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The Northern Cape Provincial Government’s Debt Is At R3,5 Billion – Dr Zamani Saul

ANC Northern Cape chairperson Dr Zamani Saul addressing ANC Lekgotla
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Speaking in his capacity as ANC Provincial Chairperson at the party’s two-day Provincial  Executive Committee (PEC) Legotla which took off this morning in Kimberley, Dr Saul decried the province’s debt which he said could only be remedied through the “cutting of wastages and inefficiencies.”

Accruals: R1,7 billion – monies largely owed to “emerging small businesses”
Unauthorised Expenditure: R900 million

According to Dr Saul, Sol Plaatje Municipality is owed R500 million by provincial government departments. He pointed out that this municipality will become the “engine” of the “modern, growing and successful Northern Cape province.”

A War Room on Poverty and Unemployment is to be established. Whilst the province’s economic growth will be showcased through the an Investment Book flagging “bankable projects.”

Dr Saul also called for “minimum benefits” to be sought by Cabinet Members out of the Ministerial Handbook.

The Lekgotla will be breaking into Commissions; Economic Transformation, Social Transformation and Legislature and Governance.

By Thabo Mothibi

ANC Northern Cape chairperson Dr Zamani Saul addressing ANC Lekgotla

 

ANC Northern Cape chairperson Dr Zamani Saul addressing ANC Lekgotla
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Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).

One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.

As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.

Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.

Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..