AG: Govt's failure to plan, monitor projects affecting service delivery

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu released three performance audit reports dealing with pharmaceuticals, water infrastructure and urban renewal projects.

FILE: Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA – Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says government’s failure to properly plan and monitor its projects results in avoidable service delivery failures.

The AG released three performance audit reports dealing with pharmaceuticals, water infrastructure and urban renewal projects.

The office audited 109 health institutions and 10 medical depots, water infrastructure in seven district municipalities and four Gauteng urban renewal projects.

Makwetu says government should prioritise leadership and oversight, as well as project management.

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“The processes, with regards to planning of these programmes, were largely deficient to the extent that many plans were developed but not sufficiently to respond to the needs.”

He says skills and expertise, particularly to manage water infrastructure in rural districts, is a major concern.

“The whole area with a lack of specialists and technically trained people, some of the infrastructure that need to be delivered and the fact that it will need ongoing maintenance there are still major vacancies in those technical areas.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)