Bad planning in KZN

2013-07-22 00:00

KZN departments that failed to timeously submit their implementation and management plans for infrastructure projects undertaken on behalf of the provincial Public Works Department were accused of sabotaging the government’s infrastructure programme.

This came after the legislature’s public works portfolio committee was briefed on infrastructure projects for the 2013/14 financial year.

A report tabled to the committee showed that the Public Works Department was still waiting for approval for implementation by some provincial departments.

There was, however, no list of projects that still required implementation plans.

The report said only Health and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs submitted plans before their projects were carried out.

Implementation plans from Education, Agriculture and Environmental Affairs and Transport departments have yet to be approved by the client departments.

No plan was received from the Social Development Department despite it being reminded and promising to comply.

The legislature was still developing its plan to reprioritise projects for Public Works to undertake at the institution, the report said.

The report also said there was no letter of approval for the funding of a project in the Department of Economic Development and another in the Arts and Culture Department.

General manager of operations Thulani Mdadane said each of the departments was supposed to submit implementation plans before the projects were implemented.

“Each department is aware of the procedure. It is in fact the procedure adopted by the current cabinet, so it is the policy of the government,” Mdadane said.

He said the failure by the departments to submit plans had far- reaching implications for infrastructure development programmes.

According to Mdadane, when no approved implementation plan was received within the deadline, his department could not implement any of the infrastructure projects.

“We should not be faced with a problem where government is unable to spend its infrastructure budget. Infrastructure has a serious impact on the economy of any province and municipality.

“It is an important driver of the economy,” he said.

“The communities suffer in the end,” he added.

This prompted the committee chairman to accuse the departments of sabotaging the government by failing to submit their plans.

“They are sabotaging the government of the day,” said public works committee chairperson Mbali Fraser with other members in agreement.

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