Gauteng infrastructure development off to a slow start

Alan Fuchs MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development

The Gauteng Provincial Government pays lip service to spending large sums of money on infrastructure development, but is unable to meet this important mandate.

In its 2014 first quarterly report, the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) states that it has only spent 10% of its allocated budget on behalf of client departments.

This, amounts to more than R424 million being underspent.

With an ailing economy and millions of South Africans living in poverty, government needs to implement large scale infrastructure projects to drive service delivery and stimulate economic growth.

Spending large amounts of public funds on infrastructure development provides a buffer against unacceptably low economic growth rates and continued socio-economic deprivation.

Gauteng’s poor performance will continue to sabotage the national effort to successfully implement large scale infrastructure projects – and its effects will be widely felt.

What is now obviously clear is that MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has inherited a dysfunctional department and has a huge task ahead of her to build and maintain Gauteng’s infrastructure.

The DA will write to the Committee Chairperson of Infrastructure Development and request that the Head of Department, Mr. Bethuel Netshiswinzhe, be summoned to account for the department’s failure to spend its budget.