MEC outlines KZN budget

2010-02-05 00:00

PROVINCIAL Finance MEC Ina Cronjé discussed key aspects of the 2010/2011 government budget with Pietermaritzburg business people at the city hall yesterday.

Cronjé said the budget, to be released on March 4, will focus on the government’s priorities: rural development and agrarian reform; the creation of decent job opportunities and economic growth; fighting crime; education; health; nation- building and good governance.

The MEC emphasised that although KwaZulu-Natal is licking its wounds from being the hardest-hit province in the country by the recession, government will not decrease spending on infrastructure.

In the 2008/09 financial year, infrastructure spending was R9,7 billion and in 2009/10 it was 10,9 billion. This financial year will see an amount of R11,9 billion budgeted for infrastructure spending, increasing to R12,7  billion in 2011/2012.

Cronjé said that unemployment remains the biggest challenge for the province. She urged businesses to find creative ways of increasing job opportunities, adding that government is not here to create jobs — businesses are.

She also expressed concern about the lack of improvement in the agricultural sector in the Midlands area, and in the municipalities that fall under the Umgungundlovu District Municipality.



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