Committee Rejects Reports
A Department can spend 90% of the budget but it means nothing if that fails to translate into change of lives of the poor South Africans.
That’s what the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Lulu Johnson told the officials of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries yesterday.
“Ordinary South Africans, the historically disadvantaged people, will only understand the language of spent budget only when that makes positive impact on their lives. When they see you the officials and us the politicians they see people who do not care about their worsening plight,” said Mr Johnson.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the provincial heads of Departments appeared before the Joint Committee of the Provincial Portfolio Committees on Agriculture and National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to brief the Joint Committee meeting on Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP), MAFISA, Illima-Letsema, Landcare and other new programmes.
However, the briefing could not take place as the Joint Committee was unhappy with the information contained in the reports. The Department and the heads of the provincial Departments of Agriculture were ordered to go back and come back in June with the required information
Members of the Joint Committee told officials to include in the reports, achievements, challenges and failures. “Prepare presentations for politicians, not for accountants,” said members of the joint Committee.
Members of the Joint Committee emphasised that the presentation on CASP should clearly reflect all the current CASP projects in district municipalities. The next Joint Committee meeting will include MECs for Agriculture, the Director General, the Minister and her Deputy. – Mava Lukani