Ethekwini Full Council SpeechesCllr. Wayne Thring
1.2 Hosting of the World Hospital Congress.
Mr. Speaker, the ACDP acknowledges, as a given, that there are many challenges in our public hospitals. Hardly a day goes by without one hearing of some gross negligence in one of our public hospitals.
It is in this light, that the hosting of the World Hospital Congress at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, serves as a positive intervention to bring senior leaders and management within the health and hospital sector together, in order to share experiences on strategic and operational approaches to improve hospital and health sector performance, thus enhancing positive health outcomes.
This is, and must be the primary objective, while other economic and tourist benefits, certainly fall into second place.
The ACDP supports this recommendation.
1.2 Provincial and National Golden Games
Mr. Speaker, the ACDP most certainly supports initiatives which seek to integrate our senior citizens into mainstream society and those which encourage them to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
This flies in the face of those who would call for the termination of our infirm, sickly senior citizens through the process of medically assisted suicides or euthanasia.
On the matter of finances, the ACDP calls for the correction of the financial details in the recommendation, as these figures cater for ten Councillors and not the six approved by Exco. In addition, Mr Speaker, the ACDP questions whether a recommendation with financial implications can be competent in the absence of a vote number.
5. Intergrated Development Plan ( IDP)
Mr. Speaker, while this item is for noting, the ACDP wishes to raise a concern with regard to the rating of our IDP in comparison to the other 60 Minicipalities in KZN.
When one looks at the credibility scores over the past nine financial years, we note that in the last three financial years EThekwini has produced the lowest ratings of 76, 75 and 79% respectively.
Mr. Speaker, if the IDP drives our budget and the budget is a function of our IDP, then the IDP needs to be as close to 100% credible as possible, because the lack of credibility will lead increased deficits, over or under spending and possible non compliances with the MFMA and SCM Acts.
Can the Municipal Manager inform this Council, why our IDP credibility ratings have dropped.