Sports, Arts & Culture department under-delivered

Dr. Allen Grootboom, MPL

DA Northern Cape: Spokesperson for Sports, Arts & Culture

The Northern Cape Department of Sports, Arts & Culture annual report for the 2012/13 year, shows it under-spent R17 316 000 on its core functions.

That is R17.3-million the people of the province did not receive for needed cultural affairs, library, and sports & recreation programmes.

Ironically the only area the department managed full spending was on its administration, which of-course includes their salaries and perks.

Thus DA is not surprised MEC, Pauline Williams, was a no-show for her departments appearance in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature to present their audit outcomes.

The Auditor-General gave the MEC’s department a qualified audit opinion.

The reason was that the department could not provide sufficient appropriate evidence for library materials amounting to R14 210 000.

That’s a staggering R14.2-million of sorely needed library goods unaccounted for.

The DA had raised a number of concerns in the portfolio committee meeting with the department;

  • The majority of libraries still do not provide free broadband internet access. This is unacceptable in an information technology age.
  • The Kimberley Theater remains unfinished. The department indicated a R12-million payment for the facility will arrive at the end of November.
  • Questions were dodged related to when the debt of R499 000, some of it as old as 3 years, owed by staff to the Department, would be recovered.

The DA believes the MEC has a lot to answer for. Her dodging accountability is a slap in the faces of people she has under-delivered to.