The Port Elizabeth consultation meeting held this morning has been described as a waste of time by those who attended. This was the same response of those who attended the Richards Bay and Durban meetings.
The reasons for these meetings being described as a waste of time are essentially that the draft General Policy is too "general", that those presenting the policies simply cant answer basic questions on process and substance (such as what constitutes an SMME in the fishing industry) and most pertinently, the meeting did not provide copies of the sector specific policies. The meeting in PE was told that the department will be holding a second round of consultation meetings on the sector policies once these are ready! So how are they going to do conduct the second round of consultations and invite applications during May 2013 as they have stated?
It is noted that the Gazetted draft General Policy and the posters advertising each consultative meeting are now available on the DAFF website - a week after the consultation process started.