Karen de Kock, MPL
DA Northern Cape : Spokesperson on Social Development
The DA welcomes the unqualified audit outcomes received by the Northern Cape Social Development Department for the 2012/13 financial year.
The department’s clean audit is a sign of what can be achieved when government heeds the constructive criticism of MPL’s, and choose to work together.
MEC, Chukelwa Chotelo, her Head of Department and a host of officials appeared before a joint SCOPA and Portfolio Committee meeting in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature.
However the DA believes the department could be doing more, and must re-align their priorities and targets, such as;
? The province needs out-patient drug rehabilitation centres to address those already abusing substances.
? It isn’t enough to spend on awareness campaigns, spending must provide more safe-houses and social support to domestic abuse victims.
? Spending on Early Childhood Development Centres need to be better monitored against acceptable educational and development outcomes.
? The deprtment should be establishing Public-Private
Partnerships with the Economic Development Department and the private-sector, to address the unemployment crises in the province
The DA is already developing its draft green paper on its Social Protection Policy. The DA believes social grants are one effective way to help people escape poverty, and with targeted government assistance find gainful employment.