Infrastructure development is the foundation for poverty reduction and economic growth in developing countries. The long-term success and participation in the global market by KwaZulu-Natal, as a Province with a vision to be one of the primary gateways into Africa, will be in its ability to maintain and improve its transport and logistics infrastructure.
The Province has adopted a target of increasing investment in capital infrastructure from the current 16.5% of GDP to 25% by 2020. The development of an Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan for the Province is well underway and is being developed with all the infrastructure related authorities. The key infrastructure areas to be focused on are the harbours, airports, road, rail, water, sanitation, electricity. ICT, school and health facilities, human settlements, as well as specialist infrastructure to support lead economic sectors in the Province.
These developments all form part of the National Infrastructure Plan, implemented through the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) and the 18 Strategic Integrated Projects, referred to as SIPs which it presides over. As a Province we are participating in 15 of these SIPs which of direct significance to us in KwaZulu-Natal.
With the revamping and extension of the Port of Durban already well underway at an estimated cost of more than R 22 billion, and the new Dugout Port in an advanced stage of detailed planning, as well as further expansions planned for the Port of Richards Bay, we are set to see many more cranes on the KwaZulu-Natal skyline.
Roads and Rail
The road and rail networks carry the life blood of our economy in the form of cargo and passengers. Improving and expanding the cargo handling capacity of the Durban and Richard Bay ports immediately implies that adequate and appropriate rail and road network capacity is provided to improve linkages with other parts of the country, as well as with bordering countries.
Currently an improvement in the quality of our provincial roads has been reported with less than 43% of roads categorised as poor, compared to 52% in 2010. A similar trend is experienced with the national roads where less than 2% are now classified as poor, compared to 15% in 2010. An over-burdened road network and under-utilised rail network are however factors contributing to infrastructural deficiencies in the province. Because of the acknowledged lack of investment in public infrastructure spanning some years, freight is more effectively moved by road, which overburdens the road network. It is for this reason that the primary focus over the next five years will be on:
Working with Transnet to ensure the expansion of and maintenance of the core rail freight network, as well as on exploring opportunities for the manufacturing and servicing of the required rolling stock within the Province
Ensuring that the branch rail lines are revitalised to prevent further movement of goods from rail to road
Creating additional capacity along primary movement corridors in the Province
Maintaining secondary road networks
Extending rural road access in support of rural development initiatives Working with PRASA to improve passenger rail services and to explore the possibility of establishing high speed rail connections in the Province; and developing integrated public transport services.
The airports of KwaZulu-Natal offer greater potential to increase connectivity both at domestic and international level. It is for this reason that a Regional Airport Strategy has been developed, to ensure that the airport infrastructure present is optimised to its full potential to support economic growth initiatives.
The Provincial Executive Council has now also adopted the KwaZulu-Natal Integrated Aerotropolis Strategy, anchored around the King Shaka International Airport and the Dube TradePort. As such a clear framework has been established for growing air services and connectivity, integrated and coordinated spatial planning, as well as equitable and inclusive growth.
The airlift strategy is now being finalised and the Province is targeting to further secure its existing long haul route to Dubai, as well as four regional routes to Mauritius, Maputo, Harare, Lusaka and eight domestic routes to all the main centres of South Africa. Targets are to increase the volume of passengers through KwaZulu-Natal airports from the current 5.2 million rising to 8 million in 2020, and to increase the international tonnage throughput from Dube TradePort cargo terminal from 6500 tonnes to 8000.
Recent droughts have increased the risk of severe water shortages for human, commercial and agricultural use. The Province has experienced a situation where, largely as a result of a shortage of raw water and bulk services, it has not been able to maintain the level of household and commercial water connections. This situation is being addressed in a number of ways. But most importantly by investigating options of desalination as well as augmenting storage capacity through the following measures:
The Spring Grove Dam, was and completed in 2014. This will provide an additional system yield of 60 million cubic meters per annum into the Umgeni River System;
The raising of the Hazelmere Dam which has unfortunately had some setbacks, but is now scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. This will provide additional 20 cubic meters of water per annum into uMdloti River system;
Phase 1 of the Smithfield Dam on the uMkhomazi
River, is undergoing a detailed feasibility study. This is obviously a longer term solution which will yield 250 cubic meters of water per annum at a projected cost of R14 billion;
The Lower uThukela Regional Bulk Scheme. This will provide additional 40 million cubic meters per annum. Phase 1 of this project is scheduled for completion later this year.
However, we must all realise that water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource and just like in the case of electricity, we will have to learn to reduce our consumption and avoid wastage.
