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Budgets tabled in Legislature

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Since last week Thursday, a number of departments tabled their annual budgets for the 2017/18 financial year.
Department of Education
The Department of Education’s budget for the financial year 2017/18 was tabled by MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe on Tuesday and amounts to R28,783 billion. The budget is made up of R23,3 billion for the compensation of employees, R2,6 billion for goods and services, R2,1 billion for transfers and subsidies and R777,6 million for capital assets.
Department of Transport
The budget of the Department of Transport for the 2017/18 financial year, tabled by MEC Nandi Ndalane last Friday, amounts to R1,962 billion, a 6,2% increase from the previous financial year.
Included is a Public Transport Operation Conditional Grant amounting to R345,610 million.
R2,074 billion, a 5,9% increase, has been budgeted for the 2018/19 financial year and R2,193 billion for 2019/20, a 5,6% increase. R578,306 million will be spent on administration, R845,025 million on transport operations and R539,055 on transport regulation.
The compensation of employees would take R921,853 million out of the budget, with R252,305 million going to be spend on goods and subsidies, R767,022 on transfers and subsidies and R21,205 on payment for assets.
The department contributes about 47% of the provincial revenue out of traffic functions. It is estimated that the department will contribute R494, 040 million to the revenue in 2017/18.
Social Development
The Department of Social Development was allocated R1,8 billion for the 2017/18 financial year. The budget was tabled in the Legislature by acting MEC Phophi Ramathuba on Tuesday.
For administration an amount of R286,608 million was set aside, while social welfare services will receive R426,854 million. Children and families will receive R783,755 million, restorative services R164,638 million and development and support services will be awarded R159,181 million.
Ramathuba announced that the department will be employing 164 new social workers during the 2017/18 financial year.
Sport, Arts and Culture
The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, having been allocated R460,2 million for the 2017/18 financial year, a 12,3% increase from the previous year, has four main programmes and several sub-programmes.
Administration has been allocated R148,6 million, while cultural affairs will be allocated R66,8 million.
For library services and archives an amount of R157,6 million has been set aside while sport and recreation has been allocated R87 million.
Coghsta
The budget speech of the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs was delivered by MEC Makoma Makhurupetje on Tuesday. The department’s budget for 2017/18 is R2,58 billion. Administration will receive R350,775 million, human settlements R1,443 billion, cooperative governance 290,498 million and traditional institutional development R496,907 million.

Story: NELIE ERASMUS
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