BCM departments fail to spend R175m
THREE key Buffalo City Metro departments collectively failed to spend more than R175-million of their 2012-13 budgets. They are the community services, public safety and health and development planning departments. Last week, city councillors cheered themselves for an overall increase in infrastructure spending from 38% of the budget to 69%, or R675-million.
As a result, 10 children’s play parks in poor areas did not get built, a fire station was half-built, and the upgrading of the Steve Biko cemetery did not happen. BCM spokesman Keith Ngesi said all unspent monies would be rolled over and that the metro was on target to spend 100% of its budgeted expenditure in the current financial year.
Buffalo City Ratepayers’ Forum chairwoman Judy Sanan reacted saying: “For how long have we been asking ‘what are you doing with the money’? “When we ask for a problem to be attended to, they [officials] say there is no money.
“Councillors should not have to clap to say they are doing well. Bottom of the pile of bad spenders was community services, whose director Jerome Ismail has been suspended and is facing a disciplinary hearing.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily Dispatch