Economic benefits and wealth creation must be aimed at improving the lives of all people in KwaZulu-Natal. Based on a deep understanding of the fact that the eradication of poverty and inequality is not just a social matter, but a matter that requires a comprehensive and holistic approach from all sectors, the KZN Poverty Eradication Strategy process was initiated in 2014. The masterplan comprises five key strategies or game changers, namely:
1. Social security and housing, where the focus is on improving child health outcomes, improving access to quality education, uplifting living standards, food and nutrition security, social security, as well as community mobilation and development.
2. Agriculture development, by adopting, adapting and fast-tracking the Fetsa-Tlala approach to ensure household food security, linking mechanisation to entrepreneurship, commercialisation of livestock on communal land; revitalisation of land reform farms; promotion of agriculture co-operatives and agribusiness youth empowerment.
3. Enterprise development through opportunities presented in waste management, construction, processing plants, rural renewable energy, mining and business support.
4. Employment creation with specific emphasis on rural infrastructure development, revamped expanded public works programme, rural tourism and communal milling stations.
5. Skills development, in particular to address issues of early childhood development, primary and secondary schools education improvement, skills alignment to economic growth, artisan development, and youth skills development and lifelong learning.
Primary Health Care
Enhancing healthy communities and citizens in KZN is largely dependent on a comprehensive primary health care programme, as well as on the provision of adequate sanitation, water and other infrastructure without which community health will be compromised regardless of the level of health services provided. The focus over the next five years will be strongly on the reduction of maternal, neonatal and child mortalities by accelerating:
Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV by reducing vertical transmission
Reducing maternal mortality in facilities to 133 per 100 000 live births by accelerated implementation of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA)
Child survival strategies and the implementation of Phila Mntwana at community level to expand the reach for children under 5 years
Initiation of TB screening and initiation of treatment in children under 5 years
The Province aims to reduce the number new HIV infections by 50% by 2016 and reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS by expanding access to an appropriate package of treatment care and support to 80% of all people diagnosed with HIV.
The 2014/15 financial year has seen a number of new success stories relating to the commitment made by government to deliver sustainable human settlements for different segments of the South African population. We have seen:
A decrease in the housing backlog from 17.9% in 2010 to now a 13% backlog, with just under 100 000 having been built over this period
22 316 housing units have been completed and 2998 sites have been serviced in the last year, of which 12 923 units were delivered in rural areas in the last year
The completion and hand over of 7,420 units in the last year as part of the programme aimed at eradicating slums and upgrading informal settlements
The Vulindlela Peoples Housing Process wherein the community is involved in building their own homes has built 2,349 houses to date this year
Great strides being made in the further development of the Cornubia project.
The focus is specifically on improving the quality of and access to social welfare services to protect the rights of the vulnerable sector of society, namely children, youth, women, older persons, people with disabilities, people affected by HIV and AIDS and families, especially in under serviced areas.
Early Childhood Development
Coordination and integration of Early Childhood Development services remain paramount. In expanding access to ECD services, 146 ECD centres and 52 programmes have been registered in terms of the Children's Act. Two new noncentre based programmes also received financial support and ECD Stimulation Toy Tubs were distributed in the Ugu, UMkhanyakude, UMzinyathi, Zululand and iLembe districts.
KZN Disability Strategy
The KZN Disability Strategy was reviewed last year, in collaboration with the disability sector, to ensure that the province is responding to the needs of this sector of society. As part of expanding services to persons with disabilities, the roll-out of a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme was piloted in three districts, namely Umzinyathi, uThukela and Amajuba. Awareness programmes on children and youth with Dyslexia and Autism and persons with Albinism were conducted in eThekwini Metro to inform people about such disabilities.
The Youth Development Chief Directorate was created to provide greater focus on and support for youth development issues in KwaZulu-Natal. A new Youth Development Strategy was adopted at a Youth Development Summit hosted in August 2014.
A KZN Bursary Holder Alumni Association has been established to acknowledge graduate bursary holders, as well as to register, track and trace graduates.
Good progress has been made with the soliciting of private business, state owned companies, and other potential funding sources to form partnerships and/or collaborations with the KZN Government in funding youth skills development programmes.
Project Sukuma is a partnership initiative between the KZN Department of Health, the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS), the KZN Department of Education and the Office of the Premier to train youth to serve in the Emergency Medical Service including Maritime Medical and Diving Rescue Service in the Province. The province has also entered into MOU with the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) to facilitate training opportunities for youth in the construction and infrastructure development process.
