Mpumulanga premier David Mabuza. File photo: Dumisani Sibeko

Nelspruit - Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza's State of the Province address on Friday was his most ambitious, the DA said.

Democratic Alliance MPL Anthony Benadie said while it was glad Mabuza had adopted some of the party's policy proposals, it was concerned about his target of creating 390 000 jobs and growing the economy by five percent in the next five years.

“This is not attainable, given the pace at which Mpumalanga's government implements its strategies,” Benadie said in a statement.

“The premier has also not given any specifications as to how these jobs will be created.”

Benadie recommended that Mabuza and his administration show commitment to rooting out corruption to achieve the province's goals.

“In order for the premier's ambitious targets to even be remotely achievable, he needs to ensure that public officials are capacitated with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement and monitor his radical strategies,” he said.

In an address prepared for delivery, Mabuza said his government wanted to benefit the people and its main focus would be on job creation, improving the quality of education, and increasing life expectancy and the quality of life for the people of the province.

“We are your loyal servants who have your best interests at heart. We have demonstrated this role in the past and commit to do so going forward,” he said.