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ADM EXECUTIVE MAYOR WELCOMES R6 BILLION DROUGHT RELIEF INTERVENTION BY THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
ADM HEADQUARTERS, 22 FEBRUARY 2018,
In reaction to the allocation of R6 billion provisional drought relief funding aimed at addressing resistant drought in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces, ADM Executive Mayor Cllr. Nomfusi Winnie Nxawe has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Finance Honourable Malusi Gigaba. The announcement was made in Minister Gigaba’s Budget Speech delivered in Parliament on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.
“On behalf of the people of the Amathole District Municipality, I wish to welcome with a great deal of relief, the allocation of R6 billion drought funding. This will go a long way in assisting the municipality in dealing with the adversity of drought in the district. It is our hope that the funding will be immediately available to our coffers as we are sometimes delayed by our own bureaucratic systems in effective dealing with disaster related interventions,” said ADM Executive Mayor, Her Worship Nomfusi Winnie Nxawe.
During his Budget Speech, Minister Gigaba announced that: “A provisional allocation of R6 billion has been set aside in 2018/19 for several purposes including drought relief and to augment public infrastructure investment.” He also announced an additional allocation of R473 million for disaster relief grants for provinces and municipalities.
ADM Executive Mayor has further commended the National Treasury for its inclusive budget speech that has prioritised the following sectors:
R792 on basic education for the medium term;
An additional R57 billion for higher education over a medium term, adding that “returning students at university will have their loans for 2018 onwards converted to a bursary”;
R31.7 billion for Educational Infrastructure Grant;
R240 billion for National Health Insurance (NHI) by 2021;
R581.7 million for the black producer commercialisation; and
Relaxation of public procurement policies and regulations to support black economic empowerment, industrialisation and development of small businesses.
In the amendments of the Preferential Procurement Regulations which became effective in April 2017, Minister Gigaba said that “key changes include targeted procurement from designated groups, including township and rural enterprises, black owned and youth enterprises, cooperatives and people with disabilities….compulsory sub-contracting to designated groups in all projects or contracts above R30 million.”
“We further wish to commend and thank Premier Phumulo Masualle for heeding our cry for financial assistance, by escalating our plight to the national government. All of these interventions, are indicative of caring government and our resolve to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” concluded Nxawe.
Issued by ADM Communications and Customer Care Unit
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