1 The Select Committee (SC) on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labor, as well as the Select Committee on Transportation, Public Service and Administration and Public Works have highlighted the need to improve monitoring and evaluation to ensure that companies funded by state agencies increase their corporate social investment and skills transfer to the communities in which they operate.
3 The committees completed their second day of a week-long monitoring visit to the Northern Cape to assess the implementation and impact of the economic recovery plan.
4 The committees appreciated the information that Kele Mining Solutions employs more than 400 people, with 90% of the workforce coming from area communities.
5 Also, investment as a percentage of your turnover in skills development is worth applauding and encouraging.
6 Kele Mining Solutions received funding of R144,917,304 in 2018 from the Industrial Development Corporation.
7 The visit to the company thus formed part of the committees’ obligation to supervise said funds and learn first-hand about the destination of the allocated funds.
8 Meanwhile, the committees also visited the Kudumane Magistrate’s Office, which is undergoing renovations.
9 The committees are of the opinion that such projects should play a catalytic role in the development of women in the construction industry, in light of concerns about the lack of gender parity in employment figures and the need for greater participation of women in the construction industry.
11 However, they urged the Public Works Department to implement sanctions against the contractor if further delays are experienced.
12 They also raised concerns about the R2.2 million spent on consultants when there has been a clear call to reduce reliance on consultants.
13 However, the committees were told that the use of consultants was unavoidable in this case, an explanation the committees accepted.
14 Today, the committees will move to the Frances Baard District Township, where the main focus will be on transportation and economic development, initiatives to boost employment, tourism, and small business development.