Education and health gets lion’s share of Free State budget

2010-11-26 13:53

The Free State education and health departments will get more than half of the province’s R656.6 million adjusted mid-term budget allocations, the MEC for finance Seiso Mohai said.

The R191.1 million for education would go to cover amongst others HIV and Aids programmes, school nutrition, bursaries, learning and teaching material and FET colleges.

Health’s R155.6 million would cover costs for 2010 World Cup preparations, HIV counselling and testing, occupation dispensation, mobile clinics and HIV and Aids grants.

Mohai told a near empty legislature that the adjusted budget had been allocated to deal specifically with service delivery needs in the provinces.

“It is important that departments spend all the allocated funds.”

Another addition made to budgets was at the department of public works where they got R114.7 million to pay amongst others rates and taxes to municipalities.

Road maintenance in Free State was expected to get an additional R55 million and the department of sports, arts, culture and recreation was allocated R14 million to cover costs amongst others incurred during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Mohai said the province had done very well in revenue collection and that it had collected more than planned by the end of September this year.

Free State would however focus further on own revenue collection by recovering outstanding debt, increasing revenue collection at its resorts and reserves, at weigh bridges and reviewing its motor vehicle licences.

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