Residents have been given an open floor to share their views and ideas on how they want the Gauteng budget to be disseminated.
Ahead of the tabling of the provincial mid-term budget policy statement by finance MEC Barbara Creecy, she encourages Gauteng residents to share what they expect from their government and what the spending priorities in the province should be so that she can table her statement.
— Barbara Creecy (@BarbaraCreecyGP) November 3, 2017
This means residents can actually point out areas that need more attention in the province as well as how the Gauteng budget should be spent to make life better for all. So far, Gauteng residents are seizing the opportunity and a lot of ideas have been presented. Notably, most residents are most concerned about the rate of unemployment in the province. Thus, a lot of residents are suggesting that the budget is channelled towards creating more jobs.
Apart from the education sector, fighting crime is another area residents want more attention to be given to.
Meanwhile, it’s not too late to participate by clicking on this link to complete a quick survey where you can share your own ideas.
The whole idea is to avoid irregular expenditure as revealed in a series of written responses presented by the Gauteng department of roads and transport to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts Committee (Scopa) in the provincial legislature. The report shows that the department incurred over R2-billion in irregular expenditure in the 2016/17 financial year.
While there are various reasons for this, most of the irregularities were caused by the extension of bus subsidies which were over R2-billion. This is followed by the extension of security contracts at over R17-million, contracts worth up to R8.7-million given to companies and R12-million identified as irregular expenditure by the Auditor-General for the construction of intermodal transport facilities in Vereeniging.
With proper planning and execution, such unnecessary expenditure could be curbed.