KZN Budget: MEC must present plan to create jobs

Johann Krog, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Finance

Tomorrow the Democratic Alliance expects KZN Finance MEC Ina Cronje to present a turn-around plan aimed at creating more jobs in KZN.

To do so, she and other members of the KZN ANC-led executive will have to commit to the vigorous implementation of the Provincial Growth Development Plan.

Figures recently released by Stats SA show that economic growth in South Africa slowed to 1.9% in 2013 after an already poor growth performance of 2.5% in 2012. Here in KZN, the growth rate hardly budged between 2012 and 2013.

In 2012 KZN’s unemployment rate was 20.45%.  By 2013 it had climbed to 20.80%.  This is unacceptable. We need to create more jobs for the people of KZN.

The figures highlight how the ANC under President Zuma has taken South Africa backwards.

Claims by the ANC, that poor growth is the result of a worldwide financial meltdown, do not wash.  Many other developing countries are growing very quickly.

The DA acknowledges that KZN has its fair share of problems, but much more can be done. Our province is still battling with a fiscal formula weighted against it which perpetuates backlogs.

The MEC must;

  •  Fight for more money for Human Settlements – why does Gauteng still get R2.5 billion more than our province despite our topographical challenges?
  •  Get national government to contribute financially towards KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife, as it does with SanParks, while KZN retains control of the entity.
  •  Boost tourism subsidies in KZN
  •  Create performance management systems within Education and reduce “top heavy” regional and district offices
  •  Introduce measures to control sick leave within Education.  Twenty percent of 110 000 teachers are sick every day KZN against 6 % in the Western Cape.

South Africa remains a country characterised by inequality, largely due to the high unemployment rate.

In the past five years under ANC President, Jacob Zuma, inequality levels have worsened rather than improved.

The Gini co-efficient – an international barometer measuring inequality levels – has seen South Africa’s inequality levels worsen by 5.4 points –  from 57.77 in 2000 to 63.14 in 2009.

Tomorrow, MEC Cronje must announce a growth plan that will buck this trend and set our economy on the path to 8% economic growth and help create 6 million real jobs in the next ten years.