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Limpopo bail-out backfires

By Denise Williams | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 7 ]

PLANS by the national government to bail out five financially strapped and mismanaged provincial departments in Limpopo have backfired and led to chaos and poor service delivery.

In a draft report, expected to be tabled today, the select committee on finance said the intervention, which was "supposed" to help the financially bereft province, has had a negative impact on service delivery, because of poor or non-existent communication between the administrators, the Premier's Office, the national ministers and department heads.

The committee made a second oversight visit in September to review the province's progress after the departments of health, education, public works, transport and roads as well as the treasury were placed under administration in December.

According to the committee, while Limpopo had improved its bank balance, its draft report noted that there had been unclear guidelines, which cost National Treasury R17-million.

Treasury spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane declined to comment on the report, saying it is still to be finalised, but pointed out that the situation had improved.

He said before the intervention, the province owed suppliers more than R1.2-billion, which had dwindles to R250-million.

He said as of November 1, Limpopo had a cash reserve of R2.3-billion as compared to R700-million.

COMMENTS [ 7 ]

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Nov 19, 2012 6:45 | 0 replies

Did anyone really expect one lot of ANCpf deployed cadres to be able to clean the poop off the stoep on another lot of deployed cadres? They are all same same useless.

Nov 19, 2012 7:41 | 0 replies

OK so now we know the ANC cannot even clean up its own mess - attempts to improve the mess has made it worse ! The people of this country deserve a better government.

Nov 19, 2012 7:56 | 0 replies

This was not going to work out well, because Cassel Mathale and his boys didnt want to cooperate, and help the administrators......

Nov 19, 2012 8:27 | 0 replies

They should tell Zuma to take out instruct money makers to make money (200mil) for Limpopo. I mean this is what showerhead does whenever he needs money...

"Hi, print me 300million rands for security in my home and do it within three months" Jay Z said

Nov 19, 2012 8:43 | 0 replies

Suka....... Limpopo this Limpopo that!!!!!

Nov 19, 2012 1:26 | 0 replies

This is boring always Limpopo...

1. Limpopo hospital without water.

2. Limpopo schools without books

3. Limpopo SMS lighting ' kills u"

4. Limpopo bail-out baokfires

Nov 19, 2012 1:32 | 0 replies