Gauteng's health, education and infrastructure gets R250 billion boost

The Gauteng provincial government has set aside R250 billion to invest in health, education and infrastructure development over the next three years.

This was revealed during the mini-budget speech by MEC of Finance, Barbara Creecy, at the legislature on Tuesday.

Speaking to 702's Stephen Grootes (standing-in for John Robbie) she highlighted that urban migration puts pressure on the ability of public institutions to deliver adequate services.

We do face an enormous challenge of urban migration into the province. Almost 500 000 people moved into Gauteng since last year's medium term budget policy speech.

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng finance MEC

Creecy said 54% of the R250 billion would be allocated to remuneration, which is lower than the provincial average.

She said it was important to align goals with the Remuneration Commission's decision to not increase salaries of public office bearers.

If we are trying to contain the wage bill of civil servants, it's also important that public office bearers set an example.

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng finance MEC

Listen to the interview below:


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