DA welcomes ‘paperless’ KZN Legislature announcement

Ann McDonnell, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Conservation and Environmental Affairs

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the news that the provincial legislature will be going paperless in the near future.

The announcement was made earlier this week by KZN Speaker, Lydia Johnson during her Legislature budget debate. According to the Speaker all documents will soon be electronically disseminated.

Environmentally this is both good practice and practical and the DA fully supports such an initiative.

KZN MPL’s are generously supplied with tools of trade – lap tops, tablets, smart phones and printers – all at taxpayers’ expense. In spite of this, at the recent budget hearings, the amount of fancy glossy-printed close out Reports, Budget, Strategic Plans and Performance Plans handed out was staggering.  One cannot carry, never mind read them all.

With more than 80 MPL’s in KwaZulu-Natal, the cost to print these glossy bound documents must have been enormous.

The sooner we as a Legislature move towards a paperless entity, the better.