The DA is concerned that service delivery in Mpumalanga is often interrupted and projects are not completed because provincial departments continually struggle with insufficient budgets due to arrears.
DA spokesman Bosman Grobler said finance and economic development departments often use the current year’s budget to pay service providers for services provided in previous years. “Currently, provincial departments have a backlog worth R816,589,544 from the previous financial year. Unfortunately, other services in the province will be compromised as departments use money from their current budgets to pay for services rendered in the previous fiscal year,” he said.
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Grobler also said these are hidden costs that are not included in current departmental budgets and could become serious fiscal risks. “The sad reality of contentious payment of last year’s bills with this year’s budget will continue to compound the problem and the citizens of Mpumalanga will continue to suffer at the hands of an indifferent and incompetent government,” he said. declared.
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Provincial government spokesman George Mthetwa referred the matter to the Mpumalanga Treasury for comment, but despite Lowvelder’s efforts to secure their input, officials were unavailable.
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