The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Leadership Development Foundation Bill will seek to establish an appropriate mechanism to secure additional funding for youth development and empowerment, as well as for the development of youth leadership via maximum skills and academic achievements across various skills of study. Operation Sukuma Sakhe Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) is starting to render results through the OSS War Rooms.
The OSS system currently provides us with structures and mechanisms to promote coordination and integration of effort from all spheres of government, with structures of non-governmental institutions at provincial, district, local and ward levels. These War Rooms have become the centres from where urgent requests for assistance, the dissemination of important information and delivery for key services to communities can be addressed.The centrepiece of every War Room is fight HIV and AIDS related programmes.
As part of his State of the Province address this year, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu highlighted some of the progress made in implementing the PGDP, since last year's address, which took place in June.
"This State of the Province address is a special one as it marks the end of the first five-year cycle in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and our own Provincial Growth and Development Plan (PGDP)," he said. "The significance of this is that we have now moved into the first year of the second five-year term of the NDP and the PGDP, and have now shifted our focus to the 2015 to 2020 period and targets expressed in these plans. We are particularly focussed on the year ahead."
The Premier said it was important to reflect on what has been achieved and that the Province finds itself on its way to achieve its vision for 2030.
All departments in the Province have developed Five Year Strategic Plans which are aligned to the NDP and PGDP for the period 2015 to 2020, which means that the Province is ready to start the second five-year term of the NDP and PGDP.
Mchunu explained that a "rugged" institutional arrangement was in place through 18 PGDP Action Work Groups, wherein space has been created for government and all its development partners to work together in refining the plan and keeping it elevant, but most importantly to drive its implementation.
He then detailed the progress that has been made in its implementation, drawing on information provided by PGDP structures. Some of the successes are:
Increased employment from 2 170 000 in 2010 to 2 419 000 in 2014, despite a lower than anticipated economic growth rate.
Successful conclusion of Operation Phakisa or the Ocean Lab approach by conducting a Poverty Eradication Lab, as well as a Lab on the Makhathini YDevelopment.
Participation in the declaration of Dube TradePort (DTP) as an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), which is the first step to having this area declared as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), as soon as this legislative framework is promulgated later this year
The Richards Bay IDZ has completed its Master Plan to guide the most efficient development and servicing of ts existing land parcels and to acquire new strategically located land. This IDZ which is also set to become a SEZ linked to the Port of Richards Bay, provides the province with an ideal platform to promote its declared intent to maximise opportunities related to the ocean economy, manufacturing, beneficiation, as well as new and innovative oil and gas energy options
Four sites have been identified for the development of Techno-Hubs as local technology support and incubation centres in Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg, the Hibiscus Coast and Umhlatuze;
A commitment was made to assist the eMadlangeni community to bring together all local stakeholders in a local structure to facilitate peaceful solutions to issues creating tensions in the area, as well as to initiate a process to establish Agri-Villages in this area. The purpose of this project is firstly to ensure that relationships between communities, commercial farmers, land claim trusts, institutions of traditional leadership and other local structures are strengthened, and secondly to guide settlement patterns to protect high value agricultural land
The development of the Keystone Light Industrial and Logistics Park on the N2 Corridor between eThekwini and Msunduzi, valued at more than R6-billion, which has received all its development approvals and is now moving towards construction;
The Blythedale Beach Development, which has been revived after successfully resolving a protracted dispute between the developers and land claimants;
The Music City South Africa tourism project proposed in the Ugu District, which has the potential of being one of the largest gamechangers in the tourism sector in KwaZulu-Natal. The province has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the project owners in terms of which it is providing support to the developers by facilitating compliance with regulatory processes and to get the project going as soon as possible.
The Cornubia development project includes extensive vegetable gardens
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CHANGES IN THE PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.
STATEMENT BY DR ZWELI MKHIZE PREMIER OF KWAZULU-NATAL -
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15 NOVEMBER 2011
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The Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal is determined that we will have "A prosperous Province, with healthy secure and skilled people, acting as a gateway to Africa and the World". A clear plan of action is expressed in the Provincial Growth and Development Plan setting comprehensive targets of what achievements are required to ensure that the Vision is realised. The Province is committed to the Key National Priorities namely:
Creation of more jobs, decent work and sustainable livelihoods for inclusive growth
Rural development, land reform and food security
Improved quality basic education
A long and healthy life for all South Africans
Fighting crime and corruption
The implementation of the Nine Point plan to grow the South African Economy
These National Priorities, and for that matter all 14 Outcomes of the NDP remain the foundation of the Provincial Growth and Development Plan. The following indicate some of the actions underway.
