Cronjé’s budget will fill in the gaps

2011-03-08 00:00

THE official opposition in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, the Inkatha Freedom Party, will present its alternative budget framework after today’s Budget Speech by KZN MEC for Finance Ina Cronjé, the first time since the establishment of thelegislature 17 years ago that this has happened.

IFP spokesperson on finance in the legislature and party’s shadow Finance MEC, Roman Liptak, would not reveal the details of the budget framework until after the budget today.

Last month the IFP launched its shadow cabinet for all KZN government’s portfolios, which was also hailed as another milestone in strengthening oversight role of opposition parties.

Cronjé will deliver her third budget speech after being appointed as Finance MEC after the 2009 elections.

As the national government’s delivery focus is on job creation this year, Cronjé’s speech is expected to put more emphasis on the provincial government’s plan to achieve the target it’s 1,1 million’s contribution towards job creation.

The provincial Department of Education, the biggest government’s department in the country, and the Department of Health, are expected to receive the lion’s share in the budget while Sports, Art and Culture are expected to get the smallest as is the normal trend.

Cronjé’s speech is expected to fill the gaps on the pledges made on Premier Zweli Mkhize’s state of the province address last month, with the emphasis expected to be on allocation of funds towards multi-billion rand infrastructural projects earmarked for the province.

On Friday, Liptak wrote in The Witness on what issues the IFP would like to be targeted for this year’s budget.

He suggested that all job-creation funding should go into a single entity to ensure that job opportunities are not only maximised but that access to such opportunities is made as open and equal as possible.

Spokesperson for the DA on Finance, MPL Johann Krog, called for development of small business and infrastructure expansion. “… government needs to focus on small business development, with a greater emphasis on infrastructure development,” Krog said in a statement.

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