Mike Moriarty MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Finance
Gauteng has failed to pay 73% of its suppliers within 30 days. This is according to the Gauteng Finance Department’s latest Annual Report and the accompanying Auditor-General’s report, which paints a grave picture of the state of provincial finance.
Other matters of extreme concern include no progress being made with respect to major public-private partnership projects. Incompetence and an inherent political dislike of public-private partnerships has led to the stalling of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital upgrade and 7 other multi-million rand projects.
The Gauteng Online project has also gone backwards. This project is meant to bring much-needed computer access to children of needy families. However, instead of rolling out further access to hundreds of schools, several computer labs have had to be closed down. About R3 billion has been spent on the project with very little evidence of much value.
In addition, failure to pay suppliers within the time limits required by law still remains a huge problem despite interventions like Operation Bhadala, restructuring, the effective closing down of the Gauteng Shared Services Centre (GSSC), and numerous announcements that the matter is being addressed. Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s government has clearly shown that it is incapable of doing basic things, such as the payment of an invoice on time as is required by law. This failure then causes financial strain on businesses and some have even closed leading to job losses.
A DA-led provincial government in Gauteng will ensure accountability and effectively deal with incompetent or wilfully dishonest staff. Addressing these basic issues will improve provincial governance overall and will also ensure effective service delivery and job creation.