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Limpopo loses R235m it didn't spend

2013-03-27 11:30

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has received a R175m windfall from the government, money which was taken away from slow-spending Limpopo province.

A special sitting of the KZN Legislature was called on Tuesday to pass the Second Adjustments Appropriation Bill to receive the allocation.

Finance MEC Ina Cronjé told the house that the national education department had stopped the transfer of R235.5m to Limpopo following slow spending on infrastructure there.

Cronjé said part of the money was then allocated to KZN in terms of the Division of Revenue Act. The remaining R60m was given to the Free State.

She said the money was given to the two provinces because they had demonstrated capacity to spend their infrastructure budgets.

She added that while the allocation had been made late in the financial year, through no fault of KZN, it was a clear indication that the province had developed sufficient capacity to spend its infrastructure budgets.

However, she warned that the lesson learnt from Limpopo was that the government had not issued idle threats when it warned provincial departments against under-spending.

If money allocated to budgets was not spent, it meant service delivery was being affected.

 

Comments
  • rkashiri - 2013-03-27 11:47

    the Limpopo government was still trying to get quotes on luxuries to spend the money on. poor souls now they have lost out on a chance to make their pockets fat

      armand.horn.58 - 2013-03-27 13:03

      Strange how pro Zuma provinces are the beneficiaries here?

      Edwin Ian Jay - 2013-03-27 14:07

      Now the money is going to KZN so that Zuma can continue to upgrade Nkandla. From bad to worse.

      Duncan IMash - 2013-03-27 15:03

      Very stupid of this gorvenment...moving money from the province to the one using money is not a solution...bring back the money and put people who will be useful to the province...thanks ANC limpopo need another party

      makgale.makgalemele - 2013-03-27 17:26

      Ahahahahaha! Limpopo wasteful, Limpopo underspent! What the hell is going on in South Africa? Payback? Punishment? Democracy in motion? Freedom of choice and association within a political party? Raxwell we need to learn something out of this and try not tolet it happen in future.

      Kenny Grass - 2013-03-27 17:51

      Oow,I don't know whaaat happeend to the money,maybeee it wen't down the Limpoopoo by mistaake. Another day just like yesterday. Oow.

  • Ralph Higgo - 2013-03-27 11:47

    Just goes to show what happens if you don't build a Nkandla or a website.

      Grant Olivier - 2013-03-27 12:23

      At least Malema's tender cronies were trying to build roads and bridges.

  • Peter Neil - 2013-03-27 11:52

    There is actually nothing to say. The incompetence that exists at in these provinces. Their people are suffering with non existant service delivery, roads with potholes that can house a RDP house and eish, what can we do with the money!! If they cant tranfer it into their own accounts no one has any business smarts how to apply this funding. Again, the incompetence just never ceases to amaze me. Its laughable but hey, do we expect anything more......?

      Heini Botes - 2013-03-27 12:35

      @Peter..."do we expect anything more......? " Yes, you can expect these morons will again vote ANC come next election 2014!! It's so laughable it's not even funny anymore. I cannot for the life of me think that there is one ANC card carrying member with an IQ above 50...But then again, this all is done in spite. 'Cut off your nose to spite your face' comes to mind. Regards

  • Arthur Milondzo - 2013-03-27 11:56

    i wish in limpopo we stop voting for this people. slow spending does not mean we were not going to spend that money. i blame our government.

      Heini Botes - 2013-03-27 12:36

      Oh that money is being spend my friend, parties, cars, houses, corruption, chartered flights etc, don't you worry about that!!

  • Lawrence Mahlaba - 2013-03-27 11:59

    Kzn undermine limpopo thy mst bring it back with inerest thy tuk thre own money n built nkandla resort wid it.

      JamesMWood - 2013-03-27 12:07

      Sorry, what? Are you from limpopo or eastern cape?

      Heini Botes - 2013-03-27 12:37

      Ja nê, fu*k knows what he is trying to say here!

      procold2 - 2013-03-27 13:34

      what language is this oak thinking in

  • David Campbell - 2013-03-27 11:59

    Since Malema's political hosticide, there are no people who know how to chow money. Ntwana ele e ne e ja chelete straight.

  • Keith Recore - 2013-03-27 11:59

    of course once again the students/communities in Limpopo will suffer because of the incompetence of Limpopo province. Shame! so much for quality education with even less funding. Seems to be punishing wrong people.

  • Celeste de Lange - 2013-03-27 12:13

    There was money not stolen?? Fire them all!! Its a disgrace that they did not steal it all.

  • Jafta Rasekhula - 2013-03-27 12:14

    They have been punished because they did'nt support Zuma...dictator style of support me u will be rewarded.lol

  • Nikki La Maphanga - 2013-03-27 12:16

    This is absurd, the DBE in Limpopo must explain why the money was never utilised. we have schools with learners under trees; schools requested mobile classes, there are serious challenges in the province. To think that learners are still packed in classrooms like Sardines, unacceptable Limpopo DBE.

      Heini Botes - 2013-03-27 12:39

      The way I see the elections going every 4 years I would think the people are perfectly happy yes, so what's the problem?

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-03-27 12:21

    If someone in Limpopo is not doing their job properly why not remove them instead of letting education suffer further?

