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Limpopo gets billions more to spend

By Sapa | Mar 06, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 57 ]

Limpopo treasury MEC David Masondo today tabled the troubled province’s 2012/13 budget of R46.9 billion, under the watchful eye of the national intervention team. This is R5.9 billion more than the previous financial year

Masondo said the lion’s share of the money, R22.1 billion, would go to education.

“Through this allocation the department will implement the 12 policy priorities which include the funding of non-school-fee schools, teacher development, scholar transport and others, including food schemes,” he said.

The province’s departments of health, education, transport, public works and treasury were placed under central government administration last year after the province had a budget shortfall of R2 billion.

The provincial treasury was allocated R315 million to help local municipalities and departments achieve clean audits.

Masondo said the budget was the foundation for Limpopo’s return to sustainability.

“We have begun putting measures [in place] to ensure sound financial management practices so that our limited resources are well spent,” he said.

The intervention team’s head, Monde Tom, said the national government was working hard to restore the province’s financial system, saying progress had been made.

Monde said the team would be guided by Cabinet on when to pull out of the province.

Democratic Alliance provincial leader Jeffrey van der Walt said he was happy that 77% of the budget would be spent on the social services cluster — which included education, health, social development, sport, arts and culture.

“But the MEC was a bit nervous, though he at least admitted that the province is [in] financial trouble. I am disappointed he said nothing about the land issue, something that we should not keep on avoiding,” Van der Walt said.

Cope’s Solly Mkhatswa said Masondo had not spelt out clearly how the province would get out of its difficulties and start allocating more money to service delivery and job creation.

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The money will be well-spent, The tenders that were awarded to companies linked to Julius Malema have been frozen, and Cassel Mathale will be history very soon, and so will be Julius....

Lets hope they didnt leave their offsprings inside...

Mar 07, 2012 9:50 | 0 replies

Xovizwe

Of course we have differences, but I definatley agree with you. The aim is to
do better this time around. But the bigger the budget, Gauteng shouldn't be
in the current mess.

Mar 06, 2012 3:22 | 0 replies

Pray for our Province Limpopo. One word is fine christians please. With Mangaung coming be careful.

Mar 06, 2012 3:21 | 0 replies

Charley4sure
What 'better' you're talking about when you're first province to look for food aid in hospitals.

Of course there is corruption everywhere and looking at Gauteng their economy is three times bigger than Zimpopo so they may have bigger budget, bigger population and bigger corruption. But what happened in Zimpopo is unacceptable.

Mar 06, 2012 3:15 | 0 replies

Charley we will talk some other time at the moment my hands are tight but you should know better.

Mar 06, 2012 3:14 | 0 replies

Charley4sure - There was a protest 3 days ago, against the education department, in Waterberg.

13th of Feb was a protest outside the ANC offices of Mathale.

8th of Feb was a protest about the new furniture for the office of Mathale.

There was a violent protest in Nebo beginning of January.

10th of Feb was another service delivery protest in Lebowakgomo...

Mar 06, 2012 3:12 | 0 replies

@Xovizwe

You are either ignorant or stupid or rather u are Ignorant and stupido. Ofcourse
we heard minor problems with regards to the health system we are not
perfect but we did better than Gauteng when it comes to Health.

Mar 06, 2012 3:12 | 0 replies

Charley4sure

Don't lie wena when did parcel food project ended in Zimpopo hospitals, nxa! You even chased away Gift of the Givers saying they must get authority to feed hungry people first.

Even the bridge to Sekhukhu schools outside Malemas vil!age could not survive the first rain. You laszy goats!

Mar 06, 2012 3:6 | 0 replies

I need a tender as well ...Limps people hook me up with relevant folks

Mar 06, 2012 3:6 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity
U mean for the mining and Kruger National Park, not with Provincial Goverment of
the Greater Limpopo.

Mar 06, 2012 3:4 | 0 replies

1tsotsi - Its nice to dream.

Mar 06, 2012 2:58 | 0 replies