Education, health and social development prioritized in Gauteng budget

Finances MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko tabled its R154 billion budget on Wednesday morning.

Gauteng Finance MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko. Photo: @NkomoNomantu/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng’s budget for the 2022/2023 financial year has leaned heavily towards social spending, with 82% of the budget allocated to education, health and social development.

Finances MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko tabled its R154 billion budget on Wednesday morning.

It is not new or surprising that health and education receive the lion’s share of the budget with over R59 billion each, as this has been the province’s strategy in recent history.

As Gauteng struggles with a housing crisis in areas such as Lenasia South and Mamelodi, which was recently hit by floods, Nkomo-Ralehoko has allocated R6.3 billion to the Department of Human Settlements.

R8 billion has been allocated for the rehabilitation of roads and transport.

The province has planned the upgrade of Olifantsfontein Road in Midrand and the R82 phase 3 near Walkerville and De Deur in the Vaal.

The rehabilitation of a new road between Megawatt Park and Kyalami was also prioritized.

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MORE THAN R36 BILLION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

Although Gauteng’s infrastructure ministry is riddled with problems and scandals, the provincial treasury has allocated just over R36 billion to it over the next three years.

This was after several department officials were suspended after a Special Investigation Unit investigation linked them to the irregular refurbishment of the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital on the West Rand.

During his state of the province address, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said that over the next two years his government will focus on infrastructure as the central and foundational principle for building the economy.

The R36 billion would go towards refurbishing hospitals including Edenvale, Leratong and Chris Hani Baragwanath. It would also be used to build new schools and housing.

But Economic Freedom Fighters provincial chairman Itani Mukwevho did not believe the move was the right one.

Joel C. Hicks