by Kingsol Chabalala MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation
The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation has underspent in the first quarter of the 2018/19 financial year and has failed to meet its own targets.
According to the Department’s first quarterly report for the 2018/19 financial year, it has underspent by 70 percent on Library and Archival Services and only spent 30 percent of the allocated budget.
In terms of the Sports and Recreation Programme it only spent 65 percent of the allocated budget, underspending by 35 percent.
This under expenditure has a negative impact of developing and nurturing children in sports at the grassroots level particularly in the townships were there are no proper sporting facilities.
It is unacceptable that this department continues to underspend on libraries which are much needed facilities for our youth and learners to do research and reading.
In most areas across the province, libraries are not well equipped with the necessary resources as the books are outdated and they are not connected to the broadband network.
They are using municipality WIFI which is not strong enough to accommodate the number of people visiting the libraries.
The department also failed to reach its preferential procurement target for this quarter, only 8.3 percent of the women-owned companies were hired instead of the planned target of 30 percent. Only 1.11 percent instead of the planned target of 5 percent was on companies owned by people with disabilities.
This indicates that this Department cares little about the empowerment of women and people with disabilities.
The ANC-led Gauteng government is failing to spend its allocated budget for the benefit of its residents. Gauteng residents are in dire need of Change and the DA is the only party that can bring that Change. Where we govern we use money wisely to benefit our people.