02 November 2022
North West Provincial Government assesses progress on key infrastructure projects.
The North West Provincial Government is in a bid to improve spending while delivering key services to its residents. The province has recently embarked on a week-long infrastructure oversight programme where officials from the provincial and national treasuries, together with office of the premier and relevant affected departments, assessed progress on funded projects in all the four provincial districts.
While this is a yearly exercise with different themes and intentions respectively, for this year, the oversight visits focused on economic impact projects, that essentially have the potential to change the socio-economic status of the area and the people they are being delivered to. These included the:
- Bojanala Special Economic Zone,
- Pilanesburg International Airport,
- Waterkloof Hills Combined School,
- Zeerust Waste Water Treatment,
- Mmabatho College of Nursing,
- Taung Hotel School,
- Taung Skull Heritage Site and
- Huhudi Internal Services just to name a few.
While leading a consolidation of the facts, figures, challenges and progress gathered on the projects, Director: Infrastructure Coordination, Mr Mthetho Daantjie says the oversight visits should assist the departments with planning and such should translate to much improved spending – and provides departments with an opportunity to marry the reported progress on paper by project managers with the actual, physical progress on the projects sites. “The main challenge with almost all these projects is funding/ availing of additional funds, but through these visits, we need to also see what previously allocated funds have already done because our people need a government that works for them with honesty” Mr Daantjie said.
The oversight delegation included numerous budgeting and infrastructure officials from key departments that are involved in critical decision making in terms of fiscal and infrastructure planning. On behalf of the National Treasury delegation, Deputy Director: NW Infrastructure Oversight Mr Kagiso Paledi presented on what they have gathered, and recommended areas of improvement to the provincial government and its departments, municipalities and entities – also highlighting numerous support facilities offered by NT that the province could use to fast track some projects.
Provincial and National Treasury officials responsible for monitoring and oversight of infrastructure projects in the province will convene and consolidate reports on all active infrastructure projects to be presented to cabinet later in the year.
Issued by North West Provincial Treasury
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