Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros
November 2, 2017 Comments Off on Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros
Publication: Engineering News
“If a city does not want to participate, it does so at its own peril.”
“They need to work with provincial government. ANC, DA – we have no choice but to collaborate.
“These little turf wars I see, I appeal to you, I may not be in office in 2019, but if we don’t work together you will fail and province will fail.”
A very candid Vadi said the provincial government was overwhelmed, with cities “even more overwhelmed”.
He said Gauteng faced a number of challenges that required the province and its three large metros to work together.
These challenges included large-scale in-migration from other provinces; low economic growth; high levels of unemployment; the must-do densification of the province; the establishment of a transport authority and improved intergovernmental working relations.
“We are still planning for yesterday with our BRT systems.”
“You can build the best BRT, but it means nothing if you don’t talk to each other.”
Vadi said Gauteng would have another one-million residents within the next five years.
He questioned where these people would stay and how they would commute to work.
“It’s a plea from my heart. If we don’t work together, we’ll never solve the challenges that face us.”