As always, I listened with keen interest to the Budget Speech. There was a lot of good news. For example, a focus on the youth and job creation. These are all things that are vitally important, and which need urgent attention from our Government. I do not pretend to be a financial expert, so a lot of it goes over my head. I think that my main concern is that once the speech is over, and the money is allocated, I worry that there is sufficient capacity, in terms of the people tasked with allocating the vast monies set aside for 'job creation', 'education' and 'social spending' in general.
When I go to source the money that I so badly need from the relevant departments, will the forms be available? Will my application be filed and processed properly? Will I phone in a month’s time, and will my file be lost, or will it still be waiting to be reviewed?
As the Director of a non-profit organisation, our national budget always excites and fills me with hope. Where the wheels often do come off, is sourcing that money. When someone goes to get their grant, will it be the relatively simple process that it should be, or will it be a long and protracted shambles, with lost forms and incompetent staff?
Mention was made in the speech today about us not wanting to be a nation who gives people fish, but teaches the population instead to fish. I would like to add, that we must be a nation who ensure that the people handing out the fishing rods, at all times, are skilled and willing to help allocate the impressive spending set aside to transform our nation, in so many good and positive ways.
Our challenge seems to lie not in the budget, which seems to be a good one, but in its implementation, which is often very problematic.