WC dept fails to spend R192m

The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works will explain how it failed to spend R192m.

External consultants have been blamed by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works for delaying a road infrastructure pilot project in the province. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works will on Wednesday explain how it failed to spend R192 million of its 2010/11 budget.

The department was called by Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts to clarify why funds were left untouched.

Most of the budget, R62. 9 million, was earmarked for provincial road infrastructure.

Eyewitness News is in possession of the department's presentation for Wednesday, which details fiscal remedial measures.

In at least two instances, external consultants are blamed for delaying projects.

Notably, delays in implementing the Average Speed Over Distance pilot project in Beaufort West resulted in the underspending of the budget dedicated to traffic management in the province.