DA MPL Dacre Haddon

DA MPL Dacre Haddon

Local Government spokesperson Dacre Haddon made an undertaking during the recent sitting of the Legislature to chase a grant of 14 million euros which is available from the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce.  The Eastern Cape is the only province that did not apply for the grant.

Haddon was speaking during a debate on a report of a study tour trip to the Netherlands, conducted by the Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Traditional Affairs.

He told the House:  “Speaker, what the report does not convey were the feelings of the Dutch officials towards our group on this trip.  The officials at the Chamber were bemused because there was a free grant for development yet the Eastern Cape did not apply for the funding.”

The grant is available over a period of 12 years and is awarded for infrastructure development.  A motivated feasibility study application was all that was required to seek this funding.

“All we had to do, as a Province, was to ask for the money,” he said.  “Imagine what the impact of 14 million euros would have had on the infrastructural development of this province.  Of concern is why this application for funding from this Province did not take place.  This was the only Province that had not applied for the grant funding.”

The recommendations from the committee contained in the report only referred to the department identifying relevant municipalities and assist them to apply for the grant.

Haddon has written to the MEC for Local Government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, to answer a parliamentary question whether the province has now applied for this grant funding and if so, to give the relevant details.

“As a province with vast unemployment we need to utilize every opportunity to access grants for development in the province and not let golden opportunities like these slip away due to ignorance or maladministration on our side,” he said.

  1. Ian Pattinson says:

    Good Day Dacre.

    I comment in my personal capacity but with my municipal infrastructure in mind. Is there any possiility of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality applying for the grant funding? Our projects division in the Electricity & Energy Directorate has had its budget cut from the R100Mil to R150Mil region over the past number of years, down to R7mil this year. It seems that that will be the case for the forseeable future.

    We have numerous captial projects which have had to be shelved or halted due to the enormous budget cuts which will certainly impact on industrial expansion opportunities.

    Case in point, we have almost completed a new 132/11kV substation in Uitenhage (Nivens Drift substation) and its 132kV bays at the source (San Souci substation), but our funding for the 132kV powerline has now been retracted leaving us with many millions of Rands worth of equipment that cannot be used. I estimate that the line will cost in the region of R40Mil to R50Mil. with current budget levels we will not be able to build that line for the forseeable future without outside funding. This is only one of anumber of similar scenarios.

    I would appreciate some direction if it is at all possible to set something in motion regarding application for the grant funding.

    Kind Regards
    Ian Pattinson

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