The Provincial government continues to see a decline in Covid-19 cases in our province and half of the 2900 active cases are in Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi, OR Tambo and Amathole. We see a decline in deaths, but sadly we have now lost 10 975 lives in our province. We are concerned by the behavior of our people in the Metros again who flocked to beaches, bars and taverns without adhering to social distancing, wearing of masks protocols. This is something will monitor closely and address through heightened law enforcement.
We welcome the transparency from national health team who were very quick to inform the nation about challenges with the current Astrazeneca vaccine. That act is in line with our intention to administer a safe and high quality vaccine to our people.
The ANC Lekgotla said government must strength coordination of key infrastructure projects: It said our eyes must be fixed squarely the implementation of:
- Mzimvubu Project
- N2 Wildcoast Project
- Biofuel Project
- LNG Gas Project
- Broadband Project
- Bhisho Precinct Project
- The revival of industrial parks
- Establishment of the Wildcoast Special Economic Zones
It directed Provincial government to build the cooperative sector and SMME sector and ensure that rural development and the work of building resilient and sustainable rural and township economies forms part of the key pillars of our economic reconstruction and recovery strategies.
It instructed us to ensure that more work is done to mainstream designated groups in the economy. This includes the work of introducing enabling legislation and implementation of the existing preferential policies and set asides.
It said we must be firm in supporting survivors of GBV and advocate for harsh punishment for those found guilty of GBV and femicide.
It said to build the Eastern Cape we want we must have a capable, ethical and developmental government that is intolerant of corruption.
It emphasized the need for the provincial government to strengthen and support capacity building and interventions in distressed municipalities.
It also asserted that we must utilize social compacts with key stakeholders such Traditional Leaders, Business, Labour and Civil Society to address our common challenges.