R140m for Western Cape jobs

2013-03-07 17:28

The Western Cape government will spend almost R140 million over the next three years on creating jobs in the province, finance MEC Alan Winde has said.

“This year, in collaboration with the national government and municipalities in our province, we will progressively upscale work opportunities through the expanded public works programme (EPWP),” Winde said in a copy of his speech prepared for delivery today.

“Out of provincial resources, we have very nearly doubled the national incentive grant for EPWP, raising the total contribution from own resources to almost R140 million over the next three years.”

He said in the 2013 medium term expenditure framework (MTEF), more than a quarter of a million EPWP jobs in infrastructure, social, economic and environmental sectors would be sustained.

Winde was delivering his Western Cape budget in the provincial legislature.

Over the next three years, the province would spend R112.2 million – of which R65.1 million was awarded by the Jobs Fund – on three skills interventions for unemployed youth, said Winde.

These included a work and skills programme, an artisan programme and the CAPACITI 1 000 programme.

Winde said Western Cape would this year fund the creation of a further 678 premier’s advancement of youth project interns.

Winde said the Western Cape economic development partnership and other projects, including the development and implementation of a regional economic performance index, would receive R8.7 million in 2013/14.

Over the 2013 medium term, Western Cape will invest R49 billion – more than a third of its budget – on improving education outcomes and access to quality education.

Over the 2013 MTEF period, the education department’s early childhood development programme would receive R1.6 billion, which included an additional R79.6 million in the outer year for extra teachers to support the development of the province’s 65 000 enrolled Grade R pupils, said Winde.

An extra R100.6 million in the outer year of the medium term was provided for extra teachers across all grades in the poorest schools.

Western Cape increased investment in new schools, replacement structures, infrastructure maintenance and extra mobile and fixed classrooms. This programme, which would run for three years, would receive R3.2 billion.

More than R50 billion had been set aside for people who did not have private healthcare.

R33.3 million over medium term had been dedicated toward the roll-out of an improved diagnostic test for TB, he said.

The department of social development would receive an allocation of R5.1 billion over the 2013 MTEF period.

Funding of R9.5 million has been ringfenced to provide for additional caregivers at centres for disabled people for the next three years.

Through the education department, R5 million had been allocated for employment of multidisciplinary teams for 44 centres.

R1.2 billion had been allocated to the department of community safety, said Winde.

The department of cultural affairs and sport had been given R445.3 million in 2013/14.

To promote a reading culture and improve literacy rates, the province would invest R188 million in 2013/14, R255 million in 2014/15 and R299 million in 2015/16 toward enhancing the 348 library service points.

Wesgro, the province’s trade, investment and destination marketing agency, would receive R18.864 million to promote competitive sectors.

Over the medium term, the department of agriculture would receive R1.9 billion to target 10% growth in this sector by 2020, said Winde.

Winde said the province would increase its infrastructure budget from R3.3 billion to R5.5 billion.

The department of the premier would receive R853.8 million in 2013/14. Through this, the province would build a solid foundation for cost-effective service delivery.

The provincial treasury would receive R1.7 billion and the department of local government would get R552 million, he said.

Winde said more than 80% of the province’s budget would be utilised to deliver social services and a safety net for the poor.

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