Budget 2011

Leadership and Innovation Network for Collaboration in the Children’s Sector Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

Minister Pravin Gordon’s budget speech has been largely regarded as cautious and wise with some concerns or rather, some stronger emotions, being expressed from COSATU regarding the youth employment subsidy and some members of the public regarding the new withholding tax on gambling gains.

But what about our children?

Endangered Wildlife Trust Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

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

Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

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”.

Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

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.

Eastern Cape NGO Coalition Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

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.
 

Helen Suzman Foundation Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

Minister Gordhan’s second Budget confirms his status as a pragmatic realist. The Budget contains no major shocks, but there are some surprises. It is a prudent budget insofar as there is full recognition that the effects of the Great Recession are still with us. There is also a recognition that the global economy is changing and that South Africa needs to align its national interests to these changes.

South African Institute of Race Relations Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2011 Budget shows why South Africa is rated as the most transparent government in accounting for its expenditure, as the document openly addresses pressing issues facing South Africa. The three biggest areas of spending are education, social protection and health. A notable inclusion is funding for the environment.

Govt to Increase AIDS Grant to Provinces

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says the dedicated HIV/AIDS allocation to provinces will increase over the next three years.

Gordhan announced that spending on their HIV/AIDS conditional grant will rise from R6 billion this year, to R10.6 billion in 2013/14.

He said total annual spending on HIV/AIDS, including hospital treatment, is about R20 billion, adding that the conditional grant includes R60 million for the circumcision programme.

Rural Education Access Programme Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

REAP welcomes the overarching priority the 2011 budget gives to development rather than welfare expenditure. This is a far more sustainable approach and evidenced by significantly increased expenditure on education and job creation schemes. We also endorse the strong emphasis on rural development.

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