Public works 'under administration'

2012-02-21 17:21

Johannesburg - The public works department is "technically under administration", Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi told Parliament on Tuesday.

"So, technically speaking we are already under administration because we are calling for help from different departments to work with us until we are able to walk on our own," he told the portfolio committee on public works, according to SABC radio news.

Nxesi was briefing Parliament on the remedial actions his department was taking after the department received a disclaimer from the auditor general for the 2010/11 financial year.

This was the worst possible audit opinion, and meant the AG could not get enough information to form an opinion on the state of the department’s finances.

On February 16, Nxesi said his department had put in place three short-term stabilisation measures to address immediate weaknesses, including addressing the audit problems.

This was according to a speech posted on that he delivered to a meeting with public entities and professional councils.

He said he would convene a technical task team consisting of various departments to help him fix the rot.

Nxesi took over from Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde in October last year, after she was fired.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Mahlangu-Nkabinde had flouted processes in the police lease headquarters saga.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-21 17:32

    yep BEE works well!

      Deon - 2012-02-21 17:33

      Yip, cadre deployment works even better

      Poloyatonki - 2012-02-21 17:41

      I rather call for help before its too late.

      bernpm - 2012-02-21 17:49

      If I had to confess my incompetence this way, I would resign...(before someone else would fire me). But then...his struggle credentials will help him struggle out of this mud pool.

      Vusi - 2012-02-21 17:56

      No come guys! Give the man credit where it is due. He took over from the crooked woman, remember? At least he has the balls to say he needs help. How many of the other, including the Premier of Gauteng isn't making excuses for the mess?

      Piet - 2012-02-21 18:01

      Vusi do you think we are going to see heads roll? No we are not!!! So the ANC is a useless spineless bunch of thieves!

      Vusi - 2012-02-21 18:06

      @Piet. I know that, but if we stand up like a unified force and fight this like a unified force we will change things. I had to learn a very valuable lesson today that insults gets one nowhere with this government and specially when it comes from the opposition voters. It immediately gets everybody's back up and we get nowhere. I'm changing my attitude today and will try and protest in a constructive manner. The insults didn't help, so lets try a new approach.

      Michael - 2012-02-21 20:09

      Are we not at that time yet, when all those who fought for the "struggle"("I/we did not join the struggle to be poor" - Gwede) have taken enough now and are "content"? Lets hope so...... cause if they are, we can start rebuilding this beautiful country of "ours" to where we know it could be.

      Glyn - 2012-02-21 21:58

      @Vusi - You are right. Only those who want to be insulted are insulted. And the anc make a business from being insulted.

  • braamc - 2012-02-21 17:33

    Filthy thieving ANC politicians, stole billions from the taxpayers and the people they suppose to serve. Indeed BEE works

      Ben - 2012-02-21 17:46

      Yes they think they steal from the previously advantaged, but 30 million poor people suffer as a result.

      Vusi - 2012-02-21 18:31

      braamc. I always wet myself when you comment. I can just picture you in front of your monitor bashing away at the keyboard! Ben S. It isn't 30 Million, it is 50 Million.

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-02-21 17:33

    This is embarrassing.

      Piet - 2012-02-21 17:59

      You voted for them....joke is on you!

      Poloyatonki - 2012-02-21 18:04

      Piet.. They gave me my freedom.

      Anthony - 2012-02-21 18:12


      Assis - 2012-02-21 18:15

      Poloyatonki...they did give you freedom once...but if they were good government there would be even more freedom for it in better healthcare, education, housing, and more prosperity. Why settle for less ?

      Glyn - 2012-02-21 22:04

      Poly, they (together with others, Progs/PAC/Sweden/USA/Mongolia etc) gave you freedom. You do not have to lick their boots till the day you die.

      bernpm - 2012-02-21 22:16

      @poloyatonkie: Freedom.......the sad thing is that you cannot eat freedom. That is why most people look for the slavery of a job.

      PB - 2012-02-22 08:52

      OK Donkey, DON'T acknowledge the rest of those who 'gave' you your freedom, but damn man, don't you see that the anc is STEALING YOUR FREEDOM by their incompetent, corrupt, clueless governing methods? Even little kittens eventually open their eyes - maybe you should try doing it too.

  • dave.leverton - 2012-02-21 17:36

    If after 18 years you are still unable to walk on your own, it's time to admit you're a cripple.

