By Mike Moriarty MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Finance:
Public confidence in government is based on the past performance of the administration, and how effectively people’s service delivery needs are met.
Gauteng’s people are desperately waiting for government to help create jobs and to attend their health and housing needs, roads and their maintenance, economic development and social development, crime and corruption
Sadly, Gauteng’s people will see provincial government departments spend over R90 billion on programmes that are yet to reflect Premier David Makhura’s vision of Transformation, Modernisation and Re-industrialisation (TMR).
Since the premier announced TMR, very little information has been forthcoming about its implementation, despite a host of DA questions requesting more detail.
- Very little knowledge exists of large-scale housing projects, their location and implementation timelines;
- No evidence exists of programmes to reinforce modernisation and re-industrialisation programmes; and
- Government hijacks private initiative and tries to take credit.
Of great concern is the premier’s promise of jobs and job creation, where are the jobs going to come from?
Currently, Gauteng’s unemployment rate stands at 28,4% – and the province urgently needs realistic programmes geared towards job creation and economic growth.
To date, bodies such as the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), Gauteng Funding Agency (GFA) and the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency have been unable to present programmes or job creation targets for the financial year, despite being the premier’s so-called engines for growth.
The fact is that Premier Makhura tells a story of a new Gauteng but the budget tells the same old story of past failures, and will only increase public unhappiness with this administration.
While the DA will support a programme of action that delivers on TMR, the lack of plans and processes of the 2015/16 departmental budgets will bring Gauteng no closer to the Premier’s vision.
In short, the budget doesn’t talk to the vision and the vision, and doesn’t tell us how many jobs will be created.
Gauteng’s people need a bold plan that is executed boldly to serve their needs, and the DA cannot in good conscience support provincial department budgets that don’t.