Priority Intervention 1: Revitalisation of the agriculture and agro-processing value chain (APAP)
A KZN Agrarian Transformation Strategy will, contribute to rural economic development, increased production, job creation and market access for farmers mainly in rural areas through their integration into global value chain.
Priority Intervention 2: More effective implementation of a higher impact Industrial Policy Action Plan
The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) remains an engine for job creation and a catalyst for foreign direct investment. This facility has already attracted investments of over R6,8 billion including a R4,5 billion Titanium plant. Key milestones include: -
R2 billion biomass plant,
R300m pipe manufacturing plant,
R16m paint manufacturing enterprise,
R20m logistic services
Priority Intervention 3: Advancing beneficiation (adding value to our mineral wealth)
A KZN Mineral Beneficiation Strategy has been developed, which is aimed at driving the minerals sector in KwaZulu-Natal towards a more profitable, socially accountable and environmentally sustainable future.
The Province is currently conducting an analysis of the contribution of coal and phosphate in terms of their socio-economic development, risks and opportunities.
The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), has conducted a coal discards study that identified all existing coal mines and coal discards in the Province. These discards have been classified according to their economic value, environmental impact and logistical or ease of access to the discards.
Priority Intervention 4: Unlocking the potential of SMMEs, cooperatives, township and rural enterprises
The Co-operatives Programme has two very specific objectives, namely to provide food security and to create economic activity at a very basic community level. Plans are advanced to get co-operatives involved in the production of commodities that can be branded and marketed, for both domestic and international market. The KZN Small Business Development Agency together with Ithala, provide holistic financial and nonfinancial support services to the co-operative sector.
The Provincial Association of Traders to handle bulkbuying and warehousing for the co-operatives and SMMEs has been established. Buildings owned by Ithala across the Province are to be used as warehouses. This is to create direct access to suppliers and reduce costs of goods.
An SMME Academy is to be established to provide the necessary skills desperately needed by the formal and informal economy.
Priority Intervention 5: Growing the oceans economy
The maritime industry sector has potential to be an engine for sustainable economic growth and a game changer for the Province in a number of secondary areas. Opportunities comprise port optimisation in sectors such as containerisation, oil and gas, ship and rig repair, boat building and aquaculture.
Priority Intervention 6: Resolving the energy challenge
The RBIDZ is being used to pioneer an energy production hub. Currently, about 20 hectares of land have been identified to host gas-to-power operations in an effort to yield diversified energy generation capacity from renewable sources. Its importance lies both in improving the quality of life for the previously disadvantaged majority as well as supporting large-scale industrial development. This lack of access to efficient modern energy has significant impact on socio-economic development.
Priority Intervention 7: Managing work place conflict
The Province encourages everyone to work together to minimise workplace labour conflict that impact negatively on productivity. Everyone must work together to resolve any emergent disputes and pull our country to prosperity.
Priority Intervention 8: Scaling up private sector participation
The following projects are in the pipeline:
Vossloh Project ' which is a French company looking at setting up a manufacturing facility in KwaDukuza
HBM and SA Health Project ' This is a condom manufacturing project to supply the local market and export to the rest of the continent, and is a partnership between a local company and a USA headquartered company.
Multi-Smelter Park Project Iron Ore Project ' The Melmoth iron ore project is a joint venture between Jindal Mining SA (Pty) Ltd and Sungu-Sungu Mining, as the principal Prospecting Right License holder.
Manufacture of Ethanol from Sugar Project ' The project promoter, Silvapen (South African / Brazilian Company) intends to establish an ethanol manufacturing plant near Jozini on the Makhatini Flats.
St Lucia Wind Farms Project
Hebei Iron and Steel in Richards Bay IDZ to the total of R75 billion.
Priority Intervention 9: Cross-cutters related to ICT, Transport infrastructure, Science and Technology and Water
The King Shaka International Airport is growing as a strategic air transportation hub. The Province is planning to spend R12 billion on infrastructure in 2016/17. Department of Transport will spend the lion's share of this budget at 55%, followed by the Department of Education at 20% of the infrastructure budget and Department of Health at 13%. Other departments spend will be the remaining 12%. The Education infrastructure budget includes funding allocated in the Adjustments Estimates of R150 million. This funding is ring-fenced to address the water and sanitation backlogs in schools.
