IFP worried about job creation

2012-06-25 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party is concerned about the failure of several provincial government departments to spend budget allocations for job creation.

KwaZulu-Natal shadow MEC for Finance Roman Liptak said with millions of people in KZN out of work and with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) being the provincial government’s flagship job creation policy, it is inexcusable that government departments receiving this funding do not spend it.

He said departments including Social Development, Human Settlements and Education have not spent their allocated EPWP funding.

Speaking during the Finance Committee close out hearings, he said his party was calling for a review of the performance of the EPWP programmes.

Details would include a focus on their performance, including the number, nature, average duration and geographical spread of all such employment opportunities created in the province as well as the challenges associated with the spending of these funds by the government departments that receive them.

He also expressed concern that some departments, such as Human Settlements, are not even spending the modest amounts that are allocated to them for disasters. The calls on National Treasury for a full reimbursement of disaster funding are disingenuous when the funds that have already been paid to the province go unspent and cannot be rolled over into the new financial year due to inadequate planning, said Liptak.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance has noted that the provincial government is at last recognising a concern it has long voiced that the Education Department needs more money.

The party lauded a resolution taken during the Finance Committee’s close out hearing on education that the Province’s Treasury and Education Departments would meet within 21 days to find a way to source additional funds for the department’s budget.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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