MEC launches ‘crack team’ to overhaul infrastructure spending

2011-08-05 00:00

THE launch of the “provincial infrastructure crack team” — a group of 18 who are each expert in various infrastructural development technical disciplines — is expected to impact positively on the provincial government’s spending pattern for both its R12 billion infrastructure budget and R6,1 billion in conditional grants.

So said KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Ina Cronjé in Durban yesterday when she and Premier Zweli Mkhize launched the three-year programme. which they expect will guarantee value for money and on-budget spending for infrastructure allocations in the province.

For several years there has been an outcry over the provincial government’s expenditure pattern: constant over-expenditure on its operations budget and under-spending on the capital budget and on conditional grants.

The new team will work with the government for the next three years and is expected to iron out the government’s spending patterns on infrastructure.

“We want to spend all the money that is set aside for infrastructure in the province, wisely,” Cronjé said.

“We want to make sure that not even a single cent goes back to national government.

“This will happen if our planning capacity and monitoring processes are sound and existent.”

The head of the provincial Treasury, Smiso Magagula, said members of the team were picked from different built environment disciplines, including, engineers, project management companies, legal practitioners, architects, planners and a range of other skills disciplines.

Mkhize said this showed the provincial government’s commitment to support and nurture emerging contractors in particular.

The list of companies and names of contact people who will be part of the team were published in the Government Gazette on July 15.

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