Social Development implements budget cuts

Information that the budget cuts included how budgets for certain programs were allocated was provided by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

The Free State Department of Social Development’s budget has been reduced by more than R77 million, while in the North West the budget reduction that has been implemented in the current financial year has been further reduced. of R300 million. The Northern Cape budget of the Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) allocation has been reduced from over R9 million the previous year to just over R5 million this year.

Zulu was responding to a series of questions written by DA member of the National Assembly, Gizella Opperman, who questioned the budget cuts the National Department had made in each province and how much each program was receiving.

With regard to the Free State Department of Social Development, from the final allocation for the financial year 2020/21 to the main allocation for 2021/22, the departmental budget decreased by R77,196 million. Zulu’s answer doesn’t give any indication of the current year’s budget drop and by how much. However, it was explained that the reduction that the department had previously suffered (during the 2021/22 financial year) mainly concerned the remuneration of employees due to the freezing of annual salary adjustments on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). ).

From main allocation to final allocation (during the Adjustment Budget) the Free State Department received:

– R37,339 million as conditional grant renewal for Early Childhood Development (ECD)

– R31,692 million for gratuities paid to civil servants at levels 1 to 12

– 12 million rand for the appointment of social workers

– 4.2 million rand for ENGO payment

The response further states that in the North West Province, the budget reduction implemented in the financial year 2021/22 was R228.4 million, and in 2022/2023 it was R311.5 million rand. Another transfer for the ECD function was made to the Ministry of Education, amounting to R192 million. The budget reduction for all programs amounted to R1,654,392.

With regard to the North Cape, it was not indicated for which year was the departmental budget cut of the EPWP.

While Opperman’s question asked about budget cuts for the Northern Cape, Zulu’s answer only included the EPWP budget cuts in that province.

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Joel C. Hicks