The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng notes today’s budget speech by the MEC for Finance, Nomantu Nkomo Ralehoko in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.
According to the MEC, 80% of the 2020/2021 budget will be spent on Education, Health and Social Development.
While these departments are receiving the biggest share of the budget there needs to be closer monitoring of the services that they provide. This will ensure that residents are given quality goods and services.
Gauteng is experiencing high rates of in-migration which impacts on service delivery in the province. According to the MEC, it is for this reason that the Infrastructure budget will be increased by 9% to R36.7 billion.
However, this means nothing if these infrastructure projects are not monitored properly. In most cases these projects are plagued by shoddy workmanship, the budget is not adhered to and the projects are not completed on time.
Gauteng is the economic heart beat of the economy and needs to lead from the front. This means that money spent by government must ensure good returns on investment.
Furthermore, MEC Nkomo Ralehoko has also committed to ensuring the following:
- Lifestyle audits for all officials
- Implementation of consequence management
- 30% of the goods and services budget will be spent on township businesses
- Payment of suppliers within 30 days
The DA will be closely monitoring how this budget is being implemented and spent by all government departments.