THE IFP’S 15-POINT COMMITMENT

TO reBUILD KWAZULU-NATAL

AN IFP IN GOVERNMENT IN KWAZULU-NATAL WILL:

Put the economy back in the hands of locals:

By ensuring that the small enterprise market and the spaza shop industry are reserved for citizens, while revitalising the rural and township economies by supporting commercially viable cooperatives and small to medium enterprises (SMMEs).

Prioritise infrastructure rehabilitation and development:

The proper maintenance of roads will be made a priority. The IFP will invest in fixing potholes, while ensuring that gravel roads are tarred in rural areas, townships and previously disadvantaged communities.

Address the crisis of unemployment:

Promoting self-help and self-reliance by partnering with KZN businesses to offer unemployed citizens basic skills that will allow them to start businesses or to access job opportunities.

Revitalise Ithala Bank:

Ensuring that it becomes fully functional and a model of a State bank, so that it can deliver on its mandate to uplift poor KZN communities.

Ensure that the Office of the Premier has a fully-fledged Youth Directorate:

The Directorate will monitor the roll-out of the Unemployment Graduate Grant of R3000, while ensuring that all graduates are given a 12-month internship at municipalities and within KZN provincial departments.

Revitalise and reBuild eThekwini, Port Shepstone, Newcastle, Mnambithi, uMhlathuze, Msunduzi, and other key towns:

By cleaning up the inner cities, and surrounding areas, reclaiming hijacked buildings, while also prioritising the repair and upgrade of existing infrastructure. A special focus will be placed on roads and on ensuring that municipalities are able to deliver stable water supplies. The IFP will strictly prohibit sewer discharge into rivers, directing stormwater runoff and sewage into treatment plants instead.

Partner with KZN citizens to build safer communities:

The IFP will ensure that the Province plays an enhanced role in combating rampant crime through a provincial police force, while greater support will be given to funded community policing forums.

Invest in the education system:

By ensuring that KZN schools are well-resourced. Free scholar transport will be made available. Vacancies will be filled timeously, while ensuring better pay and better working conditions for all teachers, including Grade R teachers. As an incentive, teacher accommodation and a rural allowance will be provided.

Support and protect Traditional Leaders:

By prioritising their safety, ensuring that they have tools of trade and office space, renovating Traditional Courts and building houses for Traditional Leaders. The IFP will ensure that the voice of Traditional Leaders is heard in Government.

Continue to advocate for the protection and support of the Ingonyama Trust:

As a model of ensuring that everyone has access to land. The IFP will commission a full scale land audit to determine who owns what, and use the findings to focus on State land, in order to redistribute it to the people.

Invest in the agriculture sector:

By ensuring that small scale farmers are supported. Subsidies and access to markets will be facilitated.

Offer greater support for NGOs, NPOs, and churches:

There will be no budget cuts for organisations that look after the most vulnerable, in particular, women, children and people living with disabilities.

Expand provincial healthcare facilities for increased access to quality healthcare and medicine:

Especially in rural areas. To combat the rise in social ills, the IFP will partner with civil society to ensure
that more free drug rehabilitation centres and programs are available in the Province.

Address the service delivery backlogs at informal settlements:

Such as access to electricity, sanitation and other services. The IFP will allocate a greater portion of its human settlements’ budget to address these issues, with the ultimate goal of providing proper housing to those residing in informal settlements. More focus will also be placed on sustainable housing interventions in rural and urban areas.

Depoliticise and professionalise the civil service:

Civil servants with the necessary qualifications, competence and integrity will serve in an IFP Government. Civil servants in KwaZulu-Natal must possess the necessary passion and patriotism to reBuild the Province.

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