2017/03/06 Charmaine Kgopa and Gopolang Leepile
Following plans outlined by Premier David Makhura and members of the executive council in the State of the Province Address, Treasury MEC Barbara Creecy will pull her weight behind those projects when she presents the provincial budget to the Gauteng Legislature on Tuesday.
In the 2016/17 financial year MEC Creecy assured citizens that Gauteng is in a suitable position to fight socio-economic issues such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. In this year’s budget speech, funding for projects that were said to be put in place as resolutions to the challenges faced by Gauteng residents will be presented.
In the previous financial year, MEC Creecy said that R 1.9 billion would be allocated for Health whereby there was upgrading of hospitals and completion of staff residences. R3 billion was allocated to education for 12 new schools of which some have been launched. The money was also allocated to refurbishment of one hundred and twenty three schools across Gauteng.
Gauteng residents will anticipate the allocation towards human settlements as in the 2016/2017 financial year, 5.2 billion was allocated towards human settlements.
As Premier Makhura stated in the State of the Province Address , the provincial government will focus on the roll-out of public transport and logistics, mega human settlements, renewable energy, ICT and broadband government precincts, health infrastructure, new schools, libraries as well as social development facilities, over the next two years.
The 2016/2017 budget increase of 6% raises questions of whether or not MEC Creecy will announce a budget increment for the upcoming financial year. In her 2016/2017 budget speech, MEC Creecy said that R325 million would be used for Gauteng Broadband Network and R51, 4 million to agriculture and Rural Development for maintaining nature reserves and implementing infrastructure programmes.