As revealed by Natasha Mazzone, the DA will put up Promotion of Win proper of entry to to Information Act (PAIA) applications to rather loads of ministries to carry out the plump details of employment agreements between the South African and Cuban governments. This comes after it turned into once revealed that R1.4 billion had been spent on hiring ‘specialists’ from the island nation.
Natasha Mazzone guns for Cuban workers
South Africa’s relationship with the socialist country has been under scrutiny for some time, but suspicions had been kicked into a elevated tools within the future of the pandemic. Doctors, technicians, and water specialists had been all drafted in from Cuba, in a transfer which some believed ‘took work away’ from South Africans. Mazzone acknowledged in an announcement:
“For the easier phase of a decade, the ANC government has spent bigger than R1.4 billion on agreements to make employ of Cuban workers and restore suppliers in South Africa under the Departments of Common Education; Public Works; Health; Human Settlement, Water and Sanitation; and Defence. There may be very minute detail on these billion-rand employment agreements.”
“The DA doesn’t consider that these agreements are total as uncomplicated because the ANC would indulge in the final public to consider. It merely is now not wise why the government would fork out billions of rands to pay for the companies from Cuba when there are unemployed and qualified workers across SA within the final identified fields decided for employment.”
The set has the money gone?
Five government departments have responded to the DA’s questions to date and laid bare the payment of their agreements with the Cuban government. The Defence Ministry has paid out over R1 billion to Cuba, making up most of the charges. Public Works, Water and Sanitation, and the Department of Health spent a mixed R285 million on the workers.
Within the intervening time, Minister of Common Education, Angie Motshekga, acknowledged the ‘Cuban Education Specialists’ employed by her department had been brought in to aid prepare South African educators – and now not insist newbies – in maths and science, which may very well be subjects which may very well be listed as scarce skills ‘where there may be a battle to get hold of well qualified academics’.
- Motshekga’s department is understood to have spent R63 million on the foreign specialists.