06 March 2015
The African National Congress
in the Western Cape said the provincial budget for 2015/2016 which was
delivered on Thursday missed the mark in catering for the poor.
ANC Finance Spokesperson in the provincial
legislature Carol Beerwinkel said far too little is being invested in the rural
areas for development and little support is given to struggling municipalities.
Beerwinkel says “they were
very little concerned about the balance of empowerment, job creations and elevation
of poverty would be spread right across the province to even reach the rural
If you look at the budget, you
will see that huge amount be spent on salaries and compensation, goods and
If they were really serious about looking
after the poor, then one would expect rural development and agriculture which
is the great spinner for job creation got a lot more attention, Beerwinkel
Meanwhile Western Cape MEC of
Finance Ivan Meyer said the budget did carter to poor people.
MEC Meyer delivered his R52
billion budget with the larger part of the budget going to education and
Meyer says “large part of this
money will definitely go to poorer communities and funding the issues of
Meyer adds that R18.8 billion
rand is going towards the health and R17 billion rand goes to the education department
and that is largely to deal with issues of poor communities in terms of
bringing health care to poor communities and building new schools and
educational infrastructure in poor communities.
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