Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
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20 Nov 2020
11:49 am

Gauteng sets aside R1.3 billion for job creation

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

The MEC said these are tough economic times, which have resulted in revenue shortfalls and increased pressure on public finances.

September 19 2019 Gauteng MEC for Finance, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko during an interview with Sowetan in Johannesburg. PHOTO: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/SOWETAN

Finance and e-Government MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko announced an additional budget allocation amounting to R1.3-billion for job creation and job protection particularly for the youth, as part of efforts to counter the adverse economic impact of Covid-19 in the province on November 19.

The education sector will get the largest share of this budget, with R1.1 billion allocated for the hiring of education assistants, and to preserve posts in Quintile 4 and 5 public schools and low-income private schools.

“Health receives R47.4-m in additional funding to appoint enrolled and assistant/auxiliary nurses,” Nkomo-Ralehoko told the Gauteng Provincial Legislature during the presentation of her 2020 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement.

“We have allocated R77.8-m to Social Development to provide salary top-ups for additional compliance support duties and for employment risk support. Roads and Transport has been allocated R45.5-m for job creation through road maintenance,” she said.

The MEC said these are tough economic times, which have resulted in revenue shortfalls and increased pressure on public finances.

“As the Gauteng Provincial Government, we will continue to work closely with national and other relevant stakeholders to ensure service delivery is not affected,” she said.

The re-modeled Growing Gauteng Together, Vision 2030 has identified infrastructure as one of the key interventions to re-build and grow the economy that creates sustainable jobs.

In line with this, Nkomo-Ralehoko increased the infrastructure budget of 2020/21 financial year by R80.8-m to R12.3-b.

“Gauteng is already working with the Infrastructure South Africa Agency in the Presidency and is planning to set up infrastructure investment to revive the provincial economy. This drive will eventually see blacks, women and young people drawn into the thrust of the economy of the province.

“The Gauteng Provincial Government continues to improve the ease of doing business in each sector in compliance with applicable lockdown regulations, towards the development of a skilled workforce for each industry and build enabling infrastructure, including specialise economic zones and industrial parks,” she added.

The MEC said it is important that Emfuleni Local Municipality resumes basic service delivery to the public.

“In this regard R51.1-m will be allocated to Agriculture and Rural Development, in order to provide support to the Emfuleni Local Municipality, particularly relating to addressing the poor waste management services and fast-tracking service delivery,” she said.

Institutionalising clean governance

The MEC acknowledged the corrupt activities due to the abuse and mismanagement of supply chain management processes during the procurement of PPE has eroded the trust between the people and government.

“As a province we have been outspoken and consistent in the fight against corruption, wastage, maladministration and unethical conduct. That is why Premier Makhura continues to brief the public about the actions that the province is taking against anyone implicated in wrongdoing concerning the procurement of PPE.

“To promote transparency, the Provincial Treasury has embarked on an exercise of disclosing the provincial expenditure on PPE every month. Furthermore, we continue to conduct compliance checks throughout departments and provide guidance where it is required.

“As Gauteng, we believe it is fitting for us to reflect deeply on the lessons learnt during this time of crisis that we face in the world. The value of the crisis is not the drama, pain, and destruction that it has caused in our lives,” she said.

This article was republished from Southern Courier with permission

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