Address by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on the occasion of the opening of the Gauteng Legislature, Johannesburg
“The Gauteng province is home to 12.3 million people, becoming the province with the largest population that accounts for 24% of the national population in South Africa.
Only 56% of people who were counted in Gauteng were born in the province which is an indication that the province is a destination with attractive opportunities.
Gauteng accounts for approximately 35% of the national economy, still higher than both the second and third placed contributors, KwaZulu-Natal (15.7%) and Western Cape (14.2%), combined.
In the midst of Gauteng’s 12 million people lives a young woman whose name is Thandiswa. She was born on 27 April 1994 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, on a day that millions voted for the first time in their lives. She is one of South Africa’s first “born frees”; a generation born in the era of democracy and freedom.
Thandiswa lives with her hardworking parents and younger school-going siblings in Soweto; one amongst the many sprawling townships in the City of Johannesburg.
Fortunately, Thandiswa’s generation does not live in shacks that have no basic services. The 2011 Census findings show that 80% of Gauteng’s residents now live in formal housing, compared to the 74% in 2001. About 98% of households in Gauteng have access to running water compared to SA national figure that stands at 91%.
Gauteng’s’ 96% of households now have a flush toilet that is connected to a water-borne sewerage system, a septic tank or an improved pit latrine. The number of Gauteng people that have access to electricity increased from 78% to 87% between 1996 and 2011.
According to the SA Institute of Race Relations 2012 report, Gauteng has the best score in drinking-water-quality-index of 98% and the highest number of government-subsidised houses built since 1994.”
25 Feb 2013
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