Minister Meyer and PT representatives shared information regarding the R63 billion Provincial Budget and the allocation to the Eden District.
With the estimated R48.2 billion revenue gap for 2017/18, it translates to a R144 million cut to the Western Cape’s Provincial Equity Share in 2018/19, R166 million in 2019/20 and R177 million in 20/21.
“Notwithstanding the shrinking allocations from National Treasury, we have increased our budgets towards Education, Health and Social Services. In this way we are ensuring that the poor are not disadvantaged” said Minister Meyer.
The Eden District will receive R5.598 billion in the provincial budget for 2018/19.
Within Eden District, R2 billion will be spent in George followed by Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay at R831 million and R678 million respectively. Knysna receives R514 million while Hessequa receives R280 million, Kannaland R204 million and Bitou Municipality R253 million. A further R763 million will be spent across municipalities.
An amount of R3.1b is allocated towards infrastructure development in the Eden Region over the 2018 MTEF.
This is allocated as follows:
- George – R899 million
- Bitou – R125 million
- Knysna – R186 million
- Mossel Bay – R585 million
- Hessequa – R95 million
- Kannaland – R72 million
Key Projects include the upgrading of informal settlements in Mossel bay (R60 million), construction of 967 housing units in Rosevalley, Oudtshoorn (R43 million) and the construction of 1 360 housing units in Kwanokuthula in Bitou (R51 million). A R40 million public works allocation has also been made towards the modernisation of the York Park office building in George. Education infrastructure projects within Eden includes the construction of the Panorama Primary School in Hessequa (R34 million) and the Concordia Primary School in Knysna (R40 million).