DA leader Mmusi Maimane. File picture: Phill Magakoe/ANA Pictures

Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane has criticised legislation which made it impossible to achieve inclusive growth.

The policies pertained to issues such as immigration and migration, labour, crime and policing, among others.

He made the remarks during a joint media briefing with the executive mayors of DA-led metros of Joburg, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town in Joburg on Tuesday.

The DA leaders were meeting to discuss the nation's economic crisis and tabled their strategies to turn around the tide and ignite economic growth and create much-needed jobs.

This would be achieved through the party's zero tolerance for corruption, he said, and creating fair access to opportunities, reducing bureaucratic red tape, investing in transport and ICT.

The DA also planned to rope in the private sector to achieve their objectives, and focusing on training and educational support through apprenticeships.

In Joburg, Maimane said mayor Herman Mashaba was already focusing on making it easier for people to invest in the metro, regarding as the country's economic engine, through establishing "one-stop shops, as well as the investment facilitation desk located in the mayor's office".

The Joburg metro planned to double the number of Small Medium Macro Enterprises (SMMEs) hubs from seven to 14, "bringing the total expenditure on SMME hubs to R16 million in the coming financial year".

In the capital city Tshwane the DA planned to create 23 000 Extended Public Works Programme work opportunities over the medium term to alleviate "the burden of poverty and ensure people can find work opportunities".

In Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape's largest metro, Maimane said 4 000 new job opportunities had been created. "It (the city) has committed to provide bursaries to 1800 students to the total value of R34 million".

The City of Cape Town's total infrastructure investment totalled R22 billion. A further R3 billion was spent on "repairs and maintenance to existing infrastructure".
Maimane said: "Amid a dire and crippling national economic environment, DA-led governments will do all in their power to create access to jobs, opportunity and wealth for all - not just the connected few."

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