  • Barney Dino - 2013-03-27 12:34

    R60m to Free State....Ace Magashule must be jumping for joy at this "bonus" since it doesnt get spent on service delivery. Any Free Stater will tell you about the deterioration of EVERYTHING in the FState,..except offcourse Magashule and his cronies' bank accounts.

      Ernica Stanford - 2013-03-27 13:23

      They need another website????

  • Romeo Avest Muave - 2013-03-27 12:34

    6 departments under administration,R235m from limpopo shared between free staje n KZN, come on guys,wht has Limp province done,

  • Amos Magezi - 2013-03-27 12:37

    This is what we've voted for. Children are still walking about 40km to school everyday. Instead of assisting them you transfer our money to KZN.

      Heini Botes - 2013-03-27 12:45

      Eureka!! Is there light at the end of the tunnel my friend? Vote wisely next year! "Fool me once, shame of you...Fool me twice, shame on me" Regards

  • Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-27 12:53

    heading to Nkandla? well, well, well, well i now see the president is going to add school for his family on his Nkandlaville *interesting*

  • Adam Phiri - 2013-03-27 12:58

    The Government is doing everything they can to punnish Limpopo, this province produces more Science students than other provinces in South Africa. They need the money, its theirs, why take from them? This is not fair. Pls President Zuma, its enough. Pardon Limpopo.

  • Lilly Phogole - 2013-03-27 13:15

    By the time Zuma's term ends, KZN would be small heaven. Limpopo's biggest mistake was to be anti-Zuma hlogo-kgolo. Its a pity once you have different view frm Zuma's loyalist u automatically clasified as enemy and stripped off ur position. Zuma-partheid indeed.

  • Lungile Ndyibithi - 2013-03-27 13:53

    Confused, isnt Limpopo education dept under admin?

  • Tawizee - 2013-03-27 14:08

    They arrested all of Malema's company. Now the Limpopo government no longer have anyone to chow the money with.

  • Rameetse Benjamin Mokgoatjana - 2013-03-27 14:22

    For me, voting for such a moronic bunch of corrupt,clueless inefficient anc so-called leaders, will make me feel like a foolish,retarded moron,that's why i'll never vote for them, as for those who still vote for the anc must know they are practising their right to live in perpetual porvety and to be led by mentaly disabled mob of heartless thieves.

      Heini Botes - 2013-03-27 16:11

      I could not have said it better myself boet!!!!

      Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-03 15:14

      Rameetse for president.

  • ben.rossouw.5 - 2013-03-27 16:30

    Are we not perhaps killing the proverbial mosquito with a cannonball here? Withholding (or reallocating) these funds will, as stated, affect service delivery in Limpopo. The general public will feel the pinch, not the inept officials and this will surely show in the service delivery protests to come, and come they will! Is government now making its points despite how this affects the public?

  • Lee Duke - 2013-03-27 16:37

    Somebody was to slow,could not steel it in time,now it is to late shame,that is why the text books have not been delivered,I feel sorry for the school students without book

  • KingPun - 2013-03-27 16:38

    The cardres in Limpopo dont know how to steal cash fast enough.

  • pws69 - 2013-03-27 20:21

    Why did the Western Cape not get any of this money, if the criteria is capacity to spend the money. See below. The Western Cape in 2010/2011 financial year was the ONLY province to get 100% of their allocation, as they were spending it properly. I'll try to find DBE specific info, and post if I find it. Infrastructure Grant to Provinces – National Treasury allocations 2010/2011: Eastern Cape: Stopped R502.7 million of R2.011 billion allocation (25%) Free State: Stopped R391.2 million of R869.3 million allocation (45%) Gauteng: Stopped R285.7 million of R952.5 million allocation (30%) KwaZulu-Natal: Stopped R119.8 million of R2.396 billion allocation (5%) Limpopo: Stopped R261.5 million of R1.743 billion allocation (15%) Mpumalanga: Stopped R439.3 million of R976.3 million allocation (45%) Northern Cape: Stopped R275.4 million of R598.8 million allocation (46%) North West: Stopped R194.6 million of R937.1 million allocation (20%) Western Cape: No funds stopped out of R794.8 million allocation The DA-run Western Cape is the only province to receive its full allocation, as the Treasury has stopped allocations to every other province, penalising them for their failure to plan for and spend their infrastructure grants properly.

      pws69 - 2013-03-27 20:45

      Ok, found the Education Infrastructure Grant details. WC and KZN spent 100% of theirs in the 2011/2012 financial year. The R98 million Free State website doesn't have the 2011/2012 report, but in 2010/2011 they only managed to spend 66%. So, why did they get this allocation?

  • Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-03 15:12

    theres goes your liberation oney down the drain to your fellow comrades...its funny and so distgusting the meaning of ubuntu i guess is mass corruption.

  • Albie Mwansa - 2013-04-03 15:24

    Limpopo province is a shame. Why dont you spend the money you are given and ask for more. Low expenditure shows that service delivery is not being met thereby causing service delivery riots. Problem is these officials want to emlploy thier relatives to do the job. Once they cant get a relation they would rather send the money back.

  • Patric Badugela - 2013-07-25 20:47

    This not a solution, poor souls are being punished,the fat cats in the department are getting fatter,fire the dead wood in the department

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