Youth and rural development key in KZN 2018-19 budget
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
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