Western Cape budget speech 2016
Western Cape Finance Minister, Ivan Meyer delivered the 2016 Provincial Budget Speech on 3 March 2016. In his speech he outlined the provincial government's priority spending plan for the next financial year.
Minister Ivan Meyer shares the Western Cape Government's plans to use the allocated budget to improve the lives of people living in the Western Cape, Better Together.
The budget allocates resources to high priority areas that support the Western Cape Government’s vision of an Open, Opportunity Society for All, and towards delivery on the 5 Provincial Strategic Goals (2014-2019). These include:
- Creating opportunities for growth and jobs.
- Improve education outcomes and opportunities for youth development.
- Increase wellness, safety and tackle social ills.
- Enable a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment.
- Embed good governance and integrated service delivery through partnerships and spatial alignment.
Achievements of the Western Cape Government in 2015
- The Western Cape Government is proud to have achieved the best audit outcome in South Africa for the financial year 2014/2015.
- 12 of the 13 Provincial Departments received clean audits.
- The Western Cape on Wellness, or better known as WoW! is a provincial government project promoting a healthy lifestyle by building a culture of wellness.
- The Western Cape has recorded the highest job gains in the country, according to the latest employment figures from Statistics SA. Job growth in the Western Cape was 9.7% compared with a national rate of 4.6% for the period under review.
What does the Western Cape Government want to achieve in 2016?
- Balancing public finances and maintaining fiscal stability.
- Prioritising social spending and economic development objectives.
- Partnering for development impact is a key response to budget constraints.
How much is the Western Cape Budget investing into key areas?
Education – R19 billion
Health – R19.9 billion
Community Safety - R292 million
Social Development – R1.9 billion
Transport and Public Works – R6.7 billion
Agriculture - R787.7 million
Economic Development and Tourism – R486.79 million
Local Government – R217.8 million
Cultural Affairs and Sport – R736 million
Environmental Affairs and Development Planning – R550.9 million
The provincial budget in a nutshell