DA opposes two budget votes

2011-07-01 11:11

The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng has opposed provincial budget votes for the departments of agriculture and rural development and sports, arts, culture and recreation, it said today.

“Neither department is well run,” DA member of provincial legislature Thomas Walters said.

“They fail to spend money effectively in line with defined objectives that will benefit all the people of Gauteng, particularly those most dependent on government services.”

The two budget votes were being debated in the Gauteng legislature.

The department of agriculture and rural development, which proposed a budget of R490 million, failed to enforce environmental law and had done little rural development, he said.

The overall budget did not match the department’s objectives and was not consistent with government’s objectives to advance rural development.

“The DA calls for an in-depth enquiry into illegal developments in environmentally sensitive areas and greatly expanded community centred conservation areas through the stewardship programme.”

Walters said the DA would not support the budget vote for sports, arts, culture and recreation, which proposed a budget of R376 million, because it spent too much on administration.

It also “severely” underfunded non-governmental organisations that could do more to develop sport and artistic talent.

Examples were libraries which were not getting funding and the Provincial Heritage Resource Agency which was grossly understaffed.

“The DA will ensure that literacy is promoted by functioning libraries including books in indigenous languages,” he said.

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