DA debates 2014/15 Economic Development Annual Report

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 02 December 2015 by the DA’s Janet Semple MPL, Ina Cilliers MPL and Ashor Sarupen MPL during a debate on the 2014/15 Annual Report for the Department of Economic Development.

Speech by
Janet Semple MPL

“Economic planning must reflect the dynamics of Gauteng”

  • The biggest contribution the Department of Economic Development could make to job creation is to create an enabling environment in which small businesses and entrepreneurs can flourish.The ANC in this province must make up its mind: does it support the NDP or does it support the New Growth Path? It cannot do both and expect the economy to thrive.
  • Gauteng, along with the rest of South Africa governed by the ANC, continues to record low levels of entrepreneurship and high levels of failure among start-ups, despitethe creations generous funding of multiple government agencies tasked with financing SMMEs.
  • To quote from the DA’s policy on Tackling South Africa’s Economic Crisis: small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (otherwise known as SMMEs) are the primary absorbers of labour in our economy.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Ina Cilliers MPL

“Economic experiments leading Gauteng down a dangerous road”

  • Government owned enterprise hubs and industrial parks are just not taking off. The department spends money over and over to revitalize and recapitalize, but there is no critical examination of why they fail?
  • Make it easy for SME and new entrants to become part of the formal economy by cutting red tape in Gauteng.
  • Leave the free market alone- we have good monetary policy tools to target inflation, curb volatility and stabilize the market.
  • It is not the free market that agreed to an unfunded wage increase of R 61bn for the public service that could wipe out our contingency reserve in the next 3 years- that’s our emergency money, supposed to be kept safe in case of any new economic shocks.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Ashor Sarupen MPL

“Annual report highlights how department papers over the cracks of poverty”

  • For our economy to grow, we need reliable water infrastructure and reliable electricity infrastructure. It is no surprise that problems cause by the ANC’s failure to invest in this critical economic infrastructure over the past 21 years is a key reason why we fail to attract investment and create jobs.
  • Gauteng still does not have a dedicated program or office of Red Tape Reduction, unlike a certain other province, which has seen a decline in real unemployment by rolling out the red carpet for the SMME sector.
  • Until the fundamentals are addressed, the department is just papering over the cracks of a faltering economy, and the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment will persist.

The full speech can be obtained here.