The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Adriana Randall MPL and Mike Moriarty MPL during a debate on the 2014/15 Annual Report for the Department of Finance.
Adriana Randall MPL
“Finance department drastically lacking critical skills”
- One of the areas of underperformance for the period under review was the funded vacant posts, with Administration underspending the appropriated budget by R32m or 14%.
- The transformation of the GDF into an ICT department for the Gauteng Province requires a continuous and an uncompromising acquisition of the required skills. Development and training of employees MUST BE considered one of the highest priorities within the department.
- The department needs to perform a resource Gap analysis, establish a prioritised list of initiatives, provide a risk assessment of all high-level initiatives, provide an actionable 3-year ICT plan.
The full speech can be obtained here.
Mike Moriarty MPL
“ICT must be capitalised on to enhance Gauteng’s financial standing”
- The problem of vacant posts in the department, particularly in ICT shared services, still persists, as it has for a while, and this problem appears to be continuing into the current financial year. Previously, we were told that the DPSA had to approve a new staff structure, but more than a year later, the problem persists.
- It concerns me greatly that R499 320 was spent on a single consultant for a single day’s work to provide consulting and advisory services on the E-government strategy. This must be the most expensive daily rate a consultant has charged in the history of the GPG – almost half a million rand.
- As we go forward, the investment into the Gauteng Broadband Network should yield more government to citizen services.
The full speech can be obtained here