ANC welcomes SOPA speech

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has welcomed the State of the Province Address (SOPA) delivered by EC premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane at the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature in Bisho on Tuesday.

CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC: Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane
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“We strongly believe that the SOPA has laid a solid foundation for the acceleration of the goals that were set out at the beginning of the sixth term, that of transforming the economy and creating jobs in order to address unemployment, poverty and inequalities in our province,” said ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi.

“We are encouraged by the Premier’s announcement that Umzimvubu Water Project has been gazzeted and the construction of the advanced infrastructure will start before the end of this year 2021.”

Ngcukayitobi said the party welcomed the R16.8 billion investment from Sanral towards road infrastructure in the province, which would go a long way to boosting economic growth and job opportunities.

“We further welcome the decision by Transnet to invest and upgrade the Southcor rail corridor which in turn will revive the transportation of goods.”

Ngcukayitobi said that the investment of R590.4 million in the refurbishment of health facilities is highly appreciated and will assist in the fight against Covid-19.

“We also applaud Mabuyane for an unwavering and principled commitment to clean administration and the fight against corruption and maladministration.

“We call on the Eastern Cape provincial government to intensify its efforts to fight corruption and malfeasance,” he said.

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