DA debates 2014/15 Treasury Annual Report

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Mike Moriarty MPL and Adriana Randall MPL during a debate on the 2014/15 Treasury Annual Report.

 

Speech by
Mike Moriarty MPL

“Gauteng treasury: A department of lost opportunities”

  • The people of Gauteng are denied the improvement of services but, even worse, the lack of progress regarding Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) denies our citizens of jobs and with it, the right to dignity.
  • Recently, we learnt that in less than 3% of cases involving forensic investigation are criminal charges actually laid against the people involved.
  • Our fellow Africans achieve far more than we do, in the same global economy, because of better government and policy certainty.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Adriana Randall MPL

“Treasury needs to be more transparent with public funds”

  • The department further needs to establish what the major causes of accruals are, and how this will be addressed successfully. Urgent attention to the non-achievement of the development of a cost containment strategy must also be given seeing that it was one of the objectives not achieved.
  • It is important to have a competent and capable workforce in the department and one thing that is worrying is that highly skilled production, levels 6-8, account for the highest band making use of sick leave at 33.73 %, with highly skilled supervision – levels 9-12, the most costly band when it comes to sick leave at R1 717 000 for the period under review.
  • During a DA debate in the Gauteng Legislature over cross-departmental sharing of information regarding the details of poor performing contractors, MEC Creecy argued this would not be necessary as the transparency stemming from the open tender system would thwart this problem. However, the open tender system has thus far been less than open.

The full speech can be obtained here.