In an effort to ramp up its inspections, the Department of Employment and Labour’s inspectors will visit 839,000 workplaces over the next five years.

Minister Thulas Nxesi, delivering his department’s 2022/2023 budget this week, said these inspections play an important role in promoting a culture of equality and fair treatment in workplaces.

The Minister says enhancing social security for South African employees is one of his biggest priorities.

Read more on this initiative here.

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In presenting the budget, City of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis announced increases to various municipal tariffs. The City of Cape Town’s service increases are also part of the budget.

  • Rates increase by 5.2%,
  • Refuse tariffs will increase by 5%
  • Water and sanitation tariffs will increase by 5%, (1.5%  to expand access to water to residents in informal settlements)
  • Electricity tariffs will increase by 9.5%

Hill Lewis says: “Because of Eskom’s 9,61% increase, we are bound to a 9,5% increase in electricity tariffs this year — our only tariff increase that is substantially above inflation. An increase over 9% is painful, Speaker, and one that every metro in the country that has tabled its budget so far has had to make.”
He adds: “Eskom’s unacceptably high increases in electricity prices are one of the two main reasons why we are so aggressively pursuing our independent power procurement programme.”

The mayor says the municipality must do everything they can to keep the lights on and be flexible with its budget: “This will allow us to purchase electricity at a far lower rate than that offered by Eskom, and pass this saving on to our customers. We are making substantial investments to do more for energy security in Cape Town. We are busy creating the country’s most reliable and most affordable electricity supply.”

He adds: “R3,8 billion is set aside for capital expenditure in energy over the medium term. We are also spending R48 million in our initial push to end load shedding. And R45 million over the next three years to enable and incentivise residents to self-generate and sell their excess energy to the City.”

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says: “This is a caring budget that does more to support those without the opportunities to help themselves.”

“Our social package amounts to R3.75 billion, which includes R1.4 billion in rates rebates and R2,3 billion for indigent relief. This will ensure that Cape Town continues to have the broadest free basic services reach of all the metros, with 40% of households receiving free basic water and sanitation, and 27% benefitting from free electricity on the lifeline tariff,” says Hill-Lewis.

  • R424 million is set aside for investment promotion
  • R181 million is budgeted for direct economic incentives to attract jobs and investors to Cape Town.
  • R53 million is budgeted for upgrades to informal trading infrastructure and to improve the efficiency of permitting systems.
  • R55 million is allocated to our Jobs Connect and Cape Employment Accelerator programmes

 

Premier Alan Winde says a lot of investment will be poured into the province’s internet and IT infrastructure in this financial year to give more Western Cape residents access to technology and online services.

Winde delivered his Department’s 2022/2023 budget in the Provincial Parliament yesterday and said millions of residents access online services and facilities on a daily basis for their educational and other needs.

He says the fact that millions of people worked from home during the Covid-19 lockdown shows the importance of having a stable and capable internet infrastructure.

Read his full address here.

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Premier Alan Winde says more than R40 million has been set aside to fight cybercrime in the Western Cape.

He delivered his office’s yearly budget to the Provincial Parliament earlier today and said the funds had been allocated in his office’s 2022/2023 budget to fight this type of crime.

In total, his office’s budget for the financial year stands at just more than R1,8 billion.

Read his full budget speech here.

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