Tuesday saw the second day of Parliament’s bumper budget vote season, where days are packed with speeches, debates and press briefings about how government departments are spending their days – and our money. REBECCA DAVIS summarises some of the interesting bits from Tuesday’s sessions.
Let’s start with some good news – really. Government’s Expanded Public Works programme – which provides temporary work for South Africa’s unemployed – seems to be bearing fruit. Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin pointed out that a recent survey undertaken by Stats SA found that 710 of those who participated in the programme had gone on to find employment, with 45 of those employed in the formal sector. Cronin candidly described himself as “favourably surprised” by these results. The programme has set a target of providing 6 million work opportunities in five years, and by the end of the first year – in March 2015 – had slightly surpassed the year’s target by creating 1, 24 million.
Jeremy Cronin doesn’t think much of the opposition’s approach to land issues. Cronin described the EFF’s position of expropriation without compensation as “expropriation without comprehension”. He suggested that the EFF believes that land expropriated by government would always…
Source : Daily Maverick