Youth and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment key in KZN 2018-19 bud­get

Zululand Observer - Monday - - BUSINESS - Tam­lyn Jolly

KZN Premier Wil­lies Mchunu on Thurs­day pre­sented the bud­get for adop­tion by the Pro­vin­cial Leg­is­la­ture.

Di­vided into three pro­grammes to in­clude ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port, in­sti­tu­tional de­vel­op­ment, and pol­icy and gov­er­nance, a to­tal of R787 137-mil­lion has been set aside by the Of­fice of the Premier.

Pro­gramme one, Ad­min­is­tra­tion, has been al­lo­cated R102 326-mil­lion for ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port to the Premier, the Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil and the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral in ful­fill­ing their func­tions, as well as pro­mot­ing co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and en­sur­ing sound fi­nan­cial man­age­ment within the Of­fice of the Premier and across all pro­vin­cial de­part­ments.

‘Work­ing to­gether with Trea­sury and other de­part­ments and en­ti­ties, we will en­sure we ad­here to the 30-day pay­ment re­quire­ment and im­prove au­dit out­comes,’ said Mchunu.

Pro­gramme two, In­sti­tu­tional De­vel­op­ment, has been al­lo­cated

R410 377-mil­lion.

The pur­pose of this pro­gramme is to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery through in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity-build­ing, pro­mot­ing in­tegrity and trans­for­ma­tion man­age­ment, both within the Of­fice of the Premier and across all pro­vin­cial de­part­ments.

‘In the year ahead we will fo­cus on ex­pand­ing our train­ing pro­gramme for pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers and im­ple­ment a form of shared ser­vices be­tween de­part­ments.

‘This will help en­sure that we re­solve labour re­la­tions mat­ters within the pre­scribed norms and time frames.’

Mchunu said the prov­ince would soon be an­nounc­ing the KZN Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund, and plans will be made to al­lo­cate R50-mil­lion to this fund.

‘This fund will pro­vide seed fund­ing for qual­i­fy­ing youth busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and will be able to ac­cept pri­vate sec­tor cor­po­rate so­cial in­vest­ment con­tri­bu­tions.’

R274 434-mil­lion has been al­lo­cated to pro­gramme three - Pol­icy and Gov­er­nance.

This pro­gramme will ini­ti­ate and im­ple­ment strate­gies and poli­cies to achieve a co­or­di­nated ap­proach to­wards sus­tain­able pro­vin­cial growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Work­ing with the Pro­vin­cial Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, the Of­fice of the Premier co-or­di­nates the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan through the Pro­vin­cial Growth and De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy.

KZN’s Vi­sion 2035 is, ‘To be a pros­per­ous prov­ince with a healthy, se­cure and skilled pop­u­la­tion, liv­ing in dig­nity and har­mony, act­ing as a gate­way to Africa and the World’.

The Poverty Erad­i­ca­tion Master­plan falls within this pro­gramme and is an ac­tion plan tar­get­ing the poor­est house­holds in KZN.

‘These are the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who re­quire spe­cific in­ter­ven­tions, from so­cial re­lief, so­cial grants, skills de­vel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment cre­ation, small busi­ness and agri­cul­tural sup­port.’

KZN Premier Wil­lies Mchunu of cially tabled the KZN bud­get for vot­ing

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