KwaZulu-Natal ANC commits to trimming govt fat

2015-09-08 17:29
Sihle Zikalala (Picture: Beeld)

Sihle Zikalala (Picture: Beeld)

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Durban – The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has committed to trimming the fat by curbing government’s unnecessary spending at public events.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said on Tuesday that luxuries such as VIP services, including catering for government during public events, should be done away with.

Presenting the outcomes of the provincial lekgotla at the ANC headquarters in Durban, Zikalala said: "These cost-cutting measures will focus on reducing government expenditure on non-essential items. These overseas trips which see a lot of delegates going to one country for one event should stop.

"The cost-cutting measures should not only be applied now, but should also be practised daily and become a norm in government."

Zikalala said the government should consider reducing its spending at management level and invest more in lower levels, which is where people interacted directly with government on a daily basis.

'Stop renting offices'

"Investing on provincial offices does not help us, the investment in terms of resources must go to police stations, schools and clinics, rather than management offices," said Zikalala.

"Government, through the public works department, should stop renting offices and start building government precincts to house departments in our regions and local government. 

"Government should form a construction company... rather than always outsourcing... to service providers. Municipalities should stop outsourcing services that government can provide. We need to build the technical capacity so that we can deliver."

Deputy provincial secretary Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the government has had a positive bank balance for the past seven years.

"It shows that the cost-cutting measures are working… the same should be done for municipalities because municipalities have not adopted the cost-cutting measures unless they have been forced to.

"The monitoring and evaluation committee of the ANC has been tasked to ensure that cost-cutting measures are adhered to. Instead of having a delegation of five to seven people going to a country, you should have... two or three."

Warns against outsourcing

Dube-Ncube said the lekgotla warned against the government’s habit of outsourcing.

"The provincial government now owns its own conference centre in Durban, where most conferences and meetings are held.

"We need to have our own buildings so that we don’t rent. We also need to invest money in our own marquees, sound systems and have our own construction company so that many things are done internally rather than outsourcing or through consultants."

She said the recent salary negotiations were a contributing factor that forced the province to cut down.  

Dube-Ncube said government had been able to save R1bn from austerity measures.

"We have had a bit of a cushion to assist in instances that were [not] budgeted for. We have used the money that we saved for service delivery," said Dube-Ncube.

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