From the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) perspective, the good news coming from the National Budget Speech is that there will be increased spending of about R800 million on the environment in areas of, for example, development of the green economy, wildlife trafficking and trade, air quality and water management and of course the coast line, which is in dire need of increased financial support. Wildlife trade urgently needs additional resources at all levels from anti-poaching and on-the-ground field staff/rangers, to many more investigators and Environmental Management Inspectors, and m
Finance Minister, Mr Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech provided no indication of increased support for migration issues in South Africa.
Of the R33 billion reserves that were created, the Department of Defence was assigned extra funds of R1.3 billion in 2011/12, rising to R2 billion in 2013/14. These funds are to be used for “safeguarding the country’s borders”, and to “upgrade and maintain border facilities and equipment”.
The Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET), an independent ecumenical organisation that works for socio-economic justice, welcomes Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2011 Budget Speech. ESSET has evaluated the Budget Speech based on Christian life-giving and liberating ethical principles of the equitable sharing of resources for all and preferential option for the poor.
The Eastern Cape NGO Coalition welcomes the strong focus in this year’s budget on building the economy through investing in young people. Focusing on youth is a forward looking approach to developing this country’s future for all its people. Young people are the cornerstone of building a sustainable country as we continue to grow our democracy.