The annual reports for the 2022/23 financial year have exposed this current government’s failure to deliver services, grow the economy, and attract investors.
Job creation in Gauteng is hindered by the Gauteng provincial government’s inability to fill vacant positions across all departments and the lack of a conducive environment for businesses to invest in the economy.
The Department of Economic Development has constantly failed to meet its job creation targets over the past year, managing to only create 3062 jobs or 0.5% out of a target of 572 784 jobs.
This is no surprise, as loadshedding has cost Gauteng hundreds of thousands of jobs. Many potential small business creators will be reticent to invest time and money into creating businesses if they do not have a reliable source of power.
Furthermore, this government is failing to adequately maintain road infrastructure. Currently, Gauteng has 13 provincial roads that need rehabilitation.
In addition, an estimated 45% of procurement activities were still conducted through manual processes within the provincial Treasury, while 353 (63.5%) out of 556 projects did not go through the open tender system. This indicates that a lack of transparency that facilitates corruption.
This means that with every dodgy tender handed and government project halted or not completed, there are hundreds of thousands of job seekers deprived of employment opportunity.
Below are the speeches delivered during today’s Annual Report debate in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL):