Education Receives Largest Portion of KZN’s Budget

Written by on 9 March, 2021

By: Mfundo Mabaso

KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has allocated the Education department the largest portion of the province’s 2021/2022 budget.

This department received R53.2 billion followed by the Health department, being allocated RR48.4 billion.

Dube-Ncube has been virtually delivering her budget speech at the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday.

She says the Education department plans to empower 7 000 teachers and subject advisors with 21st century skills, through training on the Professional Development Framework for Digital Learning, Moodle Solution, ICT curriculum integration and End-user computing programmes.

“Coding and robotics will be piloted in 136 multi-grade, special and mainstream schools in six districts, namely Amajuba, uThukela, Pinetown, Zululand, uMkhanyakude and King Cetshwayo,” adds Dube-Ncube.

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As the second largest portion of the provincial budget goes to the Department of Health at 36.2%, Dube Ncube says the department will procure new equipment in the form of replacement vehicles.

This includes ambulances, as well as medical equipment, such as ventilators, anaesthetic machines, X-ray machines and CT scanners. The department has also budgeted to procure non-medical equipment such as trolleys and patient beds.

The Department of Human Settlements receives R3.6 billion.

“The Title Deeds Restoration programme will continue to focus on processing and unlocking planning challenges in pursuit of security of tenure for people in subsidised housing units where they currently do not hold the title deeds to those units,” explains Dube-Ncube.

The MEC further announces that Agriculture and Rural Development department receives R2.5 billion and this will be used to provide for improved household food security in the province, improved farmer development for increased agricultural production, sector growth and inclusive rural economy.

 

READ: Full KZN Budget Speech 2021

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