In a written response to questions asked by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the City of Ekurhuleni’s MMC for Finance and Economic Development said over the past five years, R606.730,761 was spent on projects that created only 696 jobs.
In addition, the MMC for Finance and Economic Development, Doctor Xhakaza, said the intended impact of these projects was achieved. He, however, didn’t say what the intended impact of each project was. The City of Ekurhuleni has a 39% unemployment rate.
Twenty-five projects were listed for the five years, but not all of them managed to get off the ground. So no money was spent on the projects and no jobs came from them. One of the projects – Aerotropolis International Hospitality School – created no jobs despite having R16.3 million budgeted for it.
Some projects, however, came at a large cost for seemingly little reward. Automative City in Katlehong has so far seen R44.8 million spent on it. In five years, only 30 jobs were created with this project.
According to DA Shadow MMC for Economic Development in Ekurhuleni Senzi Sibeko, many of these facilities currently stand in a state of disrepair.
“Instead of ensuring that basic services are delivered, such as reliable energy supply, provision of clean water and regular infrastructure maintenance, the ANC and its coalition partners are more interested in adding to its collection of white elephants. Ekurhuleni is littered with botched ANC projects which continue to fall into a state of disrepair, while residents and communities are neglected,” said Sibeko.
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