Officials ‘drag feet’ on R300m town revitalising plan

2011-06-24 07:19

A R300 million plan to rehabilitate several small Eastern Cape towns has stalled, the Dispatch Online reported today.

Two years of almost zero progress on the Small Towns Revitalisation Programme has drawn the ire of MPLs, and they demanded answers from Public Works MEC Thandiswa Marawu.

After she was asked on the slow pace of delivery on Tuesday, Marawu said her departmental officials were dragging their feet in implementing the programme.

The multimillion-rand programme was launched amid much fanfare in 2009 with hopes of it economically revitalising 11 rural towns around the province.

Small towns identified for the much-needed facelift included Port St Johns, Alice, Mount Frere, Cofimvaba, Somerset East and Cala.

However, delivering the portfolio committee report on public works at the Legislature this week, committee chairperson Debra Komose revealed that the programme had not taken off and that there was “no integrated approach among various government departments on their contribution towards the programme”.

Komose said the committee would give Marawu’s department 30 days to come up with a detailed plan for the roll-out, including social facilitation so that the public stayed informed of what would be done in each town.

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