When Provincial Treasury MEC Rob Tooley takes to the podium in the Limpopo Legislature on Tuesday morning, he is expected to table a budget which exceeds last year’s by a possible percentage point or two and is envisaged to enable the management of most challenges.
Providing a breakdown of what could be expected when he delivers his vote, he reflected on a budget made up of, among others, an equitable share of an estimated R51 billion and conditional grants of approximately R7 billion.
The Department of Education would be expected to continue getting the biggest slice of the budget pie, followed by the Departments of Health and Social Development.
He referred to good news in the form of Limpopo getting three additional monies to be channelled during this financial year, that would entail an amount in excess of R40 million for early childhood development as well as funding to employ more than 150 social workers and for individuals with severe learning challenges.
Tooley mentioned the request for an Executive Council endorsement for an extension of the Section 18 intervention in the Department of Education until 1 July in order to assist getting the department out of a disclaimer. He explained that appropriate appointments had to be made in the finance section of the Education department, and once processes were complete and individuals were in place the intended hand-over could take place by mid-year.
See a breakdown of the budget in next week’s edition of Polokwane Observer.
Story: YOLANDE NEL