Lion share of KZN budget going to education

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KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has announced an allocation of
R780 million to rebuild roads and bridges that were damaged by heavy rains last year.

She was tabling the province’s 2022-2023 budget in Pietermaritzburg.

The provincial education department continues to receive the lion’s share of the budget at R57 billion, followed by the provincial health department at R49 billion.

Dube-Ncube says, “It should be noted that this grant includes an additional allocation of R490 million and R293.5 million in the first two years of the MTEF and this relates to storm and flood damage in 2019 and 2020 and this allocation is for the repair of roads damaged during these storms.

With the R57 billion budget, the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department says it plans to among other priorities re-build the over 180 schools damaged by storms last year.

Dube-Ncube also announced that several new schools will be built.

In 2022/23, the department will continue to construct new schools. New schools to be constructed are the iNkosi Mkhuphukeli High School and Sahlumbe High School in the uThukela District, Thembalethu Secondary School and Mthwane Secondary School in the Harry Gwala District, Cliffdale Secondary School in the Pinetown District, as well as Thembalihle School in the Amajuba District.