Gauteng provincial departments have for the first time spent 99% of their total adjusted infrastructure and conditional grants budgets for 201415 financial year, an indication that government continues to improve spending to meet the service delivery needs of the people, MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy announced this morning.
“We are very pleased that we have managed to spend 99% of our infrastructure budget in this period. In 201314 financial year we only managed to spend 91%. Infrastructure gives citizens services and provides jobs so it is very important that we have dramatically increased spending,” Creecy said during a presentation of the state of finances in the Gauteng Provincial Government at the finance committee of the provincial legislature.
The Department of Roads amp Transport recorded 100% of expenditure, Sports, Arts, Culture amp Recreation, Education, Human Settlement and Infrastructure Development recorded an expenditure that is above 90%.
“This money was used in the building and upgrading of schools, roads, clinics, hospitals, libraries, community care facilities and children’s homes. This is spending on a lot of social infrastructure and it means that we are expanding services to our citizens, while at the same time doing maintenance work as you know that many of our facilities are old,” she explained.
In 201213 infrastructure expenditure in the province was 96% of the budget. The figure went down in 201314 to 91% before significantly increasing to 99% in 201415 financial year.
201415 Adjusted BudgetEnd of Quarter 4 ExpenditureExp. Pre-Audited Outcome
Health1 747 3021 328 4661 340 340101%(11 914)
Education1 690 5851 819 8851 760 62997%59 256
Social Development170 341110 041114 736104%(4 695)
Human Settlement4 432 2534 578 9074 538 89899%40 009
Roads amp Transport1 982 2991 661 5841 661 584100%-
Agriculture and Rural Development19 45413 45410 81780%2 637
Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture237 000184 661167 68891%16 973
Infrastructure Development365 967237 261221 68693%15 575
Total 10 645 2019 934 2599 816 41899%117 841
Department 201415 Main
201415 Adjusted Budget End of Quarter 4 Expenditure Exp. Pre-Audited Outcome Health 1,747,302 1,328,466 1,340,340 101% (11,914) Education 1,690,585 1,819,885 1,760,629 97% 59,256 Social Development 170,341 110,041 114,736 104% (4,695) Human Settlement 4,432,253 4,578,907 4,538,898 99% 40,009 Roads amp Transport 1,982,299 1,661,584 1,661,584 100% – Agriculture and Rural Development 19,454 13,454 10,817 80% 2,637 Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture 237,000 184,661 167,688 91% 16,973 Infrastructure Development 365,967 237,261 221,686 93% 15,575 Total 10,645,201 9,934,259 9,816,418 99% 117,841 – See more at: http:www.treasury.gpg.gov.zaagesGauteng-spends-nearly-100-percent-o…
Expenditure on Conditional Grant totalled R16.9 billion or 99% of the budget in the year under review. This is a significant improvement over the past three years because in 201213 total expenditure on Conditional Grants was 94% of the budget, before increasing to 97% in 201314 and eventually reaching 99% in 201415 Agriculture and Rural Development was one of the best performing departments in the previous year with spending rates of 99% of the allocated budget.
Conditional grants are funds transferred from the national treasury for specific functions and may not be spent on anything else. These functions include school nutrition, Extended Public Works Programmes, provincial roads maintenance, poverty relief through agricultural projects, HIVAids life skills, and technical schools recapitalisation.
GPG overall expenditure
GPG departments spent 87.2-billion or 98% of the total 201415 provincial budget. This was an improvement on the previous year and demonstrated that government is making substantial investment in public programmes including the provision of quality of public education and healthcare services have to ensure the social net benefit for the people.
The Department of Health, Department of Education and the Department of Social Development were the main drivers of expenditure for the provincial government, recording expenditure rates of 98%, 99% and 99% respectively.
“To prevent incidences of under expenditure, it is important for departments to institutionalise (at strategic and operational levels) the continuous implementation of cost-cutting and cost-containment measures in light of the prevailing regional economic conditions,” MEC said.
Total expenditure on compensation of employees remained within the budget, but more work needs to be done to manage personnel numbers especially in labour intensive departments.
“That is why we are constantly expanding the control environment in the departments. One of the important things that we are now saying is that the head of every section in each department has to sign off on the payroll every month. If you are a director you have to say on a monthly basis that these people work for me and it’s alright to pay them. These are the measures that we are implementing to ensure that human resourcescapital management continues to receive prominent attention within departments, from planning, budgeting to implementation,” she added.
Government also managed to increase revenue collected from provincial sources including interest earned from investments, motor vehicle licenses, gambling, betting taxes and hospital patient fees by R700 million to R4.3 billion in the year under review. This was a 16% jump from the previous year.
“The improvement in the collection rate of departments was due to innovations we continue to make in order to enhance revenue in our province. This is particularly the case when you look in the area of transport where we have made it easier for our people to pay their motor vehicle licenses through the South African Post Office,” Creecy said.
Source : South African Government