The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is shocked to learn that over R19.178 million has been spent so far on the installation of a water line to the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve.
This project was first started in 2007 at a budgeted cost of R18.73 million and the installation was meant to be completed in 2009.
Due to poor designs, mismanagement and abdication of responsibility the project is still incomplete.
The Department of Infrastructure Development now estimates that it will cost an additional R35.229 million to rectify the design flaws and to complete the project.
The new date for completion is now April 2022.
As a result of the lack of water, the risk of fire forced the reserve to be closed for a period of time and for external fire services to be called upon to assist. In addition, water tankers were used to transport water to the reserve.
The forced closure and a drop in the number of visitors to the reserve resulted in diminished revenue for government. In addition, a hotel that was doing business in the reserve had to shut shop and leave.
The economy of Gauteng is struggling and the dysfunctionality and incompetence of government is making matters worse. Why is it that the tax-payers of Gauteng need to keep on paying for government’s inability to perform?
The DA will be closely monitoring the progress of this project and we will be tabling questions to the MEC for Infrastructure Development, Tasneem Motara in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to ascertain what measures are being put in place to ensure that this project is completed by April 2022.