Eastern Cape had spent 48.6% of total budget at end of second quarter

NOVEMBER 3, 2014

The Eastern Cape had spent 48.6% of its total budget of R62.9 billion for the 2014/15 financial year at the end of the second quarter, according to figures released by National Treasury. The figures show that the province had spent 48.1% of its budget for current payments and 30.6% of its capital budget.

With regard to the capital budget, by the end of the second quarter, Education had spent 29.9% of its budget of R1.14 billion while Health had spent 33% of R1.2 billion and Roads and Public Works 25% of R815.9 million.

Only Economic Development, Environ-mental Affairs and Tourism (49.7% of R11.1 million); Safety and Liaison (102% of R2.4 million) and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (50.7% of R30.5 million) were close to spending 50% of their capital budgets at the end of the second quarter.

Regarding conditional grants, the National Treasury figures show Education had spent R542.7 million or more than 50% of the nearly R1.1 billion it receives as four conditional grants, with R510.7 million spent of the R984.5 million it will receive for the National School Nutrition Programme.

Health had spent R866.1 million of the R2.1 billion it will receive as three grants, with spending slow on the Hospital Revitalisation Grant, and only R221.6 million spent of the total amount of just under R600 million.

Human Settlements had spent R1.1 billion or more than 50% of the Human Settlements Development Grant by the end of the second quarter. - metrominutes