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Crime and renewable energy key priorities in Alan Winde's Sopa 2020

20 February 2020 4:14 PM
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Crime
Alan Winde
Western Cape Premier
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SOPA 2020
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde delivered his State of the Province Address (SOPA) in Mitchells Plain on Thursday.

The event took place in Mitchell’s Plain for the first time, at the Rocklands Civic Centre.

As expected, Winde's safety plan for the province, public transport and renewable energy dominated his speech.

This what Winde had to say about crime and safety:

RELATED: Winde appoints 500 new cops to fight crime in Cape hotspots

  • He's moving ahead with the Western Cape Safety Plan and has deployed the first 500 of 3000 new law enforcement officers into our most crime-ridden communities.
  • He's also allocated every department of the Western Cape Government a safety priority.
  • He tasked the Social Development Department with designing a performance indicator which will measure how they address gender-based violence during his term.

This what Winde had to say about energy:

  • Winde says 23 municipalities in the Western Cape support small scale embedded energy and plans to increase small scale embedded generation like Solar PV across the province.
  • He says the provincial government continues to push for the importation of Liquefied Natural Gas and will fast-track effort through Saldanha Bay.

RELATED: Premier Winde welcomes decision to allow municipalities to buy independent power

  • He has committed to helping municipalities to procure energy from independent power producers (IPPs).
  • Winde also says his Cabinet will increase the greening of government buildings across the Western Cape.

RELATED: Hundreds of CT workers march to demand reliable public transport

This what Winde had to say about transport:

  • He says a full feasibility study is being conducted on moving rail transport away from national government control.
  • He mentions a "game-changing" minibus pilot project which will use technology to monitor and improve the behaviour of taxis drivers that is in the pipeline.

Winde also highlighted health, housing and education as other priority areas. Read the full SOPA speech here.

You can also listen to the EWN report on SOPA 2020:


20 February 2020 4:14 PM
Tags:
Crime
Alan Winde
Western Cape Premier
safety plan
SOPA 2020

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