Job creation on agenda

2011-08-18 00:00

THERE is a need for co-operation in facilitating job creation between the KwaZulu-Natal government and all 61 municipalities in the province in order to use over R12 billion earmarked for infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal.

Premier Zweli Mkhize said this during his opening presentation at a three-day cabinet lekgotla in Durban yesterday.

The lekgotla, which started yesterday, is a mid-term gathering where the provincial cabinet, heads of departments and other senior provincial government officials and mayors from district municipalities review the government’s mid-term strategic framework and plan for the forthcoming financial year.

The provincial government recently launched a crack team to help with the planning of its infrastructure project development and to ensure that no money earmarked for the province is returned to the national fiscus.

Mkhize said that through the lekgotla the provincial government will be able to assess its performance in terms of priorities set at the beginning of this financial year, as well as look at employing strategies to improve in areas where it lacked in terms of targeted goals.

“We require councillors to work together in municipalities to properly plan for all infrastructural needs of their communities.

“In the implementation of these plans it is the local communities who will be employed.

“It is imperative for proper planning to be carried out because in the absence of these plans the money will be returned to the national fiscus, which would be a great loss and shame for the province as a whole.

“It reflects poorly on us as leaders when we fail to use funds allocated to us in the face of the dire need of services across our province.”

Mkhize presented the draft provincial growth and development strategy (PGDS), which is expected to be discussed and amended at the lekgotla before being adopted by the provincial government.

The PGDS was prepared by the provincial planning commission.

It intends to embed KwaZulu-Natal firmly within the national growth and development agenda and seeks to reflect on national mandates of the millennium, Mkhize said.

During the drafting of the PGDS it was agreed that in order to avoid a situation where there is growth without development, “this PGDS will focus on growing our economy for sustainable development and the improvement of the quality of life of all people living in the province”, he said.

The premier said the lekgotla will deal decisively with issues pertinent to job creation, which was identified as the provincial government’s main target this financial year.

It also looked to tackle various issues relating to service delivery.

A review on the progress of job creation will be assessed in both public and private sectors.

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