The Legislature’s Infrastructure Development Committee today tabled its oversight report on the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development’s (GDID) performance for the 2015/16 financial year. Read the summary or read the full document.

Led by Chairperson, Hon. Lindi Lasindwa, the Committee commended the Department for attaining an unqualified audit report for the 2015/16 financial year.  It is important to note matters highlighted by the Auditor General including the fact that the Department is the defendant in a number of lawsuits, and is still unable to meet the target in relation to payment of suppliers within 30 days.

During the 2015/16 financial year the Department spent 100% of the allocated budget which is a noteworthy achievement by not overspending nor under-spending during the year in review.

Though the Department spent all its allocated budget, there were only 50 of the 89 targets 50 were achieved. As such there has been a regression of 4% when comparing with the previous financial year.

One of the areas of non-achievement for the Department is  Public Works where 64 targets were planned and failed to achieve 31 (48%) of the planned targets which is its core mandate.

The Committee finds it unacceptable that the Department continues to appoint poor performing contractors, with a negative impact on projects being completed on time.

A further concern is that the Department is still not in compliance with the PFMA in terms of payment of contractors within 30 days. As part of the Committee’s intervention to assist the Department to address issues that are posing a challenge in the execution of its mandate, the Committee has conducted Focused Intervention Studies that dealt with such issues.

The Department has shown considerable commitment in integrating previously disadvantaged groups to the mainstreamed economy the although the Department is not doing enough to accommodate MVA companies for them to achieve targets.

The Department has until 6 February 2016 to provide the Committee with plans on how it intends on addressing recommendations made by the Committee.