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Review of Premier Alan Winde’s performance off the mark, says spokesperson

Premier Alan Winde at his state of the province address last year. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency

Premier Alan Winde at his state of the province address last year. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency

Published Jan 6, 2022

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by Cayla Murray

The review of Premier Alan Winde’s performance by the Cape Argus (A look at how Premier Alan Winde and his cabinet members fared in 2021 – Part 1) is inaccurate and disappointing.

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The fact is that Premier Alan Winde heads the best-run provincial government in South Africa, with the lowest unemployment rate, the best public health system, an extensive provincial safety plan with over 1000 additional boots on the ground, a quality education system with improved retention rates and the highest bachelor pass rate, and when doing so, delivers corruption-free, clean government (the most clean by some margin).

He has led a government responsible for, by far, the best, corruption-free response to Covid-19, with the highest vaccination coverage in South Africa.

The journalist questions the premier’s intention to procure vaccines as a fault but omits mentioning that, at the time, the national government had failed to do so, leaving provincial governments, which have a shared competency for health under the Constitution, unable to deliver life-saving vaccines.

As set out in the Western Cape government’s Mid-Term Review, this government has gone above and beyond to deliver jobs, safety and well-being, despite the serious challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions imposed by the national government.

In doing so, the premier has led a government committed to being agile and innovative and has been at the forefront of transparent communication through his weekly digital press conferences.

Over the next two and a half years, the premier is committed to delivering recovery that creates the jobs our province needs to move forward.

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We need to fight the second pandemic of unemployment and crime by growing the economy and ensuring opportunities across our province.

We are committed to doing so.

* Cayla Murray, Spokesperson to Premier Alan Winde.

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** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Newspapers.

Cape Argus

Read more of our reviews here:

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  • A look at how Premier Alan Winde’s cabinet members fared in 2021 – Part 2
  • How the ANC fared as opposition in the Western Cape legislature during 2021 - Part 1
  • ANC and DA exchange brickbats in reviews of each other’s 2021 performance

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