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PUBLIC Works Minister Jeff Doidge has admitted that the government has failed to reach the national target of securing the 500000 jobs promised earlier this year.
He was speaking yesterday at the ANC regional council meeting in Mt Ayliff, Eastern Cape. The meeting was attended by ANC MP Ruth Bhengu and local leaders.
The purpose of the gathering was to prepare for provincial regional council elections held this week.
Doidge said one of the key reasons for not achieving the target was the failure of municipalities to participate in public works programmes launched by the national government.
"There are only 81 municipalities in the entire country that participated and we are still trying to find out why the others did not."
The other 202 municipalities did not give reasons and "we need to investigate" this, he said. The target for jobs in the Eastern Cape had been 28000 but only 11000 were achieved.
In the spotlight at the meeting was the controversial Matatiele border issue that is dividing its local residents. Some members of the ANC want the town to remain in the Eastern Cape while others want it incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal.
ANC secretary in the Alfred Nzo region Lulamile Mapholoba said the issue "must not be entertained" as the decision had already been taken for the town to remain in Eastern Cape.
"We urge the people to accept this. If they want to challenge it then it should be opened for debate and people should look at the incorporation of other nearby towns such as Port Shepstone, Harding and Kokstad which we believe are historically Eastern Cape towns."
The Alfred Nzo region is one of the poorest in the Eastern Cape. It recently made headlines when 10 senior officials were arrested for fraud.