- According to the Eastern Cape MEC for finance, economic development, environmental affairs and tourism, Oscar Mabuyane, the province is in a mini-crisis
- He blames the high number of people migrating to other provinces for a R13 billion loss the EC suffered
- However, Mabuyane remains hopeful that things can be turned around for the province
The Eastern Cape is expecting to lose about R5.9 billion of its equitable share of the national government's revenue.
At least, that's what Oscar Mabuyane, the EC MEC for finance, economic development, environmental affairs and tourism says.
CityPress reported Mabuyane was speaking at a gala dinner in Mthatha when he voiced his concerns over the province. According to him, the province is in trouble because people are leaving.
We are in a mini crisis as a province. We hold a record for almost all the wrong reasons in this country. Stats SA reports that between 2006 and 2018, more than 1.5 million people from our province migrated to the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and all other provinces.
Mabuyane stated that the province suffered a R13 billion loss thanks to people leaving.
As I was presenting the budget adjustment estimate a few weeks ago in the legislature, I also indicated that we are projecting to lose another R5.9 billion in this medium-term expenditure framework. I will talk about that in detail some time in February.
The MEC added that solutions for this migration must be found otherwise the province will lose money that could have been spent on development and opportunity creation.
There is only one way we can prevent our people from leaving and seeking jobs elsewhere. We must create jobs here.
Mabuyani mentioned the mining project that was planned in Xolobeni, which he says could create a lot of jobs.
It may be difficult, however, since the court ruled in November that the community have mining rights.
As reported on by Briefly.co.za, the province will have to get permission from the Xolobeni community before any mining can be done.
Mabuyane is hopeful and thinks it can be done.
There is only one way of consulting the Xolobeni people: via a referendum, going homestead to homestead and asking if they want mining or not.
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