'State entities need govt support'

Minister Malusi Gigaba delivered his budget vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday said the country's parastatals deserved government's continued support.

Delivering his budget vote speech in Parliament earlier, he told Members of Parliament (MPs) state owned enterprises were showing a good return on investment.

"I believe that we are getting an extraordinary return on the capital that we've invested in them and they are worthy of our continued and unflinching support."

Gigaba said his department received several clean audits.

"I am humbled to request the Extended Public Committee to support this budget of R236 million for our department that has achieved nine consecutive clean audits."

Concerns were raised in recent months about the state of the national carrier, which was hit by a series of high profile resignations.

Gigaba in April appointed an acting CEO for South African Airways (SAA) following Siza Mzimela's resignation in October.

In January, SAA received an emergency loan to cover fuel costs from government.

Meanwhile, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was hit by an exodus of staff early in 2013.

In March, President Jacob Zuma accepted six resignations of non-executive directors and those of board chairman Ben Ngubane and his deputy, Thami ka Plaatjie.

The national broadcaster now has an interim board which will sit for six months.