Whether or not we choose to believe it, it is a fact that many of our State enterprises are in fact a drain on the public purse. This is borne out by the very large deficits and indebtedness declared by these bodies. They are not able to fulfil their mandate because of a number of deficiencies including faulty financial service procedures, a lack of accountability and the number of “unauthorised” “new” workers that are politically employed, whether they can perform or not. Poor service delivery and the inability of these bodies to collect outstanding monies due to them is mainly responsible for the large debts incurred.
One utility with which I am very familiar, and whose board and management I would specifically like to engage is the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).