Date of Meeting: 18 February 2015
Chairperson: Ms P Ngwenya-Mabila (ANC)
The turnaround strategy for the Recapitalisation and Development Programme (RADP) was presented against the backdrop of the Committee’s public hearings on 4 and 5 February 2015 on the implementation of the programme. The evaluation process conducted by the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) indicated that even though RADP had made some progress towards achieving its intended objectives, there was room for significant improvement. The best and lasting solution would entail a redesign and overhaul of all public agricultural support programmes and do away with existing silos of funding for agricultural support services. If RADP was implemented properly, the main objectives of the programme would be achieved, that is, to rekindle the class of black commercial farmers which were destroyed by the 1913 Natives Land Act.
The challenges experienced by beneficiaries included the lack of transparency and communication to strategic partners and farmers, a cumbersome process for approval of grants/funds and fraud and corruption by some strategic partners. There were delays in the disbursement of funds, non-compliance on the usage of RADP funds and a non-user friendly system for reconciliation of expenditure.
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