The African National Congress looks forward to the tabling of the Budget Policy Statements by various departments today, 15 July 2014. These Budget Votes flow from the State of the Nation Address presented by the President at the commencement of the fifth administration and are intended to provide practical and tangible detail on how government intends to fulfil the commitments contained in the 2014 General Elections Manifesto of the ANC as consolidated and articulated by the both ANC and Cabinet Lekgotla. It is our belief that the Budget Votes will show clear alignment and congruence between the commitments the organisation made during the elections and allocation of resources.
Key outcomes that the African National Congress would wish to see from the Budget Votes include greater focus on practical programmes and commitments to drive the four catalyst sectors that we have identified as being enablers of this radical phase of our transition. These sectors are energy infrastructure, transport infrastructure, information and communication technologies as well as water and sanitation.The ANC is confident therefore that the statements to be presented will speak to decisive interventions to grow our economy, restore dignity to every man, woman and child and improve the lives of our people.
During the elections campaign, our people consistently called for decent water and sanitation, amongst other basic services. We believe that the Department of Water and Sanitation, which delivers its maiden budget vote speech today, has a critical role to play towards the attainment of this vision particularly by ensuring that we accelerate the provision of decent social infrastructure in line with the resolutions of the 53rd National Conference of the ANC which called for the urgent eradication of the bucket system and more equitable distribution of water. It is our expectation that the work of the Department will also bring us a step closer to the abolishment of water trading and the provision of quality, clean water to every household.
While the ANC government has massively expanded access to basic services, backlogs remain and service quality is uneven. We have no doubt that the strategic focus of the Budget Votes will reflect this urgency, commit to improve the quality and consistency of service and resource it appropriately to ensure alignment between our commitments and government’s budget priorities.
African National Congress
Source : African National Congress