129 companies paid late by Gauteng infrastructure department

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Health Spokesman

129 companies that do work for the Gauteng Health Department were paid late this year by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID).

This was revealed yesterday by Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu in response to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.

88 of the companies were not paid within 30 days, as required by law, and 41 companies were owed money for more than 90 days.

This is a shocking pattern of late payments that has caused much of the delay in building and maintaining clinics and hospitals in Gauteng.

Much of the problem is caused by the delay in transferring money from the health department to the infrastructure department that pays the companies.

The money gets tied up in the bureaucracy, and the companies suffer without payment.

This payment inefficiency must be fixed urgently.