File: President Cyril Ramaphosa
JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says local government has made some gains in providing basic services to the poor.
Ramaphosa was addressing the SALGA Members National Assembly on Wednesday.
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"There are very few countries in the world, that in less than 25 years, could have provided over 4.7 million housing opportunities for the poor.
"Not many countries could have achieved such a wonderful feed, to give for free these houses to the poor of our country," he said.
"Few other countries in the world have managed such a dramatic expansion in the provision of services like electricity, water, and sanitation in such a relatively short space of time.
"It's important as we cast our eyes back into history, in terms of what apartheid did, and what apartheid architecture did.
"It's also important to look at the past 25 years to see what progress we've made, as we cast our eyes into the future to see precisely what we need to do.
"And in the instances where progress has been made, that progress has depended not only on active local government but on the ability of municipalities to work with other spheres of government, parastatals, and other state institutions"