Government Delays Render Farm Machinery Useless

24 January 2013        


Twenty -two (22) tractors in Msinga, KwaZulu Natal, delivered by the government to assist the community have been rendered useless due to bureaucratic delays with repairs and maintenance.


IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform, iNkosi R. Cebekhulu, MP, said, "A large number of these tractors are broken because of the current bureaucracy which takes an inordinately long time to have repairs and maintenance effected. These tractors are all parked at a satellite office of the Department of Agriculture in Msinga awaiting repair. They were allocated to different Amakhosi in Msinga who are now without farming machinery and whose lands are not cultivated."


The lack of Departmental response to this crisis has ensured that what was once useful equipment , will now go to waste. Last year in Cedara a similar situation occurred where tractors and implements were discovered parked and unused. This type of issue seems to be a general, national and re-occurring Departmental failure.


"This machinery was intended to assist and uplift rural farming communities but is now of no benefit. The irrigation scheme is also a problem, it was allocated R3 million and has not been improved," said Inkosi Cebekhulu.


The IFP therefore urgently calls upon the MEC for the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu Natal, Dr Meshack Radebe to urgently investigate this matter. In addition, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform as a catalyst to rural development should follow up on how provincial departments spend funds which are allocated to them for Comprehensive  Rural Development projects in local communities.



IFP Spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform
Hon Inkosi Russell Cebekhulu , MP, 082 975 5107

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer
Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675