"KUYASHESHWA" was the key word when Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane pledged quick and efficient service delivery to residents yesterday.
Delivering her maiden state of the province address at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto, Mokonyane described the next five years as a "period of accelerated change and heightened service delivery".
She said the public service must "do more with less"- committing her government to deal with the scourge of corruption and fraud swiftly and effectively.
Mokonyane hit hard at rogue service providers and warned them that the government was not a "milking cow".
"We have no permanent marriage with [rogue] service providers. The buck stops here and now."
She also criticised corrupt and lazy civil servants and asked the labour unions to work with government on inculcating "a productive work ethic".
Her government would improve the transport system and work with the taxi industry. "We will continue to work with this sector to ensure that commuters receive a decent service."
Mokonyane said: "To deal with crime effectively in the next five years we will determine policing priorities in consultation with our communities."
Mokonyane said in the next five years her government would develop a turnaround strategy to revitalise clinics and hospital "to reduce long queues" and improve the availability of essential drugs and medical equipment.
"It cannot be correct that we spend money on luxuries and the personal comfort of senior officials while we have a shortage of nurses, pharmacists and doctors."
On housing, Mokonyane said she would pay special attention to eradicating informal settlements.