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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ANOTHER BIG WASTE OF TAXPAYER'S MONEY

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY

The 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.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary


Pretoria
18 October 2001

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