Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza’s promise to deliver bulk water supply by 2014 has been torpedoed by the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA), as it cannot account for R20 million earmarked to steer the programme’s delivery in local municipalities.
Following the premier’s announcement in 2012 that MEGA would drive this infrastructure development programme on government’s behalf, R20 million was transferred to the entity to set the wheels in motion.
However, MEGA’s 2012/13 annual report shows that while the entity received these funds, it could not account for it, and that only R1,85 million was shown to be spent on special projects.
This comes as no surprise, and vindicates the DA’s position that following years of poor management and administration, MEGA would be unable to deliver on the premier’s promises, and that people will remain without water.
Furthermore, MEGA’s annual report paints a bleak picture of a government entity completely out of its depth and completely unable to deliver on its mandate of growing the province’s economy and creating jobs.
It was unable to deliver to on 68% of its planned targets (up from 58% for 2011/12), unable to give account of all its assets, and unable to follow proper procurement procedures, resulting in a qualified audit opinion from the Auditor-General, leaving much doubt over CEO Boyce Mkhize’s ability to bring water to millions of Mpumalanga residents.
So as Mpumalanga’s citizens continue to wait for water, only one question remains: Should MEGA be trusted with the mammoth task of delivering on the premier’s ambitious plans?