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Zuma in Thembelihle, Eldorado to rally coloured and Indian vote

The African National Congress’s push to increase its voter support amongst the coloured and Indian community was in full force during President Jacob Zuma’s visit to the south of Johannesburg on Wednesday.

This comes as opposition Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighter have launched massive campaigns to take control of the city, which is Africa’s top financial hub.

A jubilant crowd from Thembelihle informal settlement greeted Zuma who was flanked by the Johanesburg Metro Executive Mayor Parks Tau and provincial Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile.

Zuma was in Thembelihle to unveil the city’s electrification project, which he lauded as efforts by the city of Johannesburg to roll-out electricity supply to all informal settlements by the year 2020.

He says he was also impressed by the city’s initiative to use alternative sources of energy to boost electricity supply.

Zuma says, “This is a formula that must be adopted by the country nationally because it helps us address energy challenges.  I’m happy that Mayor Tau has taken a decision that in the next five years all informal settlements will be electrified.”

Tau says whilst his administration deplores illegal electricity connections, they are committed to ensuring that informal settlements dwellers also benefit from provision of basic services.

He says, “We can’t continue saying that the poor are illegal in Johannesburg.  Today we are delivering electricity in informal settlements.”

Zuma also stopped at a senior citizens home in Eldorado Park, where the elders relayed their dire socio-economic conditions.

The ANC’s Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate, Mzwandile Masina who was also attending vowed to tackle unemployment should his party win the upcoming local government elections, saying the levels of unemployment are unacceptably high.

He also promised to electrify all informal settlements.

Masina was formally unveiled as the ANC’s mayoral candidate during the party’s election manifesto launch in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.

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