Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy has presented the provincial budget for 2018/2019 which has increased by over R9 billion from the adjusted budget of R112 billion in November.
Barbara tabled her allocations for the provincial legislature in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning with the department of health receiving the biggest slice of the budget made up of R46 billion followed by education with an allocation of over R45 billion.
Here are some key take outs from Creecy’s budget allocation
- 23 billion has been set aside for services for children of which 280 billion will be used to fund childhood development centres.
- R528 million will be used to pay municipal bills at no-fee public schools.
- R137 million is allocated for services to people with disabilities which includes implementation of independent living programmes and increasing income earning opportunities.
- Over the next three years over half a billion rand will be allocated to fight substance abuses through prevention and treatment programmes.
- An amount of R245.9 million over the medium term is set aside for the expansion of the Isibindi programme and the prevention of violence against women and girls.
- The department of community safety receives R49 million this year to improve community centered policing.
- The provincial government will contribute over half a billion for youth development and R67 million allocated for small business development.
- R56 million will be used to upgrade township hubs and industrial parks.
- R6.4 billion has been allocated to the Department of Roads and Transport.
- The Office of the Premier will receive R23 million to continue strengthing th fight against corruption through the Integrity Management programme.
Listen to Barbara Creecy's full budget speech below