Scott was tabling the 2019/20 Medium Term Expenditure
Framework (MTEF) at the Provincial Legislature in Pietermaritzburg. She
said boosting infrastructure was
one of the ways to address South Africa’s
growth prospects and was in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s
State of the Nation Address
This included both equitable share and conditional grant
“If we include the
amount budgeted for infrastructure by
Human Settlements where the asset, in the end, does not belong to government,
the total infrastructure spend
increases to R16.8-billion, R16.9-billion and R17.5-billion over the MTEF,”
This was “a considerable injection of funds into the
provincial economy,” she said.
“These structures will provide easier and safer access to
schools, hospitals, clinics and other government facilities, while also
allowing for improved economic activity. Areas where bridges will be built
include Mdloti, Mfule, White uMfolozi and uPongola,” said Scott.
The provincial health department
would be completing the regional 500-bed Dr Pixley ka Isaka
Seme Memorial Hospitalwith its infrastructure funding.
R300-million was also allocated for the procurement of the equipment needed
for the facility.
Schools set to receive major upgrades included Zululand’s
Dingukwazi Secondary School (R90-million); Harry Gwaladistrict’s
Pholela Special School (R109-million for the continued construction of
a new school) and Open Gate Special School in uMgungundlovu district, which
would see R59-million spent on major upgrades.
Collingwood Primary School in Umlazi district
would be getting a new school at a cost of R80-million.
Overall, education again
received the largest slice of the provincial budget, taking 41.4% of the pie.
“The budget allocation over the MTEF is R54-billion, R57.7-billion and
R60.9-billion,” said Scott.
The largest share of the education department’s
budget allocation was for personnel, she said.
Furthermore, KwaZulu-Natal’s no-fee learners
currently constituted 75% of the population in public ordinary schools.
The National School Nutrition Programme provided nutritious
meals to 2.3-million learners in 5 729 schools, said Scott.
to new schools, curriculum support classrooms, laboratories, multi-purpose
classrooms, as well as electrification, sanitation and water will
continue so that basic functionality can be achieved in all 6 175 schools,”
The KZN health department took the second biggest slice of the budget pie, at 34.5%, followed by transport, at 8.3% http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/kzn-budget-looks-to-boost-local-economy-through-infrastructure-2019-03-07