DA calls for retention of NCTA board

Boitumelo Babuseng, MPL

DA Provincial Spokesperson on Economic Affairs:

The Democratic Alliance notes the invitation for nominations of board members for the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, which was advertised today.

The term of this board comes to an end in March. There should be continuity in the composition of the new board. Most of the board members have been appointed in 2009 and should be eligible to serve a second term. It is only common sense to retain the services of someone who has worked hard and served well.

The NCTA has been the best performing entity in the province. It is woefully underfunded and budget restrictions is the main obstacle to growth in the tourism sector. With the funds available, the current board has been performing exceptionally well. It has built a solid foundation for the growth of the tourism sector. The province is not where it needs to be, but the board has made a good start.

We call for qualifying board members to be re-nominated and re-appointed. Very few public entities inspire the level of trust that the NCTA does.

We also warn that we will not tolerate any attempt to turn the NCTA into a network of patronage for the MEC of Finance. The NCTA is not the place for cronies and comrades, but for workers who are willing and able to contribute to the province.