Pretoria - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane today launched the G2055 Vision discussion document, which highlights the long term development trajectory for the province.
Mokonyane called on all Gauteng residents to take part in shaping the province to be what they want it to be in 2055. In this light, she invited all interested parties to comment on and make suggestions with regard to the future planning for the province.
"The Freedom Charter states that the people shall govern. It is in this regard that we give our people the opportunity to advise us on the kind of province they want to live in," Mokonyane said, stressing that input from all quarters was extremely valuable and would be taken into consideration when decisions were made.
"Their input is extremely valuable as we build an equitable, prosperous and a united province by 2055."
The four pillars that underpin the G2055 Vision discussion document are sustainable development and infrastructure, equitable growth, social inclusivity and cohesion, and good governance.
The Gauteng Planning Commission (GPC) will be at the forefront driving the public participation programme and conducting various engagements with stakeholders across the province.
"We want everyone living in this province or [those] from Gauteng to be part of this process and make their voices heard. This includes big business, women and children, people living with disabilities, labour federations, political parties, the young and the old," the premier said.
Mokonyane said the long-term plan builds on the existing foundation of delivery in Gauteng, which has a range of achievements that the provincial government has attained thus far.
Mokonyane also explained that after receiving all the comments and suggestions, the provincial legislature would look at them and thereafter, they would also be presented before Cabinet.
"It is the ideas, the material of dreams, coupled with pragmatic action that can propel us into a future that we can be proud of. We confirm our commitment to long-term planning, recognising the need to think beyond the short-term to create the type of generational change evident in many of the successful regions of the world."
The launch was attended by the province's senior government officials and representatives from various organisations including labour.
The discussion document is available to the public at the Gauteng provincial government offices at No 30 CNR Simmonds and Fox street in Johannesburg or can be downloaded on the G2055 website, www.G2055vision.gov.za.
People can make their comments and inputs to the G2055 Vision discussion document on www.G2055vision.gov.za, and on Facebook page by calling 0816 G2055 or by following @G2055vision on twitter.