Apology to North West government

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North West premier Bushy Maape. Photo: Boitumelo Tshehle
North West premier Bushy Maape. Photo: Boitumelo Tshehle


In April, in an article headlined North West pays R17 billion back to Treasury (City Press, April 3 2022), we reported that the province was on the verge of giving back R17 billion to National Treasury because its departments had been unable to spend the money.

While the story did mention that the article was based on a report presented to the portfolio committee that oversees the premier’s office, as well as the departments of finance, cooperative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs, for the third quarter, and was not a report from the entire 2021/22 financial year, we acknowledge that the headline did not fully capture this and created the opposite impression. In fact, by the end of the financial year, the province had spent R47.2 billion, which translates to 96.48% of its allocation.

City Press apologises for any harm caused to the North West government by the headline.

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