While presenting his 2014/15 budget on Tuesday, finance MEC Madala Masuku tabled the Mpumalanga Special Adjustment Appropriation Bill to transfer funds to Mabuza’s office to make up the shortfall.
.?R10?million was taken from the social welfare services budget which is used to provide food parcels for the poor, and funds for charities supporting rape victims and child-headed households;
.?R5?million was appropriated from the public works, roads and transport department which may now come under pressure after roads and bridges were damaged by floods in the eastern part of the province in the past two weeks;
.?R41?million was taken from the cooperative government department;
.?R5?million was taken from human settlements; and
.?R9?million was taken from finance.
Provincial director-general Nonhlanhla Mkhize hired Carol Bouwer Productions to organise all its Mandela memorial events after the elder statesman’s death on December 5.
The largest of these, held at Mbombela Stadium on December 10, involved setting up a stage and sound system, organising TV screens for a live crossing to the national service at Joburg’s FNB Stadium, and hiring SA Idols finalists Brenden Ledwaba and Musa Sukwene to perform.
Smaller events included a service in Middelburg which was held in the town hall, and others in marquees in Ermelo, Bushbuckridge, Malalane and Mkhuhlu.
Malema was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd when he arrived at Umjindi townships near the mining town of Barberton at 1.30pm on a scorching day.
Addressing the crowd amid a heavy police presence, while ANC members looked on from a distance, Malema tore into Mabuza.
“This province is very corrupt and DD [Mabuza] is a mafia. No tender is awarded if DD doesn’t want [it to be awarded]. ANC members who don’t belong to DD’s faction don’t get jobs,” Malema said.
“I used to go to DD’s farm [when he was an ANC member] here in Barberton just to eat and I got nothing. If you’re an independent thinker, he and those in his faction feel uncomfortable,” he added.
Malema then accused President Jacob Zuma of having promised 500 000 jobs in 2009, which he failed to deliver. Instead, Malema said, 1.4 million jobs were lost in the country.
“Zuma gets confused with numbers. He quotes figures that are economically unrealistic,” he said.
We all know a 15 year old boy shot by police at Pumalanga during service delivery protest. We all know about swimming pools in Pumalanga’s roads. We have rivers in our townships made burst sewage pipes.
Is time to try something new on our table. EFF came in to being due to ignorance of ZANC the big money spender and come to you saying Government has no enough budget, while billions of rands are spent on unjust events. Waiting for Kandla's report. EFF asijiki