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Health dept urged to pay bills on time

2012-08-11 08:00

Johannesburg - Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane has handed a memorandum to the Gauteng health department demanding that it pays its bills on time.

"Government should be doing everything in its power to grow the economy and make it easier for small businesses to succeed," he said in a statement on Friday, after handing over the document.

"Unfortunately the... [health] department is doing the exact opposite by not paying their bills."

Maimane was accompanied by a colleague and former small business owner Vorster Rasodi, who is owed money by the department.

"In short, the... department killed Mr Rasodi’s business by not paying its bills. Mr Rasodi has been struggling to receive payment... for 12 years now."

Rasodi, ex-owner of Dikolobedi Transport CC, provided transportation services to the department between 2000 and 2002 after a tender process.

"Unfortunately, Dikolobedi Transport has had to close down since then, primarily because the... department didn’t pay the money it owed," said Maimane.

"We are demanding that the department meet with Mr Rasodi within 10 days to resolve this matter once and for all."

Comment from the provincial health department could not be obtained immediately.

Comments
  • tw2066 - 2012-08-11 08:14

    12 years of no payment, from the ANC who have been misappro... oops I mean abusi.... oops, in power for 18 years. Now lets see who gets the blame .. Vervored maybe? Mr. Rasodi maybe? One thing I do know from the textbook saga - nobody will be disciplined for this at all, and no corrective actions will be taken to stop this sort of thing in reality. This destruction of peoples lives is just another day for the ANC....

  • foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-08-11 08:17

    It is not only in the health department, it is overall... A friend of mine is running a printing company and has done huge amounts of printing for the government. He is now in a process of retrenching some of his workers because he ran out of cash. When I asked about the printing done for the government he replied that he has not been paid by them for more than six(6) months, not a cent. Everyone is apparently just passing responsibility. I agree, we need to keep them accountable and if needed force them through the courts to pay...

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-12 10:17

      Print is an especially bad loop to be caught in right now, markups tend to be low, and you're having to pay for machinery, rent, labour, materials. I'm in print, it's very tough. If at all possible, there should be a deposit and balance before delivery - its the only way to stay afloat. huge thumbs down to government for its shabby treatment of suppliers. It amounts to nothing more than rogue trading - in other words theft.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-11 08:27

    Greedy fat cats just take and don't like paying, been many cases like this, ancyl still owe lots never mind the R15 mil owed to SARS by the fat pedi boy. Just an anc culture thing.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-08-11 08:32

    It is their culture not to pay?? LOL

  • gotterdammerung.sa - 2012-08-11 08:41

    Won't happen - the ANC is the anti-thesis of economic growth. Quite frankly we have no-one in politics that seem to understand what economic growth entails.

  • Erna - 2012-08-11 08:44

    They have been making statements that everything is paid up to date - what does this make the the anc? LIARS!

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-11 10:46

      You surprised?

  • dimitri.tsafendas - 2012-08-11 09:33

    Why didn't Mmusi Maimane advise Mr Rasodi to get a court interdict ala DA style if this story is true? 12 years is unbelievable, unless this Mr Rasodi is one of those tenderpreneurs who bill govt for doing nothing, now when govt ask for evidence of delivery there's none.

      pws69 - 2012-08-11 11:02

      A lawyer will demand a minimum of a R25,000-00 deposit. Ever think this guy did not have the money to take it to court?

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-11 09:38

    Eastern Cape as well please. DOH here also do not pay their bills

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-11 09:50

    Someone explain why there are so many black dudes in the DA? Where are the coloreds? Whiteys on their way out?

      pws69 - 2012-08-11 11:05

      The Da is the most muliracial party in South Africa EVER (independent university study). If you bothered to go to www.da.org.za and clicked on the"Our People" link you will find blacks, coloureds, indians, and whites in leadership positions. Sheesh. You would also find that there is an almost direct correlation of leadership demographic based on voter demographic support.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-11 10:27

    We as tax payers are expected to pay up on time..and are penalized if we don't. We have it rammed down our throats to get our tax returns in on time...but the very people who are urging us to do this....DON'T PAY THEIR WAY OVER DUE BILLS...SO WHY SHOULD WE WORRY TO PAY OUR TAXES.

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-11 10:48

      It's only because they know where to find you. You are a law abiding citizen, with an address, a credit history and hopefully a job - with some sort of tax history. At least 70% of citizens do not have this ...

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-11 10:45

    I'm sure Mr Rasodi is one of hundreds such people who have lost their businesses because of government. They need to be taken to task for each and every business failure they have caused and they must be compelled to make restitution. What is the point of compelling BEE compliance and then abusing the companies that then succeed in winning their business? There must have been many hundreds of workers and company owners affected by this - its a tragedy.

  • pws69 - 2012-08-11 11:01

    there was the case of a black business man who supplied the Polokwane municipality with furniture. They didn't pay him, but SARS took him to court for not paying the VAT on the sale, and shut his business down. In court the judge basically said to him that the government not paying him is not an excuse for not paying the government taxes. We have law in South Africa which only the rich can afford, not justice.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-11 11:17

      Typical...

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-08-11 12:53

    HELLO? GSSC has failed to pay accounts. We have "inside information" about what does not work at C-Max Hospital. No money in franking machine means no accounts being posted. No fax facilities because fax account has not been paid. No photocopies because there's no ink, some machines not working because they're "broken"; why are they "broken"? GSSC has failed to pay the suppliers. No lights in theatre, because globes are missing. Elevators don't work because OTIS has not been paid for last service. Etc etc etc., ad nauseam!

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-12 10:09

      You mean they actually had the lifts serviced? I am surprised. Why do the admin staff draw salaries if they are not doing their jobs? Do they know that merely showing up does not constitute doing ones job. You actually have to work as well.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-11 16:32

    In every department a PLOOKA. Nothing happens except for the collection of taxes. Surely, by paying your taxes you are promoting theft. If you don't pay, they can't steal therefore you are solving the theft problem in this country. Makes sense?

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-12 17:23

    Has zuma or his administration kept to any promises made ever? When was the first instruction and promise by zuma made to this effect to pay within 30 days? YEARS AGO Since then he lost 'John Galt' and the rest of SA entirely.....except the gaggle of hyena's that like to take everything for nothing of course.

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