today are healthier
and live longer than ever before," she said in her state-of-the-province
speech, prepared for delivery.
"As a result more access to health
care has been achieved and the burden of disease effectively tackled."
She said child mortality and
HIV/Aids-related deaths had decreased dramatically.
Service providers were being paid on time
after budget reforms were implemented, accruals had declined and debt recovery
was more effective, she said.
"We increased the timeous payment of service
providers from 30% in 2009 to 90% 2013, helping to save many of our emerging
entrepreneurs from financial ruin and build stronger relationship with service
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In the 2013/14 financial year, the
infrastructure budget for health was adjusted to R1.5 billion."And since
2009 we have cumulatively spent close to R8.5 billion on health
infrastructure," she said. Mokonyane said Natalspruit and Jabulani/Zola
hospitals were at a commissioning stage.
The new Zola Hospital was expected to be
opened in April and the Natalspruit Hospital in July. Various other hospitals
in the province would be refurbished.
"A total of 34 projects are targeted
for refurbishment and rehabilitation, with an estimated budget of R477 million
over a three-year period." The premier said the roll-out of
anti-retroviral treatment had contributed to the increase in life expectancy.
Transport infrastructure remained the key
driver for inclusive growth and social integration in Gauteng, Mokonyane said. The
roll-out of the Bus Rapid Transport System had made strides towards
implementing a transport network in the province.
Mokonyane used the opportunity to thank
users who had registered for the e-tag.
"We also wish to thank over one
million people who have registered for the e-tolls and bought their e-tags.
It's the right thing to do," she said.
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If e-toll billing glitches continued, her
office would make representations to the national transport department on
behalf of Gauteng residents, she said.
The Gautrain and expansion of OR Tambo
International Airport contributed towards the transport system, the tourism
sector and economic activity.
Mokonyane said Gauteng had demonstrated a
consistent upswing in matric results and an increased number in overall
There were 1.7 million pupils in the 2070
schools across the province. In Soweto, the matric pass rate increased from 59%
in 2009 to 83% in 2013. "The 2013 Grade 12 results the best ever –
further attest to the success of our interventions," she said.
"We are particularly proud of the
performance by no-fee schools, with a pass rate of 81.4%. A total of about 36 000
learners achieved distinctions and Bachelor passes."
She said the number of schools performing
below 60% in matric was reduced from 234 in 2009 to 43 in 2013.
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Many bursaries awarded
A total of R460 million in bursaries was awarded
to more than 12 000 pupils. Since 2009, 141 new schools were built in the
Mokonyane said the province was dedicated
to creating jobs for thousands of young people.
With the Gauteng Youth Employment Strategy
about 102 000 jobs had been created since 2009, she said.
Speaking about the recent service delivery
protests in the province, Mokonyane said it had cost the province R65 million.
To eradicate the bucket toilet system, the
provincial government had a R60 million budget in place, she said.
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