DA WELCOMES NEW KZN MEC’S OPEN ADMISSION OF PROBLEMS

TOM STOKES, MPP

DA KZN SPOKESPERSON ON SPORT AND RECREATION

THE Democratic Alliance welcomes the open admission by newly appointed KZN Sport and Recreation MEC, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, earlier this week, of the serious problems inherited within her department and the MEC’s indication that ongoing illegal activities are to be addressed, with the replacement of the current HOD part of this action.

Some of the problems which currently exist within the provincial department include;

* A very poor work ethic by department officials * Divisions within Senior Management * The long delay in replacing the HOD * An ineffective organogram to respond to new mandates * Breaking the law Trade Union recalcitrance has resulted in repeated delays in the reorganisation of this department’s organogram. However, the DA is encouraged by the appointment of a task team to deal with this process, which we now expect to see expedited.

Unfortunately there are still mountains to climb in order to realise national mandates to improve the health and well being of KwaZulu-Natal’s citizens, to develop a winning nation and to create an enabling environment to reach these goals. Of particular concern to the DA is the need to augment the school sport programmes in all of the 6 000 schools in our province. Most of these schools lack sport infrastructure, a sporting culture or organisational ability. Right now, all we have are words on a page, a very limited budget and a lack of clear vision or experience as to how this huge task is to be managed.

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