Gauteng Department of Social Development
The Gauteng Department of Social Development failed to assist 70 cooperatives through workshops aimed at increasing their financial viability and sustainability.
The 3rd quarterly report presented by the department indicates that only 394 out of a targeted 464 cooperatives attended these crucial workshops.
This is a clear indication that this administration lacks the proactivity and leadership necessary to encourage more cooperatives to attend empowerment sessions.
The Social Development Department has a critical role to play in the Gauteng Provincial Government’s 30% procurement target which aims to strengthen the township economy.
This target will remain an abstract vision if the department excludes those it is meant to bring into the fold.
Cooperatives, particularly those within disadvantaged communities, create much needed work opportunities for low skilled workers.
The DA will continue to closely monitor the Department to ensure it meets its objectives and that the economically excluded are brought in to the economy through programmes designed to empower them.
Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Social Development
060 558 8297