MPs’ land reform team visits uMsinga

2010-04-22 00:00

THE national parliamentary oversight committee for rural ­development and land reform visited uMsinga district in the midlands yesterday to assess whether the department has properly used government funds.

The committee was led by chairperson Stone Sizani and included Madiba’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, and Mvume Dandala, the leader of the Congress of the People in parliament.

They visited several rural development sites, which included an electrification project, farming projects and a housing project.

Said Sizani, “What we were looking for was value for money, and to ensure that the things the department says it is doing in parliament are things they are actually doing.

“We wanted to find out how many people are actually benefiting from all these projects and when we looked at the numbers, we found that quite a lot of people are benefiting. That was impressive.”

He said that although there are some minor problems affecting rural development, they can be easily solved.

“One of the problems, we realise, is that this was a fairly new department, and it still did not have all the necessary resources to function fully.”

Sizani said that judging from what it has seen, the committee firmly believes the department is on the right track to succeed in rural development, where most others have failed.

“There is a lot of co-ordination between the department and other departments, which shows they are aware that they cannot succeed alone.

“But more importantly, they understand that rural development encompasses … other factors such as education of the people. It is not only about agriculture,” he said.

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