Increase in KZN’s 2013/14 budget

2013-11-29 00:00

THE KZN budget for 2013/14 has been increased by R1,4 billion, bringing the overall budget for the financial year to R91,2 billion.

The adjustment budget, which includes the roll-over of unspent funds from last financial year, additional allocations and shifting of funds, was tabled by Finance MEC Ina Cronjé at the KZN Legislature in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The adjustment budget shows the R420,5 million in additional allocations made by national government.

These include:

• R119,9 million for higher salaries;

• R296,6 million for regrading of clerical workers;

• R1,5 million for Further Education and Training Colleges’ employee salaries;

• R110 million to ease pressures in the Health Department; and

• R49,4 million in disaster funding from floods experienced in 2011/12.

The budget document said money spend on infrastructure was set to increase to R11,7 billion from the original R11,4 billion budget approved earlier this year.

“This is mainly due to additional funding allocated to Health for infrastructure spending pressures,” said Cronjé.

However, some departments, such as the Office of the Premier, Economic Development and Tourism, Human Settlement, Transport, Social Development, and Arts and Culture, were decreasing their infrastructure allocations.

The budget document, accompanying changes in the departments’ finances, said cost-cutting measures introduced in 2009/10 were still in place and a circular had been reissued to departments and public entities.

Transfers to municipalities have also increased by R264 million.

“The bulk of these transfers are administered by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs [R210,5 million], Human Settlements [R197,9 million] and Public Works [R458,3 million].”

The funds relates mainly to small town rehabilitation programmes, maintenance of hostels in erstwhile homeland townships and payments of property rates.

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