Index Eastern Cape Provincial budget speech 2014
Date Added: 10 March 2014

The MEC for Eastern Cape Provincial Planning and Finance, Phumulo Masualle, delivered the provincial budget speech on the 6th of March from the Bisho Legislature. A public viewing of the speech was arranged by the Cacadu District Municipality, together with the Office of the Eastern Cape Premier, for the community of Grahamstown, Makana Local Municipality, at the Town Hall.

Present at the public viewing was the Speaker of the Cacadu District Municipality, Cllr Deon De Vos and representatives from the Makana Local Municipality. Finance MEC, Phumulo Masualle, said there is an urgent need to unlock the binding constraints to SA’s progress and the budget speech takes the first steps towards the realization of this vision. He then went on to say that the budget framework for the next three years is designed to reach national and provincial policy targets in a constrained fiscal environment.

He announced that they are going to continue trying to improve the roads of the Eastern Cape and therefore R3.6 billion will be allocated to the Department of Roads and Public Works for provincial road maintenance. He also gave mention to the poor state of existing hospitals and education facilities, specifically in rural areas, including roads and bridges that lead to these facilities. As a result, R688 million was allocated to fix and maintain such infrastructure. Furthermore, with a lack of access to water being an ongoing issue in the Eastern Cape, an amount of R13 billion was allocated to improve this problem.

In total, education gets the largest share of the provincial budget with R87.3 billion, while the Department of Health has been allocated R54.6 billion.

After the MEC concluded his speech, Speaker De Vos, addressed the community of Makana. A dialogue was started, giving the youth of Makana an opportunity to comment on the budget allocations. The Speaker highlighted that the budget truly indicates what the government is committed to in order to better the lives of the people. The Speaker urged all young people to make use of any opportunities that come their way.