Municipal revenge

A street in TR Section, Khayelitsha, where residents have protested over lack of service delivery. Photo: Brenda Nkuna/WCN

A street in TR Section, Khayelitsha, where residents have protested over lack of service delivery. Photo: Brenda Nkuna/WCN

In addition to long delays, significant cost over-runs in infrastructure projects had also been experienced.

“So we shall step up the quality of planning, costing, and project management, so that infrastructure is delivered on time, and on budget.”

This meant that government departments and municipalities that did not spend, or that under-spent or misspent their allocated funding, would be at risk of losing the allocations.

http://www.fin24.com/Budget/Budget-2012/Gordhan-warns-on-underspending-20120222

Although written in 2012, it still applies to scores of SA municipalities today who are in deep trouble.

This meant that government departments and municipalities that did not spend, or that under-spent or misspent their allocated funding, would be at risk of losing the allocations.

Such a punitive approach is puerile, vengeful, lazy, destructive and ill-advised.

Puerile = Childish, because it’s a case of “If you’re not playing with it, I’ll take it away!”

Lazy, because some charlie has to get off his ass and show, guide and help control the expenditure, which is obviously not happening.

Destructive, because while the overfed, sluggish, overpaid officials are texting and chatting to friends during office hours, the money allocated to fixing roads, building houses, laying on water for the people, just sits in a bank somewhere devaluing, or worse still is spent on something else like seminars for the staff or parties, air tickets or flowers for a lover. Meanwhile the people are jobless, hungry and in need of houses, water, etc. This is how many municipalities are destroying themselves, the people and any reasonable hope of a better future.

Vengeful, because “If you don’t do as I say, I’ll take away your money!”

ill-advised…well if you can’t see how the above atrocious scenario is ill-advised for the survival and betterment of the people of South Africa then you really need to have you head read…and also please while you’re about it, stay out of politics, government and our municipalities!