STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
United Democratic Movement (UDM) is concerned about recent media reports that
read like a litany of wastefulness; all at the expense of the South African
taxpayer. Within the past two days, it has come to light that two provincial
governments had to get new contractors to tackle projects that should have been
completed by a previous contractor that failed to deliver.
Apparently the Northern Province Health Department has paid an international
computer company R116-million to install an information system it cannot use.
Now the Department has awarded a tender to another company to undo the previous'
work, to the value of R94-million.
It seems that in the Ulundi Legislature, KwaZulu Natal, another R15-million will
be spent to upgrade the Legislature's air-conditioners following the initial
contractor's failure to complete the project.
How can South Africa afford slack financial management, including the loss of
millions of rands at the expense of the taxpayer? Not to mention the time lost
during the first attempts at these projects and the added time and manpower it
will now cost to successfully complete them.
Both these examples are of seeming poor administration and shoddy project
management. How can a people trust their government to look after their needs
and rights, when incidents like these prove that they are untrustworthy and do
not act in the interest of its people?
The UDM would suggest a review of tendering procedures since it seems from the
above as if the current system does not function properly. The UDM also calls on
all the provincial governments and their departments to carefully monitor all
their projects with discretion; it is their responsibility to practice
responsible and good financial management and not to waste taxpayers' money in
such a fashion that does not benefit the intended recipients.
UDM National Secretary
18 October 2001