'Gauteng broadband network project on track'

Today is the last day of the 2016 budget vote debates at the provincial legislature this week.

MEC Barbara Creecy. Picture: Leeto Khoza/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Finance Department says the province's broadband network project is on track and this year's R1,2 billion budget will allow departments to deliver eGovernment services.

Today is the last day of the 2016 budget vote debates at the provincial legislature this week.

MEC Barbara Creasy says access to the internet in Gauteng is on the rise, adding R325 million has been allocated for the province's broadband network, which will also see internet connectivity being improved in clinics, provincial agencies, school initiatives and more.

Creasy says to date, the broadband project has seen a 500 kilometre network being developed, with 400 sites already completed.

TREASURY STEPS UP ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS

At the same time, Gauteng Treasury says 60 per cent of new contracts will be procured through the open tender system in an effort to eliminate corruption.

Creecy says the global economy is not in a positive state, which affects the provincial economy.

However, Creecy goes on to say the recent ratings affirmation by Moody's is a demonstration of what government and the private sector can achieve.

The MEC says Treasury has adjudicated tenders worth around R1,5 billion in goods and services through the open tender system.

She told the legislature that the system aims to restore public confidence in the procurement process of tenders, referring to a statement by Premier David Makhura from his State of the Province Address.

"I truly believe we can use procurement policy to secure genuine economic empowerment through all sectors without bribery and corruption."

She says in this financial year, the open tender system will be accelerated to ensure more than half of tenders awarded are done so through the open tender system accessible to anyone.