9 September 2016
During the recent tabling of its annual performance plan, the Northern Cape Tourism Authority indicated to the Portfolio Committee on Finance that it only plans to meet 73% of its targets for the current financial year. So, in effect, the NCTA has come to ask that we approve only 73% of their requested budget since they only want to do 73% of their work.
This is an unacceptable stance from an entity which has been praised for its stellar work in the past.
The NCTA’s excuse that there are factors beyond their control is certainly understandable, but fails to paint the whole picture. An in-depth analysis of their annual performance plan shows that 35 of a total 50 performance indicators relates to meetings, sessions with employees or the submission of reports, plans and policies. These targets are firmly within the control of the entity and there can be no reason why they are not met.
This same entity has stood out as a model of good governance for other public entities, especially its colleagues in the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development & Tourism. This crucial stakeholder in the provincial tourism industry cannot create an impression that it is unwilling to perform to the best of its abilities.
The APP was accepted under the condition that the target be revised and that any deviations will be reported during the quarterly reports. No entity or department can ever be satisfied with achieving less than 100% of its targets.
The Democratic Alliance will be conducting thorough oversight on this entity to ensure that it meets its targets fully and to the benefit of the people of the province.
Adv Boitumelo Babuseng, MPL
DA Provincial Spokesperson for Economic Affairs
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