Corruption threatens development in the North West – premier

2012-08-01 09:47

North West Premier Thandi Modise has conceded that corruption is the greatest threat to development in the province.

Modise was speaking at the provincial economic infrastructure colloquium held at Sun City resort yesterday.

“We are going through an unacceptable stage in South Africa where a few individuals are gluttonous while the masses are hungry,” Modise said.

“We cannot achieve any development in our province if the funds that are meant for development go straight to the pockets of people who are greedy.”

Modise said that her North West administration will continue to name, shame and blacklist those involved in corruption as it strives to restore the dignity of the province and its people’s confidence in government.

Among the top priorities on the province’s list of infrastructure development needs is better roads, Modise said.

The North West is predominantly rural with many villages and towns struggling with badly damaged roads or no roads at all.

The economic infrastructure colloquium brought together government, businesspeople and academics in an effort to come up with new ways to accelerate implementation of economic infrastructure development plans for the province.

The North West’s economy is mainly dependent on mining, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. The province is, however, continually faced with water shortages, a resource that is vital for its economic development needs.

Modise added: “We need to think out of the box to overcome our inabilities, our environment and anyone who stands in our way.”

She cited food security, better shelter and safety and security as areas that are critical towards creating a better life for South Africans.

Last year Modise established the Planning Commission to draft a Provincial Growth Plan that is aligned to the national New Growth Path.

The Commission is yet to finalise its job.

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