Gauteng government report card has pluses and minuses

On Tuesday Gauteng Premier David Makhura presented the mid-term performance review of the current administration at the Wits Business School.

Makhura, who has been the premier since 2014, outlined key issues which have been leading the dialogue between government and community and spoke of what the provincial office has done and plans to tackle challenges.

He detailed the strides the province has made in economic and infrastructural developments and their plans towards 2019.

Makhura mentioned that crime, unemployment, corruption, infrastructure backlog are among the biggest challenges facing the province.

Gugulethu Mhlungu, standing-in for Eusebius McKaiser, spoke to South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) analyst, Kerwin Lebone, about the premier's address.

Lebone says housing and other infrastructure backlog are as a result of a huge number of immigrants coming to Gauteng for better economic opportunities.

He says many people come to Gauteng with no place to stay, therefore stay in informal settlements.

Housing demand database has 1.8 million households and that excludes North West and Limpopo because they haven't provided their statistics. Put of those 1.8 million people on the list, about 1 million comes from Gauteng.

Kerwin Lebone, South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) analyst

Another factor, besides people coming from other provinces and Sadec region, it's difficult for Gauteng government to provide all these houses because they are already beneficiaries from other provinces.

Kerwin Lebone, South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) analyst

Lebone says as job creation remains a challenge, and household income is decreasing, it's also difficult for people to rent or buy houses of their own.

He says that government also needs to take into account that the needs of people staying in informal settlements are not the same.

Some of them stay there because they need a place closer to work. And when they build house, they get it outside, far away.

Kerwin Lebone, South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) analyst

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