Capetonians today share their hopes for positive news on jobs, education and service delivery in Wenger’s provincial budget

Cape Town – Capetonians have said they want the Medium Term Fiscal Policy Statement (MTBPS) from MEC Mireille Wenger of the Western Cape to give them positive news on jobs, education, service delivery and housing.

Wenger will present the budget to the legislature this morning alongside the 2022 adjustment budget and the 2022/23 municipal economic review and outlook (MERO).

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She said the budget would be guided by the government’s growth priorities for jobs, security and well-being, and would leverage the data-rich MERO to “provide a framework of hope for realizing a future best for all citizens of the Western Cape”.

Faldeela Dixon, from Adderley Street Flower Market, said she hoped the budget would provide more money for education and curb the high rate of school dropouts, who had no hope of decent jobs.

Adderley Street Flower Market’ flower seller Faleela Dixon. l MWANGI GITHAHU/CAP ARGUS

“When our kids go to grade one we have about five streams or classes, but when they get to grade 12 we have two or three streams. The dropout rate is so high. This is due to poverty and unemployment,” she said.

Dixon said she was aware of the rapid population growth and the government had many other expenses, but added: ‘I would like the government to take into consideration the situation of the poorest of the poor, who are into a downward spiral they want to escape.”

GairoenisaOliver, a Lotus River resident, wants more money allocated to crime control and housing.

Lotus River resident Gairoenise Oliver. Photo MWANGI GITHAHU/Cap Argus

“Too many people are squatting in backyards. Cape Town looks like a squatter’s camp. It is because of poverty, because nowadays there are not enough jobs.

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“People are getting short-term contracts instead of permanent jobs, and yet that’s what they really need,” she said.

Samora Machel resident Oyena Vonco, who runs a small business selling perfumes at Grand Central Mall, said: “The province should set aside more money for jobs and job creation because many young people in the area where I live do not have a job. ”

Samora Machel living in Oyena Vonco, Photo MWANGI GITHAHU/Cap Argus

Assistant pharmacist Themba Mabengwa, from Khayelitsha, said his main concerns were unemployment and uneven service delivery.

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Assistant pharmacist Themba Mabengwa Photo MWANGI GITHAHU/Cap Argus

“When the government talks about service delivery, all they think about is CBD, and that’s where you see it. But when we return to Khayelitsha, there is nothing at all to see in terms of service provision.

“The government must direct its services directly to the scene. This is where people desperately need to see service delivery. Only by going directly to the people where they live will they see the real needs such as sewage and drainage issues.

He suggested separate allocations, one for wealthy areas and another for locations.

National black economic transformation lobbyist Mandisi Maqetuka said the budget should address economic inequality in the province with urgent interventions.

“This can be quickly achieved by improving the Western Cape budget mix spending and investing in black-owned businesses, preferential purchasing and implementing business and supplier development (ESD) programs.

Budget committee chairwoman Deidre Baartman (DA) said she expects the province to continue to put every penny to work for the people of the province.

“Whether through the LEAP program making our communities safer, building new classrooms, or cutting red tape to reinvigorate the economy, the provincial government has earned our trust through its innovative and effective governance. .

ANC spokesman for finance and economic opportunities, Nomi Nkondlo, said the previous MTBPS was characterized by large amounts of unspent funds earmarked for employee compensation which were returned to the Provincial Revenue Fund .

“The ANC reiterates its calls on the provincial government to fill all funded positions and end this underspending and the ceding of funds to provincial revenue.”

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