Five government departments granted roll-overs

MEC of Finance Elzabé Rockman

Five Free State government departments have been granted money to continue with existing projects. During the mid-term budget speech MEC of Finance Elzabé Rockman announced that about R180 million will be given out for this purpose.
“National Treasury approved conditional grant roll-overs to the amount of R182.10 million. This is inclusive of the R14.237 million which was initially allocated as operational funds for the Substance Abuse Centre, a project of the Department of Social Development,” said Rockman.
Two of the biggest departments in the province, namely the departments of Health and Education were approved amounts of R25.057 million and R23.031 million, respectively.
According to Rockman the amounts would go towards a Health Facility Revitalisation project as well as the National School Nutrition programme; along with grants related to the subjects of maths, science and technology.
The DA’s David van Vuuren said that during roll-overs some promises made by departments tend to be left behind.
“National and provincial roll-overs are a concern for us. If there is a roll-over then some of the commitments and promises made by the province will not be fulfilled. Since it did not happen this year, it gets rolled over to the next year, and the people on the ground do not get those promised services,” said Van Vuuren.
Another two departments were granted amounts of about R80 million combined. “The Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation is allocated R 73.388 million for the construction of the National Training Centre and Community Library Services,” said Rockman.
“The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will receive R10.356 million which mainly relates to the Comprehensive Agriculture Support Programme and Ilima/Letsema Projects,” she added. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele