oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Bigen Africa asks:
Is the private sector ready to deal with the service delivery crisis?



Service delivery (or the lack thereof) is currently the talk of town. It seems as if the new government has been taken by surprise by the recent uprisings so soon after the election. Government initially appeared confident that the economic crisis will not impact on government spending. In addition, there was a belief that the effects of the crisis would indeed be somewhat masked through increased government spending on infrastructure in the next two years. Reality, it seems, is turning out differently - we see capital budgets of government departments contracting and we see departments running out of funds barely five months into the new financial year. The service delivery crisis is thus a real crisis, as the means to deal with it is declining, while people are becoming more dependent on public services due to the deteriorating economic situation. It cannot be "business as usual" for government!


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