Western Cape DA denies claims of racism
THE Western Cape DA government has denied claims by black business in the province that it is racist and does not recognise the work of black businesspeople.
At a South African Construction Awards event in Cape Town last month, about eight people - all from other provinces - won awards in recognition of their work in the construction industry.
Last week Sowetan reported that businesswoman Yvonne Lungcuzo, owner of Ibongo Car Hire, had also labelled the provincial government as racist, saying it had not supported businesses owned by black women in the province.
But Western Cape finance MEC Ala Winde told Sowetan that his government had awarded more tenders to black-owned businesses than the ANC did when it was in power.
Winde said between January and March 2009, shortly before losing power in the province, the ANC-run provincial government awarded bids to the value of R886 million - only 40 percent (or R358 million) went to historically disadvantaged individuals.
"Between January and March 2011, we awarded bids to the value of R776 million - 89 percent (R694 million) to historically disadvantaged companies," Winde said.
He said of this amount, R172 million went specifically to black women-owned enterprises.