On 6 March, Minister Meyer tabled the 2018/19 Provincial Budget of R63 billion in the Western Cape legislature. Although the budget was delivered against National Treasury estimates of a revenue gap of R48.2 billion for 2017/18 which translates to a R144 million cut to the Province in 2018/19, R166 million in 2019/20 and R177 million in 2020/21.
Despite this, the Western Cape maintained its frontline services to citizens – education, health and social services. The Budget is a continuation of the undertaking given to citizens in 2009, that Budgets will always be focussed on protecting the most vulnerable.
The Western Cape Education Department receives R 69.87 billion over the 2018 MTEF. Efforts will continue to focus on improving the level of language and mathematics in all schools; increasing the number and quality of passes in the National Senior Certificate; and increasing the quality of education provision in poorer communities.
The Health Department receives R72.4 b over the MTEF to improve health outcomes and Social Development receives R7.1b over the MTEF.
R535 million has been budgeted for services to persons with disabilities over the 2018 MTEF, for the provision of bed spaces in appropriate facilities as well as day-care services to persons with disabilities.
In total, allocations to the frontline services mandates of Health, Education and Social Development, are as follows:
- R362 million in 2018/19
- R156 million in 2019/20
- R686 million 2020/21
The drought is undeniably a major risk for the Western Cape. For this reason R280m is allocated towards the drought while an additional R100 million has been earmarked within the Provincial Revenue Fund towards the drought and ensuing water crisis.
During the 2017 Adjusted Estimates, R165.331 million was allocated for the 2017/18.
These allocations are utilised for, amongst others, water resource infrastructure projects at schools, boreholes for health and social development facilities, additional water saving measures such as rain water tanks, gutters and down pipes as part of housing projects, drought relief, fodder for research herds, the drought communication campaign and boreholes to provide drinking water to rural communities
Over R28 million has been set aside over the MTEF for driving youth skills development and the apprenticeship game changer.
The Department of Transport and Public Works receives R23.5 billion over the 2018 MTEF for delivery of government infrastructure and related services that promote socio-economic outcomes and safe, empowered and connected communities.
A total of R6b is allocated towards human settlements. I am also tabling an additional R100m which national Treasury has reallocated to us from provinces that are unable to spend their human settlements budget. This will be used to accelerate service delivery of integrated and sustainable human settlements in the Province.
. An additional R100 million has been earmarked in 2018/2019 within the Provincial Revenue Fund towards the drought and pursuing water crisis.
National Government has made available disaster relief grants for provinces and municipalities of R423.7 million in 2017/18 and R472.9 million in 2018/19, which can be can be rapidly released to assist in an emergency.
National Treasury has also made R6b available to those provinces that have been affected by the drought.
The Department of Social Development receives an additional allocation of R6 million in 2018/19, R6.3 million in 2019/20 and R7 million in 2020/21 to manage service pressures and ensure the provision of a comprehensive network of social development services. This is particularly important to mitigate the effect of the drought on livelihoods in rural areas, especially among farmworkers.
Finally, we will continue with our good governance agenda by strengthening institutional and financial governance and responsiveness to the needs of the people of the Western Cape
The Western Cape will continue to strengthen its good governance agenda. The focus will therefore be on institutional and financial governance and the responsiveness of the state to the needs of citizens.
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