With numbers reaching record highs, like that of a trillion Rand, and much reaction manifesting around issues being perpetuated by SANRAL, it is fair to say that our Finance Minister delivered a budget speech that covered all major issues that needed attention. Whether or not the implementation of this budget will result in the desired outcomes remains to be seen…
As a player within the Children’s Sector, I eagerly awaited more direct resolution on some of the issues that we are faced with daily, but was instead met with overarching plans – plans that could maybe have been articulated in a more detailed fashion. Having said this, it is important to note that social spending now makes up 58% of total government spending - a significant increase from the 49% allocated thereto almost a decade ago. This split is in effort to address the issues of poverty and inequality, but, a report on how this is intended to be spent might have been more helpful.
The focus on children and vulnerable communities at large would serve our leaders well in combating some of the ills that are plaguing our economy - issues of health, job creation, infrastructure capacity building and social protection. And whilst very early on in the budget address, it was highlighted that “social assistance” will be one of the focus areas that will receive extra attention, this did not translate consistently throughout the address in terms of our Sector.
And so this leads to me to the question, has the Children’s Sector been sidelined in our new Growth Plan and the overall Vision for our economy in 2030?
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