Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy on Tuesday revealed how Africa’s wealthiest province will fund the vision Premier David Makhura outlined for Gauteng a week ago.
Creecy tabled a R121.2 billion ($10bn) budget for the 2018/19 financial year in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. The budget is up R9.1 billion, or 8% on the previous year, a significant increase in tough economic times. The province plans to raise R6 billion of its own revenue this year to compensate for cuts to it equitable share and alleviate spending pressures particularly in the social delivery departments” said the MEC
MEC Creecy says the budget sets out how the province will fund its commitment to equity and social justice. She adds: it outlines how the Gauteng government will use its massive procurement spend to improve public facilities, transform the economy and create work.
The biggest beneficiaries of the budget (see table 1) are:
Overall R31.8 billion has been set aside for infrastructure programmes over the next three years which include building new schools, rehabilitating health facilities, upgrading roads, renovating hostels to become family units and building houses and serviced stands.
TABLE 1: 2018 MTEF BUDGET ALLOCATIONS
|Office of the Premier||702 694||695 547||735 712|
|Gauteng Provincial Legislature||715 824||761 430||806 130|
|Economic Development||1 510 450||1 587 355||1 676 058|
|Health||46 429 326||49 031 984||52 415 712|
|Education||45 220 540||47 780 764||50 741 196|
|Social Development||4 983 495||5 293 915||5 599 412|
|Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs||468 235||496 588||527 317|
|Human Settlements||5 888 425||6 117 655||6 534 918|
|Roads and Transport||7 713 818||8 269 666||7 954 125|
|Community Safety||719 495||759 694||805 786|
|Agriculture and Rural Development||957 000||1 010 840||1 036 994|
|Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation||942 652||989 706||1 079 675|
|e-Government||1 273 826||1 342 611||1 421 333|
|Gauteng Provincial Treasury||796 413||831 470||882 786|
|Infrastructure Development||3 036 964||3 122 694||3 261 766|
|Total provincial estimates by Vote||121 359 156||128 091 920||135 478 920|
“The Gauteng Government’s R42.2 billion infrastructure spend has made a major contribution to stimulating economic activity, creating employment and raising living standards in communities across our province over the last four years” said MEC Creecy
The MEC indicated that the province’s research shows that this spend contributed R26 billion to economic activity in Gauteng, increase household income by R15 billion and created or sustained 95 thousand direct and 194 thousand indirect or induced jobs over the past four years.
The MEC said that the Gauteng Provincial Government is proud of its track record in using government’s massive procurement spend to drive meaningful transformation, empowerment, job creation and economic inclusion in the mainstream economy.
“Over the last four years R57.7 billion has been spent on procuring goods and services from 12 041 firms owned by historically disadvantaged individuals. Included in this overall figure are 7488 companies owned by women, and 5539 companies owned by youth and 2145 companies owned by people living with disabilities,” MEC Creecy said.
The MEC noted that in these times of rising direct and indirect taxes, citizens have a right to know that their taxes are put to the best possible use, and that this government is not squandering them through poor financial management or ill-conceived programmes and projects.
“All Gauteng Departments and Municipalities have worked hard to ensure better financial management and greater public accountability in the use of public funds. All provincial departments and entities and all Municipalities can now boast unqualified audits with two thirds of provincial Departments getting clean audits,” said MEC Creecy.
The MEC said that the Open Tender procurement process remains Gauteng’s flagship programme to ensure systematic elimination of irregular expenditure. To date 75 projects have now progressed successfully through the system. In the coming year, all new departmental tenders will be publicly adjudicated.