What happened to 2013’s promises?

2014-06-24 00:00

WITH two days to go before Premier Senzo Mchunu delivers his State of the Province Address, the focus will turn to unrealised projects and new developments that took place since he became the political head of the provincial administration.

One of the promises made by Mchu­nu’s predecessor Zweli Mkhize was the establishment of the commission of inquiry into the deaths of traffic recruits in Pietermaritzburg in 2012, which was established last year to do its work in six months.

The commission has been saddled with postponements and Mchu­nu is expected to give some report on the commission’s work so far and indicate when the commission might wrap up its work.

An announcement on the long-awaited business express train that will operate between Durban and the capital city is anticipated.

Also expected is an update on when the maritime academy in partnership with Transnet will open.

While a study has reportedly been finalised into the development of the academy, it would be of importance that Mchunu give a report on what the study found and when the real work towards the academy can be expected to start.

With economic growth a priority of the government, the premier should give an update about the establishment of district industrial hubs in all districts as a way of creating new nodes of economic growth and development.

This should also apply to the Small Business Development Agency, which was set to provide financial and non-financial support service to small businesses.

Linked to this should be a report on a directive given to district municipalities to set up district vegetable markets within six months into the beginning of the last financial year.

Mchunu will also be expected to report on the work done, if any, on the KZN human resource development council.

The premier should also apprise the province on promises made on finalisation of legislation that would enable government departments to procure certain specified goods and services only from SMMEs.

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