Bigger budget allocated for Roads and Public Works

2017-03-15 08:20

THE Department of Roads and Public Works received an increase of 11% or R494 million in their budget for the 2017/18 financial year with a total allocation of R5.090 billion out of the provincial budget.

According to the MEC for Roads and Public Works, Thandiswa Marawu, the increase, which is above the normal inflation, is due to the special allocation for provincial priorities amounting to R255 million which includes the Bhisho Office Precinct, Roads and Acquisition of office building.

The Department received two conditional grants from the national departments (Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant from Department of Transport and EPWP Incentive grant from Department of Public Works).

“Both these grants have increased above inflation due to the good performance achieved by DRPW on Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) targets set by national Public Works on EPWP Incentive as well as good performance on the 2015/16 roads spending on the PRMG,” said Marawu.

According to Marawu, the Department continues to strengthen its property portfolio which includes provisioning office space and safeguarding government assets. An amount of R533 million has been budgeted in the 2017/18 financial year for the property portfolio.

The Department has allocated R2.429 billion for the provincial infrastructure development. An amount of R226 million has been set aside for the building’s infrastructure portfolio. R1,681 billion has been allocated for the transport infrastructure for the upgrade, maintenance and rehabilitation of provincial roads.

“The Department will endeavour to intensify its employment creation and empowerment of communities, constructing emerging contractors’ efforts and matching job seekers through the Amathuba jobs portal. R2.7 million has been allocated for the Amathuba jobs portal, R5 million for support to public bodies and R3.6 million for the Contractor Development Programme,” said Marawu.

  • Information supplied by the Department of Roads and Public Works

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