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DA seeks feedback on premier's vision

By Canaan Mdletshe | Feb 24, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Democratic Alliance has called on Premier Zweli Mkhize to give a report back on the progress of the vision he set out last year when he delivers his state of the province address today.

DA caucus leader in the legislature John Steenhuisen said Mkhize would also have to "urgently address education, corruption and tender abuse, overspending and wasteful expenditure, safety and security, sustainable job creation and infrastructure".

"While last year's matric pass rate improved, it was nowhere near where we should be as a province.

"Of particular concern were the low pass rates in key subjects such as accounting, mathematics and physical science.

"Last year's learners possess the correct level of literacy and numeracy to enter the economy," Steenhuisen said.

He said last year the province spent about41percent of the budget on education.

"This is clear evidence that expenditure does not achieve results unless it is coupled with specific target outcomes and specific designated lines of accountability," he said.

On corruption he said the province had a dismal compliance rate of 68percent in fighting corruption and tender abuse.

"The premier must lay out far more decisive and concrete steps on how corruption and tender manipulation is going to be dealt with," he said.

On the issue of overspending, the DA said while other departments and MECs were complying, it was unfortunate that some still continued to use 5-star hotels for functions, launches and izimbizo.

"Far more discipline is going to have to be exercised if we are to make a dent in the overspending and overdraft of our province," he said.

Steenhuisen said KwaZulu-Natal had been badly affected by job losses.

"The economic recession last year stripped our local economy of jobs. Some 49000 jobs were shed in the last quarter of 2009 alone.

"It has been estimated that about 8000 small companies and close corporations shut down in 2009.

"It is going to be very important for the premier to set out explicitly how the economy is to be grown to recover these jobs," he said.


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