MINISTER in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says he is concerned about poor management in certain state departments in Limpopo.
Radebe made this clear during his unannounced visit to the Mopani region on Friday where residents also voiced their unhappiness about corruption, high rate of crime and poor state of infrastructure such roads, among others.
“It is our responsibility all of us to fight corruption wherever it rears its ugly head. We need to give our people the opportunity to benefit out of the procurement process of government. We know corruption is a scourge that threatens to reverse the gains of our hard-earned democracy,” he said.
However, he was quick to point out that Management Performance Assessment Tool has shown that Limpopo has remarkably improved in the supply of electricity and sanitation to communities.
But he called for the filling of posts especially at Sekororo Hospital which he also visited in the Mopani region. The hospital has 40 vacancies for medical staff but only nine have been filled.
“We are not satisfied with the utilization of the infrastructure as I had told the hospital CEO. The problem I think is around a high rate of vacancy,” Radebe said.
He continued: “Our interactions and the reports presented by officials indicate that there is an urgent need for the upgrading of access roads. Having driven on these roads today, I can attest to an urgent need to tar these roads in this area and Mopani at large,” he said.
Turning his attention to the crime concerns, Radebe said he will engage with Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngcakula, who heads the security cluster to address the problem.
Radebe also said Kgoshi SSS Sekororo raised a need for a library in the area.
“If we say education is one of the foremost priorities, we have to build libraries with sufficient books written in local languages like Sepedi and others in order to educate and skill the community,” he said.