Dlodlo places SOEs under the microscope

THE chairperson of the ANC’s NEC sub committee on legislature and governance, Ayanda Dlodlo,Picture: ANN7

THE chairperson of the ANC’s NEC sub committee on legislature and governance, Ayanda Dlodlo, said during the party’s press briefing yesterday that the national elective conference will emphasise the governance and oversight protocols for state-ownedentities (SOEs).

At the ANC’s headquarters in Johannesburg at Luthuli House, Dlodlo advocated for prudential management of them. “The state of some of the SOEs calls for a serious intervention to restore governance and prudential management,” she said.

SOEs have been under scrutiny given Eskom’s parliamentary inquiry, which was probing allegations of grand corruption, governance failures and mismanagement of state funds. The parliamentary inquiry has since adjourned until January, with Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Ben Martins and the Gupta brothers being scheduled to take the first questions.

Dlodlo said Parliament’s oversight role needs to ensure consistency and robustness as far as SOEs are concerned. “The oversight role of Parliament will be re-examined so as to ensure an ANC progressive consistent agenda is implemented in Parliament. The elective conference will need to examine effectiveness of governance and accountability mechanisms.” Dlodlo mentioned the unemployment levels in South Africa having remained “chronically and exceedingly high especially among the youth”.

South Africa’s unemployment has remained stagnant at 27.7%. “The public sector employment programmes must be improved to ameliorate these conditions. And cities can play a vital role in building the local economy. Key to this is the provision of utilities for growing business.”

Dlodlo reaffirmed to delegates that the capacity and capability of the state was the most critical factor to the solving issues of poverty, inequality and land dispossession.

-REFILWE MAGASHULE|refilwem@thenewage.co.za