By: Adriana Randall MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Finance:
The Gauteng government’s lack of urgency to complete the women’s monument at Lilian Ngoyi Square in Tshwane, shows its disregard for the important role women play in our society.
In a written response to a DA question, the Department of Infrastructure and Development revealed that the monument’s construction has been delayed yet again.
The first phase was to be completed by August 2013, but was extended to February 2014 with the second stage extended to June 2015.
Of further concern is that the project is facing massive budget overruns from R108 million to R286 million, despite the fact that only 36 temporary jobs were created for the first phase and 69 for the second.
It is important to pay homage to women and their role the role in the struggle for democracy, but the department’s casual approach to the monument’s completion and the unnecessary increased expenses is a clear indication of poor planning and slack project management.
Women continue to play a significant role in South Africa, and government needs to stop paying lip service to their contribution – both in the past and the future.
To this end the DA calls on Gauteng Infrastructure MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza to speed up the monument’s completion and send a strong message of government’s commitment to the upliftment of women.