The new Western Cape MECs, who were appointed to their posts about two weeks ago, have officially taken their place in their new offices this week.

Premier Alan Winde recently made the new appointments following the resignation of Debbie Schafer as Education MEC, and the dismissal of Albert Fritz who served as MEC for Community Safety.

The new MEC for Education, David Maynier, says he will launch his Listening and Learning Program this week to liaise with role players across the province to see how education in the Western Cape can be further improved.

Maynier replaces Debbie Schafer and says good communication is the key to helping the province’s education sector grow even further.

The newly appointed provincial MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mirelle Wenger says she will make job creation in the Western Cape her top priority.

Wenger says she will follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, David Maynier.

She says Maynier left her with a strong foundation and clear strategy for her department.

Reagen Allen has been appointed as the new MEC for Police Oversight and Community Safety, Tertius Simmers as the MEC for Infrastructure, and Daylin Mitchell as the MEC for Mobility.

Watch Premier Alan Winde’s full announcement here.

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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.

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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Premier Alan Winde says the continuous improvement of broadband infrastructure holds a lot of positive benefits for Western Cape schools.

He says there are currently 1,190 sites across the Western Cape that offer users internet usage speeds of up to a minimum of 100MB per second.

Winde says the aim is to ramp up these internet speeds to at least 1 Gigabyte per second.

He says the province has now embarked on phase 2 of its broadband infrastructure roll-out.

Watch the Premier’s full State of the Province address here.

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