By Kingsol Chabalala MPL DA Gauteng Spokesperson: Arts, Culture and Recreation:
The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Recreation and Culture (SRAC) has failed to meet its first quarterly target for the 2015/16 year of 5% preferential procurement from enterprises run by People with Disabilities (PwDs).
The department only conducted business with 1.62% of identified PwDs.
This huge shortfall in targeted objectives has denied a frequently marginalised sector of the population the opportunity to tap into the economy.
Economic inclusion is not restricted to able bodied members of society. PwDs have varied skill sets that should be recognised and utilised.
The extension of preferential procurement processes to vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, the youth and women are of no use if Gauteng Provincial Government departments do not implement them effectively.
If entrepreneurs are to be captains of industries, as suggested last week by Premier David Makhura, he must ensure that his MECs ensure their departments are fully compliant with their strategic objectives.
The DA will question the Premier as to what steps he intends to take against non-compliant departments.