The Department of Police, Roads and Transport’s MEC, Hon. Sam Mashinini, tabled the Budget Vote 2018/19 on 24 April 2018 in the Free State Legislature.
Addressing a large crowd at the Manthatisi High School inTsheseng, QwaQwa, he outlined the plans of the Department for the financial year. He stressed that the responsibility of contributing towards infrastructure development through roads construction and the coordination of safety and security matters, demonstrates the enormous task that is bestowed upon the Department.
He also said that the success in reversing the historic socio-economic ills and imbalances are dependent on a stable and peaceful environment and that socio-economic development, safety and security matters are intertwined.
During the 2018/19 financial year, infrastructure projects both conventional and EPWP, will be implemented in various towns across the Free State, to contribute towards township revitalization. It is anticipated that these would bring about skills development to local SMMEs and local communities, better road infrastructure and increased access to basic services. These initiatives are expected to create more than 4500 job opportunities throughout the Province.
THE BUDGET ALLOCATION:
The total fiscal envelope of the Department for 2018/19 Financial Year is R2.777 billion which is an increase of 2.8% compared to 2017/18.
The Equitable Share allocation, including own revenue, is R683 million.
The Learner Transport function has been allocated R50 million for next year and over the MTEF period. The Infrastructure Enhancement Allocation decreased to R396 million.
The Provincial Road Maintenance Grant increased by 2.0% amounting to R1.300 billion. The Conditional Grant will be utilised to improve the road conditions in the Free State Province.
The Public Transport Operations Grant has increased by 3.2% to R264 million. The revenue target for the 2018/19 financial year was increased from R745 million to R770 million. So far R717 million for the current financial year revenue collection constitutes of 96% the target has been achieved.
For the 2018/19 financial year, a total of R123 million is set aside for investment in emerging contractors as part of the Contractor Development Programme divided as follows: R90 million for contractor development and R33 million for grass-cutting along our roads.
To read the complete Budget Vote, go to the website http://www.policeroadstransport.fs.gov.za/
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