What happened at Didima?

2014-06-28 00:00

THE high-level Didima Lodge lekgotla saw the province’s top brass descend on the mountain hamlet to devise strategies for the newly formed provincial government.

The office of the premier’s spokesperson Ndabe Sibiya said the two-day event held from May 28-29 was part of the induction process of the new political heads of the various provincial departments.

But the event was kept fairly low-key with opposition parties having no knowledge of its taking place.

And while not all the guests were privy to the high level discussions other guests at the venue included members of the legislature, businessmen and former MECs. Many of them attended the Worker’s Parliament held nearby on May 30.

In total 150 guests booked into Didiza.

“The newly appointed MEC’s were on day one taken through the process of the ministerial handbook, programmes for government and financial management. Day two at the lodge included discussions surrounding strategy, programmes of action and planning. They also discussed good governance and service delivery and how the newly amalgamated departments would operate,” said Sibiya.

Opposition benches said they had never received an invite to the event and had little detail on who was present.

KZN Legislature spokesperson Wanda Hlongwa confirmed that members of the legislature were present.

In an audio statement released shortly after the lekgotla Senzo Mchunu said, “We are looking at growing the sugar industry. We are also looking at the maritime industry. We have been working on strategies for the last seven months on this issue. Of course infrastructure was discussed and we are very sensitive to issues of empowerment of small businesses. Through small business being competitive they will open up new job opportunities”.

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