R401 million projects removed from dysfunctional Infrastructure department

Alan Fuchs MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC Infrastructure

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has decided to remove projects to the value of R401 million from its implementing agent, the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID).

This decision became necessary as a result of DID’s inability to build infrastructure on time and within budget, which had a knock-on effect on the service delivery levels of the GDE. These projects are for the building of new schools and classrooms.

As a result of DID’s failure to deliver, projects will now be dealt with by external third-party implementing agents.

GED is not the only department to suffer from the dysfunctionality in DID. A number of other client departments indicated that they too are unhappy with the work carried out on their behalf by DID.

Major complaints by client departments were listed as follows:

  • The delays in procurement processes;
  • Third party contractors not managed properly;
  • Delays caused by the poor quality of documents produced by DID;
  • Repeated requests for extensions on projects.

These client departments also proposed that their projects be removed from DID and be managed by themselves.

The DA will request MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza to provide a turnaround strategy for the department, to ensure that projects run timeously and remain within budget, or failing which, consider shutting down DID.