By Linda Taljaard, DA councillor, Ottosdal (Tswaing):
The Democratic Alliance is in possession of serious allegations against the Setsokotsane Programme, an initiative that is supposed to develop young entrepreneurs and small businesses.
The DA will be submitting written questions to the Premier for him to explain how this programme is being used and whether all beneficiaries of the program have seen the benefits promised actually delivered.
Allegations include that the program is a Public Relations stunt, where young people are brought into the program to create the impression of empowerment, but after the cameras and the news media attention is over, the benefits disappear.
One beneficiary has approached the DA and has provided proof of meeting with Premier Supra Mahumapelo and MEC Tebogo Modise, being paraded in front of cameras and with big promises being made – but the promises have not come true.
At an event in November 2014, the beneficiary was promised he would be provided sewing machines to assist him to expand his clothing business.
A Facebook entry on the premier’s official page also confirms the promise that was made nearly nine months ago.
To this day, the promised machines have not been delivered. The beneficiary has confirmed that they have tried over and over again to obtain the machines from the MEC’s office, and from the MEC’s officials.
It is a trend of ANC governments at all levels, and all spheres, to create impressive public relations events with big promises because their delivery of actual, tangible outcomes is so lacking.
This example of Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s broken promises has left a young entrepreneur without the means to build his business, grow a career and create jobs.
The DA will press the Premier for answers, and will uncover whatever maladministration or corruption is at play in this matter.