The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, welcomes the adjustments made to the Department of Community Safety’s budget for the 2020/21 financial year which will better enable the Department to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The budget was tabled today during the Standing Committee for Community Safety, where it was considered and debated by the standing committee members.
Minister Fritz said, “As with all other departments, my Department has had to execute its mandate while facing unprecedented constraints due to the lockdown. With it has brought mass socio-economic distress and unrest. In response to this, the Department has acted and thought innovatively about the issues faced.”
During the lockdown and Covid-19 pandemic, the Department has pioneered the following programs:
Minister Fritz said, “Clearly, the physical safety and wellbeing of our residents has been the top priority of this Department during the pandemic. After careful consideration of this Department’s needs and that of the Western Cape Government’s response to the pandemic, a net amount of R27.967 million has been surrendered by the Department towards efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Minister Fritz added, “This amount comprises of R36.267 million which will be surrendered through the baseline reduction to assist the Western Cape Government in its Covid-19 response. Consequently, the Department will receive R8.3 million from Provincial Treasury for COVID-19 related expenditure.”
Minister Fritz continued, “Of this amount, R6.8 million will be allocated to NHWs and R1.5 million towards the operational costs of the Department including PPE procurement. Ultimately, NHWs have been empowered through this budget to play a leading role in the Department’s response to Covid-19.”
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