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Gauteng accelerates spending to meet service delivery obligations

The Gauteng Provincial Government departments have spent R18bn in the first quarter of 2012, the provincial treasury said in its Revenue, Expenditure and Cash Flow Report. "This expenditure amounts to approximately 26% of the 2012/2013 provincial budget of R69.3bn," it said on Monday, adding that R6bn had been spent in the month of June alone.
Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe said the expenditure indicated that the provincial government was making progress in implementing programmes aimed at accelerating access to quality basic public services to citizens. The programmes range from quality education, decent employment through inclusive growth as well as a responsive, accountable, efficient and effective local government system.

According to the report, the social sector (health, education and social development), which accounts for 77% of the total provincial budget, was the main driver of expenditure recorded in the 1 April to 30 June 2012 period.

The Gauteng Department of Education spent R7.5bn of the allocated budget of R27.2bn. The money was spent on key areas such as transfers to schools, scholar transport, training and development and National Schools Nutrition Programme.

Both the provincial Departments of Education and Health made significant progress in addressing accruals during this period.

"Total accruals for the Department of Health at the beginning of the financial year amounted to R1.06bn; the department managed to settle a total of R998.6m by June 2012. The remaining R61m will be paid before the end of the financial year."

Spending on health services

The Gauteng Department of Health also reported accelerated expenditure during this period, spending R7.2bn or 29% of its budget of R24.5bn. The money was spent on addressing accruals and funding key programmes including emergency medical services, district medical services, provincial hospital services and central hospital services.

Meanwhile, the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) reported lower than projected expenditure in the first quarter, representing approximately 18% of the total budget. The finance department said it expected this picture to improve significantly in the coming months as historical trends indicated that capital expenditure tended to speed up during the second half of the financial year.

The DID has nine projects ready for tender; 10 planned maintenance projects were approved; 29 projects were completed within budget and on time, and three projects were awarded.

"The Gauteng Provincial Treasury and DID have developed a joint programme to accelerate infrastructure spending. The programme includes identifying quick wins within infrastructure allocation to ensure that this pattern is reduced; more emphasis is to be directed towards the maintenance of our health facilities," said Nkomfe.

SOURCE is a South African government news service, published by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). (formerly BuaNews) was established to provide quick and easy access to articles and feature stories aimed at keeping the public informed about the implementation of government mandates.
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Tim Singiswa
with decay and degerneration borne by non-existent policing how is it you talk about service delivery?
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 16:32
Tim Singiswa
Sometimes you need to pass this reports to third parties for authentication and verification to ensure that they are revealing what is visible and tangible!motion picture has avoided gauteng due to high levels of crime and policy incompetencies and local government inefficiencies .and government`s allooftness,blacks are prepared by the education you praise to work for the white man not to develop them to be self-dependent,productive,innovative and creative!money-laundering losses far exceed revenue therefore i would deduce that you did not generate the revenue you refer to from gauteng but obtained from national fiscal!
Posted on 6 Sep 2012 15:25