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Limpopo tightens its spending and tables a smaller budget

Cheering was the order of the day when Limpopo MEC for Treasury Charles Sekoati on Tuesday submitted the 2022-23 provincial annual budget of R74.230 billion to the Limpopo Provincial Legislature in Lebowakgomo.

The budget fell from R75,666 billion in 2021-22 to R74,230 billion in 2022-23. Education received the bulk of the budget at 49.1%, or R36.445 billion.

The allocation, according to Sekoati, included R882.4 million for presidential youth employment initiatives, R35.3 million for the Sanitary Dignity Project, R100 million for e-education, R200 million for storm-damaged schools, R320 million for additional compensation of teachers’ employees, R3.2 billion for contingent grants and R696.4 million in own revenues.

The allocation also included R316.8 million for early childhood development and R184.9 million for the early childhood development grant.

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The department that received the second highest share of the budget was health at 30.6%. The total allocation to the department was R22.726 billion in 2022-23, R22.647 billion in 2023-24 and R23.164 billion in 2024-25. The 2022-23 allocation included R115 million for medical graduate placement, R185 million for physician employment, R20 million for communication centers for emergency medical services, R5 million for parking construction (increase revenue).

“The allocation further includes R4.195 billion for contingent grants and R609.7 million from its own revenue.” Included in the equitable share allocation was a shielded allocation of R1 billion for the Covid response and vaccine roll-out,” the MEC said.

Agriculture and Rural Development was allocated R1.657 billion, the provincial treasury received R409.9 million and Economic Development, Environment and Tourism received R1.612 billion.

“Included in the allocation is R2.1 million for the conditional award of the expanded public works program and R749 million for transfers to public entities. The amount of the public entity transfer includes R275 million for Musina-Makhado and Fetakgomo-Tubatse Special Economic Zones, R54 million for Great North Transport turnaround and R21.8 million for tourism marketing.”

The Ministry of Transport and Community Safety was allocated €2.366 billion and public works, roads and infrastructure were awarded €3.471 billion.

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