Office of the Premier
The Office of the Premier receives R743.214 million, R746.934 million and R784.281 million over the 2015/16 MTEF. The bulk of the department's budget allocation is for cross-cutting and transversal activities, such as Operation Sukuma Sakhe, Luwamba Wellness Centre, Integrity Management, youth, the Provincial Public Service Training Academy, the Nerve Centre, support to His Majesty, the King as well as transfers to two entities, namely Amafa and the Royal Household Trust. The department's 2015/16 MTEF budget includes funds for capacitating the Integrity Management unit.
The Department of Transport receives 9.2 per cent of the Provincial budget. The budget allocated to Transport is for the construction of roads and the maintenance of the provincial road network. In 2015/16, the department will continue with construction and maintenance projects which include Main Road P234 located in Nongoma, Main Road P104 located in Ndwedwe, Main Road P1-1 (M13) located between Hillcrest and Pinetown, Main Road P496 John Ross Highway, located between Empangeni and Richards Bay, Main Road P230 located between Eshowe to Empangeni, and Main Road P68 located between St Faiths and Port Shepstone. In addition, the department will continue with the provision of learner transport services and the subsidisation of bus services in the Province. The department will continue to undertake law enforcement campaigns through Operation Shanela to promote road safety.
Community Safety and Liaison
The Department of Community Safety and Liaison receives R187.069 million, R198.470 million and R200.285 million over the 2015/16 MTEF. The bulk of the department's budget allocation is for community safety initiatives, including the Volunteer Social Crime Prevention Programme, maintenance of Community Safety Forums and Community Policing Forums, crime awareness campaigns (victim empowerment, drug abuse, etc.), police station evaluations, Justice Crime Prevention Strategy, stock theft, cross border conflicts, taxi violence, among others.
The largest portion of the Provincial budget goes to the Department of Education which receives 41.3 per cent (is an increase from the 40.8 per cent share in 2014/15). The largest share of the department's budget allocation is for the provision of personnel. The department will utilise these funds towards the provision of educators and to fund the carrythrough costs of the various wage agreements. The department aims to provide learner teacher support materials to schools, by the first day of school. All learners in Quintiles 1, 2 and 3 schools will continue to be fed through the National School Nutrition Programme grant. The department will continue to make the provision of special schools' infrastructure its focus in order to grant access to education for learners with special needs. The department will also increase the number of ECD classrooms so that more schools that offer Grade R will have appropriate facilities.
The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs receives R2.973 billion, R3.080 billion and R3.220 billion over the 2015/16 MTEF. The bulk of the department's budget allocation relates to transfers to public entities such as Dube TradePort Corporation, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Ithala, KZN Tourism Authority, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, Richards Bay IDZ and the KZN Liquor Authority. With the 2015/16 budget, the department will continue to support SMMEs and co-operatives, the establishment of the Small Business Development Agency, and to implement projects including the Industrial Economic Hubs, the Aerotropolis, the KZN Consumer Protection Act, Invasive Alien Species programme, as well as restructuring the Maritime Cluster, and finalising the EIA for the Drakensberg Cable Car project. The department will continue to host various events such as uMyezane Awards, Metro FM Awards, uMthayi Marula Festival, among others.
The Department of Social Development receives R2.630 billion, R2.768 billion and R2.906 billion over the 2015/16 MTEF. The main purpose of the department's budget allocation is for social work practitioners to provide care and support social welfare services to older persons, persons with disabilities, provide integrated community based care services to persons affected and infected by HIV and AIDS and to provide emergency relief to distressed individuals and households.
The budget also caters for the improvement of the quality of services provided to NGOs and to provide Home Community Based Care services. The main priority in infrastructure will be for the anticipated construction of service offices, state facilities, including Inanda service office, Osizweni service office and the Inkululeko Regeneration Elderly Day Care Centre. Various facilities will also be upgraded or refurbished over the MTEF.
The second largest portion of the Provincial budget goes to the Department of Health which receives 32.4 per cent (an increase from the 31.9 per cent share in 2014/15). The budget allocated to Health provides for the following main activities, among others: the delivery of primary health care (PHC) services to the approximately 87 per cent uninsured population of KwaZulu-Natal. The main services rendered at PHC level include the comprehensive management of HIV and AIDS, the provision of clinic (including mobiles) and hospital care at a district level. The department also provides hospital care at a general, tertiary and central level, for patients whose levels of care require more specialised services, as well as emergency transport for patients who require urgent attention. In 2015/16, the department will continue with these services and will strive to achieve improvements and enhancements to these services.
