The Premier spoke during the yearly State of the Province Address (SOPA) on February 18th. David Makhura’s speech was focused on “Re-Igniting the Spirit of Resilience and Excellence in Gauteng”.
Addressing the Province, Makhura emphasized the unique role of Italy in the development of Gauteng. He mentioned several cross-national cooperation projects with Italian institutions: “We […] have been introducing common standards and training for ECD practitioners through an international partnership with a revered Italian institute”, he said. The Reggio Emilia approach is a ground breaking project for early childhood development.
He then added: “In partnership with Reggio Emilia and Italian original equipment manufacturers (Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini), Chamdor [in the West Rand, a.p.] is being developed into a township automotive hub”.
In addition to the growing partnerships across borders, Premier Makhura emphasized the tireless efforts made by Italian-South African citizens towards social development and equal opportunities in Gauteng: “Let me take this opportunity to thank the […] Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese Alliance for organizing the annual Premier’s Social Cohesion Games as a powerful statement against racism and xenophobia”.
“More than 200 young athletes from different schools in Gauteng represented South Africa in the International Tri-Colour games in July 20178 in Italy, and they won gold and silver medals for our nation”.
Makhura’s State of the Province Address was the last of his mandate. During his speech, he emphasized the efforts made to fight corruption, remove e-tolls and to ensure that justice is done on those who are responsible for the Life Esidimeni scandal. However, opposition parties accused the outgoing Premier of making void promises and failing to deliver in Gauteng.