Gauteng govt. fails to empower young people and women

By Ashor Sarupen MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson Social Development:

According to the Department of Social Development’s second quarter report for the 2014/15 financial year, the department failed to deliver on two key deliverables – the most vulnerable youth and women in the province.

This report was presented before the Portfolio Committee on Social Development in the Legislature, yesterday.

Income generating programmes to empower young people and women through work placement and skills improvement programmes have failed significantly.

The women empowerment programme targeted 8109 beneficiaries, however thus far only 31% (2528) of women were assisted with this programme, this despite the budget being spent.

The department fared dismally in its Welfare to Work Programme, which aims at assisting young people. The targeted participants stood at 3600 yet a measly 1405 (39%) of young people participated.

The reasons in both cases for not meeting targets, were due to “conceptualising” issues. Officials in the department have put the cart before the horse in running and budgeting for programmes that it has no idea if it will work.

It baffles me how the department, thus far have spent R1.9 billion, this despite not meeting key targets.

I urge the new MEC for Social Development, Molebatsi Bopape, to urgently intervene and get these derailed programmes on track.

It is unfair that young people and women in the province are cheated out of opportunities to uplift themselves within their respective communities.

The MEC must crack the whip and ensure targets are met before the end of the financial year.