The Department of Economic Development has spent millions of rands on the refurbishment of the Khutsong and Chamdor Industrial Parks, yet they are not operational. This department is known for spending millions of rands in refurbishment with nothing to show for it.
This was revealed to me by the MEC for Economic Development, Winifred Mosupyoe in a written reply to my questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL).
According to the MEC, the department spent R2 439 423.59 on the refurbishment of the Khutsong Industrial Hub and R15 251 111.71 on the refurbishment of the Chamdor Industrial Hub.
The refurbishment of both these hubs was completed in 2018.
Furthermore, the MEC also revealed that the Mohlakeng Enterprise Hub in Rand West is also still not fully operational.
The hub in Khutsong has been designed to provide SMMEs with facilities to undertake light manufacturing, while the hub in Chamdor is supposed to provide services like spray painting, wheel balancing, wheel alignment, and panel beating.
The Mohlakeng Enterprise Hub is supposed to provide support to 36 businesses but is not yet operational due to outstanding contractual arrangements between occupants and the Rand West Local Municipality.
It is concerning that these Industrial hubs are not fully operational as they have the potential to create more job opportunities, particularly for our youth who are in desperate need of skills and employment.
The Democratic Alliance will be tabling further questions to MEC Mosupyoe to determine when these hubs will be fully operational.