      Celtis - 2012-02-21 17:54

      They hit the ground running when they took over. Could not spend the loot fast enough so carried a lot of it home. Now the bucket is empty and they are so stuffed with KFC their legs cannot carry them anymore, hence trouble to walk.

      bradleybrits - 2012-02-21 20:45

      I love this.. think I'm gonna steal it ;)

  • acsteyn - 2012-02-21 17:37

    I am really worried about our Government's ability. Why do I get the feeling the whole place is busy imploding and soon people are going to get out of control.Its got little to do with black or white. It has everything to do with competence and accountability. What in our world is going on??

      Juan - 2012-02-21 17:45

      Everything's been africanised. We are now joining the rest of africa, that's what's happening.

  • Piet - 2012-02-21 17:43

    Walk on our own....what a stupid statement. Wonder if that private bank accounts also struggles to walk?

  • Celtis - 2012-02-21 17:50

    Is this the department that upgraded the presidents house?

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-21 17:54

    Progress at last, he didn't blame apartheid.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-02-21 17:56

    The ANC should be placed under administration same thing all the touch turns to you know what. Please show me ONE success dept!!!!!!!! No you cant' lekka old Africa moord en roof thats all they good at.

  • Jane Warrington - 2012-02-21 17:56

    This mess was caused by the previous minister. Give him a chance to sort it out. NO CADRE DEPLOYMENT. EMPLOY THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB NO MATTER WHAT COL HE/SHE IS. Or their political affiliation Finish and klaar.

  • Siphiwo - 2012-02-21 17:57

    Cry the beloved country.....Allan Paton.

  • sefeddt - 2012-02-21 18:00

    Eat huble pie and ask the DA to help. Of course the danger there is when they do they will prove that on local, provincial and national level they are able to perform better than the ANC.

  • erneyb - 2012-02-21 18:02

    Should this happen in the 1st World, the relevant minister would be fired on the spot for incompetence. But, I suppose S.A. is a "3rd World" country and therefore the minister and D.G. of Public Works won't be held accountable for running P.W. into bancruptcy.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-02-21 18:06

      Remember we are still in our learning stage...

      Bomb - 2012-02-21 18:14

      Poloy....while you are learning there should be development and improvement..........not backwards degredation. ANC in control now for going on 19 years, that is equal to 12 years of school plus 7 years tertiary learning, and its getting worse. Then again, the ANC fckd education up as well, so i suppose its just reflecting the government of the day.

      Glyn - 2012-02-21 22:10

      From now on spell anc in lower case only! It is not insulting to the anc it is just showing them in the correct perspective! They are after all still "learning" as Poly says. It is crazy that our illustrious president is still a "learner"! Ha! Ha! Good one Poly!

      PB - 2012-02-22 08:55

      Donkey, now you are just plain irritating. GROW UP

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-21 18:05

    Management: Planning, Organising, Leading and Control. I am sure all the managers in this department, all the way down to the Minister, received their monthly salaries. Huge ones too, and most likely bonuses as well. WHAT FOR? They clearly did not do do their jobs and should do the honourable thing : Pay back the salaries and resign with immediate effect.

  • elemental777 - 2012-02-21 18:08

    Thats it guys keep flushing the rats out into the open, nothing like a bit of sunlght to dissinfect the rot. they now know that they CANT keep feeding the voters bulldung anymore.

  • David - 2012-02-21 18:11

    This is the department which has to identify and run projects on behalf of the government. In other words, it is the department through which the government will be able to measure its success of creation of jobs. With it "technically" paralysed, how did the president hope to sustain the little jobs it has created (let alone creating new ones) since the last State of the Nation Address? You wonder where is Minister of Finance and his team when his colleague talks about seeking assistance of other departments to find short-term solution? There is no doubt that the state in which the department finds itself is due to maladministration and/or corruption. In that case what solution would be found when the very people who had caused its demise are still employed?

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-02-21 18:16

    This is beyond funny. At what stage will they stop with the "Struggle" they all refer too? If something was this difficult, I'll just give up!

      Glyn - 2012-02-21 22:13

      The anc "struggle" is to get out of bed in the morning! Too fat/lazy/hungover.

  • KoljaPue - 2012-02-21 18:28

    That's how we roll

  • Pawel - 2012-02-21 18:39

    Yup the pot ran dry , one can only steal so much... now taxes are going to be raised to make the pot bigger... I sense a flaw in this approach...

