Gauteng budget speech:Health receives the biggest share

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In her budget speech today, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy shared most of Gauteng’s total budget of R132 billion between health, education, social and economic development.

Health has once again received the biggest share of the budget with just over R50 billion allocated. The MEC said government has placed a big focus on the Health Department.

“The other key thing that we are tackling in the Department of Health is the question of goods and services, we have given R17 billion there and from the time I became MEC, we have doubled that budget of goods and service.”

In considering the number of undocumented foreign nationals living in the province, Creecy said her department works with Stats SA when it comes to population consideration.

Agriculture, infrastructure, crime, corruption and state capture have also been allocated millions of rands this year.

The MEC said the provincial government had invested in building schools, clinics, hospitals, libraries, roads, public transport, broadband and industrial parks.

Creecy said this investment had massive social and economic benefits for the people and the economy of Gauteng.

She also added that the province had in the past five years attracted  R199 billion in foreign direct investment and created 469 000 jobs.