R90m underspend in Gauteng social dept

2012-06-25 11:15

Johannesburg - The Gauteng social development department underspent its welfare budget by R90m during the past financial year, according to a report on Monday.

This, despite the fact that the welfare sector's shortage of money had been so critical that various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had to scale back on services and retrench personnel, Beeld reported.

A few NGOs had to close down completely, Dr Jackie Loffell, the co-ordinator of the Gauteng forum for welfare, social services and development, told a mass meeting on Friday.

"What people are really unhappy about, is that so much was underspent, while we could really have done something with that money," Loffell said.

The departments of health and social development were initially joined, with Ntombi Mekgwe as MEC, but Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane decided Mekgwe would, in future, focus only on health because of a large-scale crisis in the department.

The departments of social development and agriculture and rural development merged in April under MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza.

Social development department head Shoki Tshabalala said at Friday's meeting that the process of merging with the health department had resulted in a "a cash flow problem", and that this was the main reason the R90m had not been spent.

  • Mark - 2012-06-25 11:24

    Now if it was underspent into which cronies pocket did that money go?? Typical Incompetent ANC

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-25 11:44

      Another proud achievement form the most corrupted useless cANCer leadership. Viva corruption viva.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-25 11:46

      They were trying to find a way to steal that money and put it into their own back pockets! Thats why they underspent that money!!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-06-25 12:05

      Find a way to pay for the e-tolls then guys!!!!

  • Henk - 2012-06-25 11:34

    They did not find a way to steal the 90mil, that is why it is not used!

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-25 11:38

    Typical-if you can't steal it, don't use it!

  • Masila John Ratsiane - 2012-06-25 11:51

    Hai at the top there, its really dom-koppies

  • Gavin - 2012-06-25 11:58

    they're either stealing their asses off, or not spending the funds that have been allocated - typical f'ing ANC BS !

  • Juan - 2012-06-25 12:07

    another African National Crisis exclusive

  • Kala - 2012-06-25 12:44

    Yet another example of how the anc are looking after the poor working class.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-25 12:49

    Spare a thought for these guys. We cannot imagine how difficult it must be do corrupt and steal and bribe exactly the budgetted amount, especially now that there is d dim spotlight flashing randomnly around. The thieves need to plan their corruption more effectively and over-steal by about 5% so that the budget can be increased next year! I shake my head, how did we get to a situation where the incompetency has become so endemic that they fail to spend available resource on social development..... My suggestion is that any surplus remaining in any other of the provinces should be transferred to the Western Cape the following year.

  • rock.jason.52 - 2012-06-25 12:52

    That's one of the main issue have to be tackle, but the problem also lie with these NGO because most have lost credentials and trust we start wondering which one deserve a boost because I've see on my eyes many people running NGO are living the jet set live while they enjoying holidays in Monaco,bahamas and other exclusive resort while the government money is being milk to them to assist people. The main issues here is trust and money is not reaching the most needed, everyday you wake up you see a neighbor house is a shelter for AIDS orphans or drugs rehabilitation center is that the new of making money? Please don't take advantage and money have to reached those whose needed.....

      zain.halle - 2012-06-25 19:55

      Jason I hear you brother, understand that the government told the people in communities they must open NGO's but never gave them any training or did any monitoring or evaluation. Some of them are the cousins, brothers ect who are reaping the big rewards and not doing the services. Then you have organisations that are battling to get enough to roll out the services. Please dont paint everyone with the same brush and know that there are organisations out there that are really doing everything they can to assist even out of their staff's own pockets.

  • maronza.tshabalala - 2012-06-25 12:59

    Solution : Prostitute your votes to insignificant parties or minorities such as UDM, AZAPOs, PACs if you dont believe in the DA just to stalll the majority of the ruling party making a mess of the country.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-25 13:14

      maronza: good idea, but please don't make it sound like something not too clean ...prostitute, insignificant!!!! Take pride in moving your vote as a protest and statement that you are an individual who has decided for themselves that you are worth more than the dehumanising attitudes being handed out by the anc. Be proud that your country deserves better!

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-25 13:15

    Greedy b******ds when the money is located to them they are told that they will receive a certain percentage of what they manage to save by the end of the term

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-25 14:07

      That sounds almost to true to be good! Is it an urban legend or is this what happens?

  • zain.halle - 2012-06-25 19:52

    I work in an NGO in Gauteng and this last year was incredibly difficult, we could barely pay salaries and havent had increases in two years. We couldnt afford to do staff development because there was no money and had to scale down programmes for people desperate for assistance because we just couldnt put it in the budget. I hope they go to bed and sleep peacefully because we in the field are finding it increasingly hard to sleep at night worrying about their voters.

  • tasneem.sattar.5 - 2012-11-02 14:10

    and they want to blame us whites for their problems

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