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 19:16

    I am the first to admit that this is embarrasing however my vote still goes for the ANC, the only liberation movement. Zuma is not capable of being a President, I wonder wha are they discussing at Cabinet meeting. Are the minister not providing reports on the state of their departments? I can assure you this was not the case during Mbeki's regime. The Former Minister was not fired because of incompetency but for the Polic HQ matter so if that issue was not uncovered it would have business as usual in the PW.

      Piet - 2012-02-21 19:54

      liberating you from what after 17 years? please explain that logic to me?

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 20:17

      I am sorry Piet you will never understand because you never suffered as I did. You don't have a clue the impact that the brutality of apartheid has caused to me, my family and many other families. This is one pain you can't just paper over the cracks. Worse when they are still in denial that just forget it belong to the past as if it never happened. A leopard will never change its stop, oppressors will remain oppressors even if they just change their name. If you still don't understand this logic you will never understand.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 20:21

      17 years is nothing compared to more than 80 years of oppression. I can never give the leopards another chance to oppress me and my future generation I will rather be oppressed by my liberators.

      elemental777 - 2012-02-21 20:59

      You miss the point Mzwandile, the Regime that oppressed the majority n this country( including English speaking people of the pale variety) for many years dont have the ability to do that again for many reasons. That said when elected to office these new Cadres of the liberation struggle have shown exactly why any system that assures re-election never mind previous results breeds contempt of the electorate(black and white). If you dont feel comfortable with the DA option(though no longer only white at all and far more rep of our rainbow) then pls use some other way of telling our ineffecient and incapable deployed officials how unhappy you are with their thieving of your childrens healthcare and education funds etc. Perhaps even run for office yourself but be careful despots will kill to stay in power( confirm this with people u might know in Mpululanga)

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-21 22:21

      Mzwandile : Why so racist? Can't you imagine that your oppressor can be anything but white? Have you seen no other examples in the world, and particularly in Africa? What are all these Zimbabweans, Somali's, Ugandans, Congolese, Ethiopians,Nigerians etc. doing in our country? Open your eyes. You fear the ghosts of the past, but walk straight into the claws of the current and future oppressor. All the ANC wanted, was to get their hands on the levers of the slot machines. Think they care about you?

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 23:24

      @masera, racists??? you unfortunately are missing the point. I talked about my oppressors and if you give it a colour then that is your problem. maybe its people like yourself that are denial of what happened in this country, and that are the leopards I am talking about. For record purposes since the late early eighties, at the height of PW's repression I had White friends that I could call comrades that I trusted more than Black people. I use to hide at their homes. They are like a family to me until today. More than half of my colleagues at work are Whites that without double I can call them friends. We visit each other and share drinks and braai not just once almost every fortnight. I wonder if you can say the same. @elemental, unfortunately South African politics of today are a good soapie to watch. My issue with the DA are the policies its persuing that I don't agree with. You can't paper over the cracks and said lets move on as if there were no people that suffered and don't have policies that are directed at reversing what happened. That will be a betrayal to my father and mother and my cousin brother who died to reverse the policies perpetuated bu apartheid govenment. Remember leaders come and go,I have a hope that this leadership will come and go and the ANC will find good leaders who will implement the ANC progressive policies. I hope one day we will find time and share a beer and talk about these issues

      marina.poniatowska - 2012-02-22 05:24

      So according to you no other party than the ANC can produce good leaders? A bit short sighted if you ask me.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-22 08:26

      Of course there are many good leaders across party lines in South Africa but they follow different policy positions. Zille without doubt is one of the good leaders I respect but the policies of the party she leads are not talking to my needs, my beliefs. I believe the policies of the DA are not transfomative, they entrench the stereotypes and prejudices of the past. Just note one thing.

  • Adrian - 2012-02-21 19:39

    This is proof that experience can't be bought but qualifications can be!!!!!!

  • piet.strydom - 2012-02-21 19:43

    @ Piet - The head of his predecessor has already rolled. Give the poor guy half a gap.

      Piet - 2012-02-21 19:54

      well it is not good enough, is he in jail? No he is not!

      piet.strydom - 2012-03-06 18:54

      So what good is it going to do to bitch at the new guy because you p** off with the predecessor? All it does is give you the chance to whinge again. Is that all you want to be known for?

  • Glyn - 2012-02-21 21:55

    And the anc jokers want to put all levels of government under one civil service authority! Ha! Ha! Then who do they get to bail them out? Chinese maybe? Or Mugabi? May the force BEE with you!

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