Gauteng economic development MEC silent on job creation

By Janet Semple MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Economic Development:

Despite numerous requests by the Gauteng Legislature’s Economic Development Committee, MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile, has failed to provide the number of jobs created through initiatives administered by his department.

Over the four quarters of the 2014/15 financial year, the committee repeatedly asked the MEC to provide these figures.

Sadly, they were never produced.

As part of Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s vision of Transformation, Modernisation and Reindustrialisation (TMR) for the province – the Department of Economic Development has a critical role to play.

Without tangible figures to pair with budgetary expenditure, the success or failure of this department, and ultimately the TMR programme, will be impossible to assess – and in all likelihood come to naught.

This trend is set to continue, as the MEC failed to include any forecasts in this year’s (2015/16) Annual Performance Plan.

In a province with an unemployment rate sitting just over 46%, it is critical that the department ensures that it has a system in place to adequately adapt to the demands of the people.

I will continue to push for these indicators to be included in the department’s performance assessment plans towards realising freedom, fairness and opportunity for all.

To this end I will be submitting oral questions to the MEC demanding an explanation as to how the department aims to increase job creation without targets and outcomes measurement of programmes.

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