Capetonians want the government to deliver on their promises, create more jobs, provide proper public transport, address social ills and corruption and improve the education system.
These were the concerns shared with Premier Helen Zille’s who went on a walkabout in town on Thursday asking ordinary people about the state of the nation.
President Jacob Zuma will officially open Parliament and deliver his State of the Nation address on February 9.
Zille started her walk-about in Trafalgar Place, where the Adderley Street flower sellers were given an opportunity to voice their concerns. Among their biggest was the government making promises, but not delivering.
“The president must do what he says he will,” said one vendor.
They also urged the government to not forget small businesses and give them a chance at getting big contracts.
Crossing Adderley Street, a man who works in the city said he was concerned about drug trafficking.
“Drugs are sold openly on the streets of Cape Town,” he said.
Zille then made her way into St George’s Mall, followed by a group of singing people in signature blue DA t-shirts.
Luleka Ngqandu said she wanted to see a bigger effort made in education and job creation, and in giving those who dropped out of school a second chance.
A woman from Khayelitsha said the youth were suffering because while there were programmes in place, they could not access any venues to host them.
Zille said it was important to hear the views of the people, as they were the ones the government was accountable to.
She said the strongest message to come out of the walk-about was that people wanted to know how the government planned to deal with corruption, unemployment and the provision of proper public transport.