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Mashaba promises jobs and economic growth

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ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has outlined five priorities to win the upcoming general elections.

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba. Picture: Armand Hough, Independent Newspapers

THE LEADER of ActionSA, Herman Mashaba, has outlined five priorities of action to win the upcoming general elections in just under 60 days.

Mashaba was addressing party members during an election manifesto launch held at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg on Saturday.

He said the party would prioritise growing the economy, basic income, ending power cuts, strengthening law and order and tackling corruption and gender-based violence.

“Our plan will unlock millions of new jobs, safer communities, secured borders, access to quality education and healthcare for all and, for the first time, the inclusive empowerment of all previously disadvantaged South Africans, as well as those who have been hamstrung by three decades under an uncaring, unethical and unpatriotic government.”

Mashaba said only ethical leadership could help steer the country in the right socio-economic trajectory, adding that his party would be able to deliver on this promise.

“It is a vision of what is possible under an ethical and competent government and forms a programmatic and implementable plan to fixing South Africa by addressing the greatest challenges facing our people.

“Today marks a historic moment for ActionSA as we take another step closer to 29 May 2024, and the watershed election where our mission is to usher in a new era of hope, and prosperity for the people of South Africa,” he said.

Mashaba said that when ActionSA was established in 2020, it was done on the command of patriotic South Africans who wanted ethical and credible leadership.

“Today, three-and-a-half years after we launched under a global lockdown to an online-only audience, ActionSA is presenting our first national election manifesto to the people of South Africa.

“On 29 August 2020, millions of patriotic South Africans joined us in launching ActionSA, because they wanted a credible, non-racial alternative to the failed political establishment.”

Mashaba, who drew inspiration from his success as a businessman at the height of apartheid, said the manifesto was not another list of empty promises but rather a commitment to the people of South Africa.

“This manifesto is not a long list of populist promises and unrealistic commitments. It is a vision of what is possible under an ethical and competent government, and forms a pragmatic, and implementable plan to fixing South Africa, by addressing the greatest challenges facing our people …

“As a successful businessman, who built Black Like Me at the height of apartheid, I have never believed in making promises that I cannot keep, but in taking action to show people what is possible,” he said.

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