National Assembly: Cape Town, 1 September 2011
In the State of the Nation Address held in
February this year the Honourable, the President outlined
certain key growth factors which he advised would be both
vociferously and aggressively pursued by government in 2011.
2011 was heralded, to great applause I might add by the ANC, as
the year of job creation. Economic growth was fundamental to
this and a key factor thereof was that of infrastructure
Then in the local government election campaign
held in May, the Honourable, the President was once again
promising that no stone would be left unturned in respect of job
creation and service delivery to all areas and peoples of South
The harsh reality is that by March 31st of
this year figures released by Treasury indicated a spend of only
45% by SA Municipalities over the preceding nine month period.
Treasury itself conceded as much when it released a statement
saying "Capital spending remains slow and this is a concern for
government". The question is "What is government doing about
Another serious problem is that of laziness or
even complete negligence by municipal officials in the carrying
out of their mandate in respect of the payment of creditors.
Municipalities enter into contractual agreements with many small
business enterprises. These enterprises in turn employ a large
number of the workforce but they are being squeezed by our
municipalities and in some instances even going into liquidation
because of very late payment by Municipal managers.
The Recent suspension by the Department of
Public Works, effectively suspending all building works tenders
for next few months, has had an extremely negative impact
on our building industry which is already struggling in
this tough economic climate.
We as the Inkatha Freedom Party want to say to
government, "You are not helping, you are in fact hurting the
ordinary people of South Africa. It is time to stand up and be
held to account. It is time to deliver on your promises in
respect of service delivery and job creation." Empty rhetoric has
no place in this country, in fact it often leads to violent
uprisings and toy-toying by our communities in an effort to give
voice to their disappointment and frustration.
I thank you.
Contact: Prof CT Msimang MP, 082 452 2650