Limpopo has done relatively well on the economic front and had been experiencing steady economic growth.
So said Premier Sello Moloto in his state-of-the-province address at the Lebowakgomo legislative chambers yesterday.
The outgoing premier used the opportunity to lambast fellow politicians, who he accused of abusing freedom and democracy with their belief in entitlement.
Moloto said some liberation movements that attained freedom much earlier than South Africa "had correctly identified the means and slogans to deal with this falsehood and illusion".
He said the assumption was that government had to provide free services while the "masses remained passive recipients".
"This mentality is a source of conflicts in government tenders and contracts," Moloto said.
He said the important consideration of capacity and skills sometimes took the back seat.
"The damage that this has caused to the moral fibre of our society and the efficiency and effectiveness of our government is of untold proportions," he said.
Moloto said the bulk of service delivery related to complaints on "poor workmanship in government projects, poor quality of materials used, harsh labour relations and even nonpayment of subcontractors and workers".
Throughout his address, Moloto looked sombre.
Judge President of the Transvaal division Bernard Ngoepe and chairman of the National Council of Provinces Mninwa Mahlangu, were among the dignitaries who attended the occasion .