Mandela Jnr queries govt's claims on jobs
NELSON Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, has questioned the government's service delivery and job creation claims
During a meeting of Parliament's cooperative governance and traditional affairs committee yesterday, George Seitisho, head of the Local Government Turnaround Strategy for the committee, told MPs that 93 percent of all households had water, 70 percent had sanitation, 82 percent have electricity and 69 percent have refuse removal.
Several MPs questioned this, saying that services were almost nonexistent in rural areas, and that some towns were left without water because of malfunctioning waterworks.
Seitisho told the MPs he was giving them a national picture and would have to send more detailed statistics to them later.
But Mandela, an ANC MP, said: "In the last presentation by the department they were saying to us that by 2014 we would have 100 percent delivery on these basic services.
"I'm just left wondering how do we begin measuring this if we cannot quantify per municipality or ward. How many houses have access to basic services so that we begin plotting a map forward?"
Seitisho also conceded that the likelihood was that malfunctioning waterworks were still counted as delivering water because there was an assumption that all waterworks were functional.
He also told MPs that more than 81,400 "work opportunities" had been created by his department in the community works programme between April and December last year.
But the amount of money allocated by the Treasury over the next three years was "unlikely to sustain the momentum of job creation in the future", Seitisho said.
Mandela asked: "If we are unlikely to sustain the momentum of job creation, how will jobs then be created to meet the target?"
ANC MP Joel Matshoba also questioned how municipalities could claim to be creating labour intensive jobs when they had "outsourced everything".
Seitisho said that every municipality had been allocated 1,000 job opportunities but that he would have to submit detailed statistics later.
Earlier on in the committee, members approved amendments to the Municipal Systems Amendment Bill, which says that anyone dismissed for corruption or fraud may not be re-employed by any other municipality for 10 years.