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs receives R1.368 billion, R1.437 billion and R1.509 billion over the MTEF. With the 2015/16 budget, the department will continue to support municipalities by providing capacity building programmes (such as councillor training, Operation Clean Audit, human resource management and development, etc.) to enable municipalities to implement various projects under the Massification, Corridor Development, Disaster Management and Small Town Rehabilitation programmes. These are the main programmes that the department assists municipalities with on an ongoing basis and, as such, the need to provide support and training to enable the municipalities to undertake the various projects (which include town formalisation and beautification, electrification, provision of water and sanitation, among others) in support of service delivery. The department will continue to construct and rehabilitate various houses for Amakhosi, Traditional Administrative Centres and Community Service Centres.
The Department of Arts and Culture receives R783.914 million, R819.399 million and R894.444 million over the 2015/16 MTEF. The bulk of the department's budget allocation is allocated for provincialisation of libraries, as well as the construction of a mega-library in eThekwini. In addition, the department will continue constructing libraries and providing library materials. In respect of arts and culture, the department will continue hosting its main events, which include the Reed Dance, Freedom Day, Africa Day, Youth Day, King Shaka Celebrations, and the First Fruit Ceremony.
Sport and Recreation
The Department of Sport and Recreation receives R454.389 million, R440.571 million and R463.512 million over the 2015/16 MTEF. Implementation of the school sport programme as the main mandate of the department will continue in 2015/16. The department will construct 11 outdoor gyms in prioritised wards. The department is targeting to construct nine basic sport and recreation facilities, 11 kick-about sport facilities and 37 combination courts.
The Department of Human Settlements receives R3.585 billion, R3.776 billion and R4.011 billion over the 2015/16 MTEF. The main purpose of the department's budget allocation is for the provision of housing to various sectors of the population, including rural areas and informal settlements, with the bulk of the funding being provided via the Human Settlements Development conditional grant. In 2015/16, the department will continue with the provision of housing. This includes the following:
Rectification of pre-1994 housing stock - This programme is aimed at rectifying the housing stock constructed pre-1994. Project funding of R3.500 billion over the years for the rectification of 42 797 units has been approved by the department. Various projects in eThekwini, Newcastle and Umdoni are currently underway.
Continued focus and roll-out of slums clearance projects is a provincial priority. Currently, 116 projects are at various stages of the housing delivery cycle. It is anticipated that these projects will provide alternative and permanent housing for 134 601 families living in slums in KwaZulu-Natal . The department will continue with the implementation of Cornubia Integrated Residential Project as the national priority "catalytic project" in 2015/16, which is expected to contribute towards ensuring sustainable human settlements.
The Department of Public Works receives R1.390 billion, R1.450 billion and R1.526 billion over the 2015/16 MTEF. The bulk of the department's budget allocation is for property rates payments and the implementation of the Government Immovable Asset Management Act (GIAMA). The budget also caters for various infrastructure projects such as the head office project, Richmond Community Development and National Youth Service programmes and the EPWP co-ordination function, as well as the improvement of infrastructure support to other departments.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development receives R2.203 billion, R2.291 billion and R2.409 billion over the 2015/16 MTEF. In 2015/16, the department will be implementing a fundamental change in the programmes it supports and the manner in which it carries out its mandate. This change is informed by both the NDP as well as the national Agricultural Policy Action Plan (APAP). These plans have directed government to focus on several key strategies, namely:
Prioritising labour-intensive agricultural sub-sectors - e.g. vegetable production on irrigation schemes.
Encouraging better use of under-utilised lands in communal areas for dry land production of grains such as maize, soya, beans, etc.
Strengthening the use of research and climate smart agriculture e.g. drip irrigation, no-till planting.
Aggressively redeveloping under-utilised land reform farms.
Provincial Treasury receives R712.151 million, R707.768 million and R708.506 million over the 2015/16 MTEF. The bulk of the department's budget allocation in the 2015/16 MTEF is for financial management (for general oversight of all departments', municipalities' and public entities' budget processes and monitoring of spending trends), internal audit, supply chain management, and support for transversal and interlinked financial systems. In addition, the department is continuing to implement a number of special projects, such as infrastructure support of the Infrastructure Delivery Improvement Programme (IDIP) Transaction Advisors, Operation Pay-on-Time, Operation Clean Audit, irregular expenditure projects, Municipal Support Progamme, among others.
Provincial Legislature receives R465.494 million, R480.352 million and R504.370 million over the 2015/16 MTEF. The bulk of the Legislature's budget relates to areas of law-making and oversight, as well as public participation.