End of Limpopo intervention welcomed

2014-07-29 13:23
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Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions on Tuesday welcomed the return of five Limpopo departments placed under national government administration almost three years ago.

"Cosatu in Limpopo welcomes the end of section 100 (b) intervention in the province as this is long overdue," provincial secretary Gerald Twala said.

"It has taken the intervention/administration over two-and-a-half years to bring financial stability and sustainability in the five affected departments."

Cabinet placed the departments of education, health, public works, roads and transport, and treasury under administration in 2011 following financial mismanagement and maladministration.

Longer than necessary

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Monday that Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha and his executive would resume full responsibility of the administration.

"This means that the MECs of the affected provincial departments will assume full executive powers to run the departments and the accounting officer role will revert back to HODs of the respective departments."

Nene said the levels of cash and the budget had been stabilised.

Twala said Cosatu in Limpopo had been planning mass action to demand an end to the intervention, as it felt the provincial departments had been under administration for longer than necessary.

"However, we are delighted that the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene has confirmed that national government is convinced that Limpopo's government finances now compares favourably with other provinces in the country."

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