Major losses might be a reality for the Western Cape if residents don’t complete Census 2022.

Statistics South Africa extended the deadline for the Census in the Western Cape due to the slow uptake from residents.

Premier Alan Winde says R9.7 billion could be cut from the Western Cape budget if residents don’t come forward and complete the Census. He added that the province could lose funding equivalent to 1615 doctors or 5981 nurses, and 9300 teachers if only 70% of residents get counted.

Winde says: “In money terms, we stand to lose R9.7 billion, or over 16% of our provincial equitable share, if only 70% of residents get counted. This would shave R2.6 billion in funding off our health budget and R4.2 billion off our education budget, with smaller departments also suffering losses. In short, service delivery in the Western Cape will suffer a major blow across the board if residents do not make sure they are counted.”

The data from the census is used by the government and particularly National Treasury to allocate state resources to departments, municipalities and provincial governments.

Winde says: “While we have seen increases in the number of persons counted, the numbers remain too low. To put it simply, if we only manage to count 70% of the population, the available spending per person would be reduced by more than R1 300 per person per annum in the provincial equitable share.”

The Census in the Western Cape has been extended to 14 May 2022.

You can complete the Census questionnaire online: HERE.  For queries, you can contact the Census call centre at 0800 110 248 or email: census2022@statssa.gov.za.

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

 

MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier has outlined the Western’s Cape Budget for 2022/2023

Maynier says that over the medium term, the provincial government has a budget of just over R229 billion. He says the province is “now in a position to allocate an additional R10.1 billion over the medium term in the Western Cape and this includes:

• allocating an additional R6.2 billion over the medium term to education;

• allocating an additional R2.4 billion over the medium term to healthcare;

• allocating an additional R136 million over the medium term to social development; and

• allocating an additional R2.6 billion over the medium term to infrastructure in the Western Cape.

The Covid-19 pandemic remains a reality and Maynier said the provincial government must make allowances for a Fifth Wave of infections. He added they also need to make budgetary decisions today for any future health needs:

• allocated R777 million for the health platform, which will be spent on the fight against Covid-19

• allocated R198 million for the rollout of vaccinations, which will be spent on rolling out of vaccinations

• allocated R17 million for communication, which will be spent on our efforts to improve vaccine uptake

• allocated R200 million to a contingency reserve, which will ensure that we remain flexible in our fight against Covid-19 in the Western Cape

Allocating a budget for safety and security was also key and Maynier said the province would:

• spend R1.1 billion over the medium term to support more than 1000 law enforcement officers to fight crime, especially violent crime, in crime hotspots;

• spend R43 million over the medium term to support violence prevention and the fight against the causes of crime; and

• spend R18 million over the medium term to support area-based teams to fight crime, and the causes of crime, in crime hotspots across the Western Cape.

 

Taxpayers are set to fork around R4-million for this year’s State of the Nation Address proceedings.
This year’s SONA will, like in 2020, be hosted in a hybrid fashion.
Some delegates will attend the event in person at the Cape Town City Hall, while others will attend the event virtually.
The acting secretary of Parliament, Baby Tyawa says extra expenses have to be budgeted for, this year, after the fire at Parliament in January.

The amount includes the cost of proceedings for the post-SONA debates and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reply.

Tyawa says the 2020 SONA cost taxpayers around R208,000.

Access the full Parliamentary briefing here.

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