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ANC at Bhisho welcomes Mabuyane's 2019 Eastern Cape Budget speech

Mar 6, 2019
ANC at Bhisho welcomes Mabuyane's 2019 Eastern Cape Budget speech

"As the Fifth Term of Government draws to a close, we are confident that the ANC has delivered on the mandate given to it by an overwhelming majority in 2014."

The Eastern Cape Legislature’s ANC Caucus on Wednesday said that it welcomes the 2019 Eastern Cape Provincial Budget as tabled by the MEC for Finance, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, on Tuesday at the Provincial Legislature in Bhisho.

"Despite the budget being tabled against the backdrop of a volatile economy, we positively note Statistics SA’s report that the South African economy grew by 1,4% in the fourth quarter of 2018, contributing to an overall growth rate of 0.8% for 2018," ANC Chief Whip in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Fundile Gade.

"This is despite the recorded technical recession in the early quarters of the year.

"This situation was however combatted by the positive growth in the third and the fourth quarters (2,6% and 1,4% respectively), which pushed the overall growth for the year into positive territory."

This is encouraging, and serves as confirmation that efforts ploughed by the ANC-led government are paying dividends.

ANC at Bhisho happy 2019 budget prioritised the Education, Health, Transport, Rural Development and Social Development

"We are convinced that this was indeed a people-centred budget, as it has prioritised the Education, Health, Transport, Rural Development and Social Development sectors whilst operating on a tangible plan to stimulate the economy to grow the Eastern Cape," Gade said.

"We agree that as we move towards a digital society, our economy needs people with the requisite skills to ensure its positive growth. In ensuring that our education system produces candidates who fare well in the ever-evolving world, we welcome Provincial Government’s commitment towards transforming the curriculum offered at our Institutions of Higher Learning."

He said that in establishing basic education as a crucial building block, "we are particularly pleased at the budget’s focus towards the support of teaching as the core function through filling of vacant teaching posts; the rollout of universal access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) schooling; the timeous delivery of the correct Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM); uninterrupted rollout of the School Nutrition Programme; and requisite training for educators and ECD Practitioners".

"In establishing Health as an apex priority, the commitment towards specialised healthcare services; support to the National Health Laboratory Services; strides towards ensuring that our healthcare facilities have ample medical supply stock; improvement of the emergency medical service response rate; and the concerted effort towards combatting Cancer as well as HIV and AIDS are highly appreciated interventions as they will go a long way towards alleviating the provincial health budget burden.

"We note, with great appreciation, the commitment towards infrastructure development. Given the ailing infrastructure within the province, coupled by the added pressure of the sheer number of citizens utilising the same infrastructure, we are of the opinion that the additional R1.362 Billion that is geared towards the eradication of infrastructure backlogs such as mud schools, water and sanitation services, will be highly appreciated by the Provincial Citizenry," Gade added.

"Our conviction that this is indeed a people’s budget is affirmed in the R1.48 Billion towards economic growth that prioritises job creation.

"In addition to the job opportunities created in the automotive and Special Economic Zone industries, we are happy with the efforts ploughed by the ANC-led government towards allocating R1.57 Million towards the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)across all Departments. This ensures that those contracted are remunerated whilst acquiring important practical experience and skills."

ANC at Bhisho welcomes establishment of Isiqalo Youth Fund for business start-ups

Gade said that the ANC has heard the outcry from SMMEs, who suffer ill-fate due to late payments for work done or completed – a situation which at times leads to the insolvency of those which are under dire financial straits.

"The public sector invoice tracking system is a highly appreciated and cutting edge development which we foresee alleviating such burdens from the same small businesses which we seek to support.

"The ANC maintains that the future of our country is in the hands of the youth as they are ripe and ready to take the baton of the revolution to the next phase," he added.

"In growing the economy of the province, we are particularly pleased with the commitment of R50 Million towards the establishment of the Isiqalo Youth Fund for business start-ups, as well as the commitment on the biasness of Goods and Services spending towards youth owned businesses.

"We agree with the MEC for Finance in that 'we must not be shy about celebrating our successes, as they far outweigh our challenges'.

"As the Fifth Term of Government draws to a close, we are confident that the ANC has delivered on the mandate given to it by an overwhelming majority in 2014.

"It is through this mandate that the ANC-led government sought to pursue the historic duty of correcting the injustices of the past repressive regime."

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