Cronje blasts shoddy work
KWAZULU-NATAL finance MEC Ina Cronjé says her department is worried because the government is not getting value for money.
Cronjé criticised what she referred to as "shoddy work" by construction companies in the province. She said this was forcing the government to spend more money on the same projects.
Cronjé was speaking at the Sun Coast Casino in Durban yesterday during a breakfast meeting between the department and eThekwini businesspeople.
The aim of the meeting was for the business community to closely look at the R69billion provincial budget she presented last Thursday.
"One of the things that we as government must fight is shoddy workmanship and the get-rich-quick mentality of some businesspeople in the province.
"We all have to work together to ensure that our budget is spent wisely," she said.
Cronjé said the provincial government was worried they were not getting value for money.
"For instance, all the damage caused by storms in most of the schools in the province was because of shoddy work by contractors.
"The people who get tenders from the government are robbing the poor so that some individuals can become rich overnight. This is morally wrong."
She said the government was also concerned that agricultural production in the province was declining at a shocking rate.
The president of the Durban Chamber of Commerce Clive Manci said there was a need to "look at much more structured engagements whereby we can deliberate on matters that affects us".
Manci said completion of the Dube Trade Port and King Shaka International Airport, as well as a number of other projects, "will leave a vacuum in the development space".
"There are a number of projects that could be initiated to ensure there is continuity in the economic development of the province," he said.
Standard Bank provincial executive director Johan van Wyk said it will continue to seek ways of forging partnerships with the government in a bid to help grow the economy of the province.