R3.3bn boost for Gauteng budget

2009-11-17 22:27
Johannesburg - Gauteng's budget will be adjusted upwards by R3.3bn, including R1.4bn for health and education, finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe said in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"The provincial budget is adjusted upward by R1.4bn to cater for the personnel costs to improve conditions of service," Nkomfe said in presenting the 2009 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement to the Gauteng legislature.

These costs related to the Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) for teachers, doctors and therapists and included R530m for more beds in hospitals.

Money for HIV/Aids

Nkomfe said an additional "conditional grant" of R128.8m - not contained in the budget - would go to the increased budget for the HIV/Aids grant.

"Adjustment to the HIV/Aids grant is in respect of meeting the higher demands that arise due to the faster [antiretroviral] take-up rate," he said.

He said R1.3bn had been budgeted to fund the Gautrain loan, including R144m for "unforeseeable and unavoidable" expenditure.

An amount of R400m was set aside for agriculture and the implementation of biotechnology strategy.

An additional R3.1m was allocated to the budget for fighting crime and corruption, not quite as much as the R3.5m for the province's "Learn to Swim" programme.

Food banks and youth-related programmes would be given an extra R15m.

The adjusted budget also set aside R6m to establish a Gauteng planning commission to "improve the capacity of the state to ensure integrated planning in the province," said Nkomfe. A further R10m had been set aside for "branding Gauteng".

Revenues down R208.8m

Nkomfe said that as a result of budget reviews and "reprioritisation", R87.6m had been returned to the provincial budget by departments.

"We plan to increase this amount in due course because reprioritisation is an ongoing process," he said.

The department of economic development had returned R40m, followed by the department of agriculture with R30m. The provincial treasury had given back R17.6m.

Most of Gauteng's budget was allocated by the national government, Nkomfe said, adding that the province's own revenues had declined by R208.8m.

"We want to reiterate the fact that there is no new money within the system.

"As a result, the departments are further urged to be more prudent and cost-effective in their planning and spending," he said.

He said that the departments of health, infrastructure, transport and housing had not yet made "good responses" with implementation of efficiency plans.
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.