By James Masango MPL – Member of Finance Portfolio Committee
Finance MEC, Eric Kholwane tabled the Mpumalanga Adjustment Appropriation Bill for 2018 in the provincial Legislature yesterday but despite an extra R423 million being allocated to the provincial government, MEC Kholwane failed to direct the extra funds to where they are needed most.
The Office of Premier Refilwe Mtshweni will receive an extra R41 million which according to MEC Kholwane, will be to offset litigation costs and fund meetings.
The Provincial Legislature has been allocated an additional R23.2 million which MEC Kholwane claims will be for boosting public participation. However, when one considers that over the years, the Legislature’s public participation engagements have been nothing more than state-funded failing ANC roadshows, it becomes clear that this money will likely be used for failing ANC campaigns.
The Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation led by MEC Thandi Shongwe will receive an extra R13.3 million to assist with cultural infrastructure delivery. This, despite the fact that this Department has spent hundreds of millions on establishing a Cultural Hub and a High Altitude Training Centre which after many years are still nothing more than vacant land.
It is deeply concerning that this failing ANC-led government would choose to direct more money to departments that don’t need it while also taking money away from departments such as Health and Social Development. These are the departments that carry the thousands who cannot find employment due to Mpumalanga’s volatile economic climate.
The failing ANC has created a province characterised by corruption and maladministration and as unemployment levels rise, more and more people are becoming dependent on the state for assistance. If MEC Kholwane cared about the people of Mpumalanga, he would ensure that money was made available to alleviate unemployment and put systems for sustainable job creation in place.
It is becoming increasingly clear that only a DA-led government can bring change that builds Ones South Africa for All by putting the needs of the people first.
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