Infrastructure project extensions cost Gauteng millions

Adriana Randall MPL

DA Spokesperson on Procurement

During the 2013/14 financial year, 17 projects managed by the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) were extended – some up to 12 months, running over budget by more than R100 million.

This excludes the New Natalspruit Hospital which ended up costing an additional R528 million.

In a written reply from the MEC for Infrastructure Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, in the 2012/13 financial year, only three projects requested extensions amounting to just over R1.7 million.

This stands in sharp contrast to increased requests for extensions on infrastructure projects in 2013/14, and indicative of a department that cannot effectively deliver on its mandate.

DID should follow processes as laid out in the Public Financial Management Act (PFMA) and supply chain management policies as set out by the National Treasury in order to ensure transparent, efficient and timeous completion of projects.

When projects are delayed, service delivery is delayed – ultimately impacting negatively on residents of Gauteng.

The DA will write to the MEC and request that her department provide a comprehensive plan as to how excessive applications for extensions on projects will be curbed in this financial year.