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Godongwana: Eastern Cape Appropriation Bill 2003/2004

6th March 2003

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Date: 06/03/2003
Source: Eastern Cape Provincial Government
Title: Godongwana: Eastern Cape Appropriation Bill 2003/2004


BUDGET SPEECH 2003/04 BY THE EASTERN CAPE MEC FOR FINANCE, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM, ENOCH GODONGWANA, 6 March 2003

Honourable Mr Speaker
Honourable Premier of the Eastern Cape
Colleagues in the Executive Council
Distinguished members of our Legislature
Invited guests
Ladies and gentlemen

"There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries"

William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

In retrospect, the years 1994 to 2000 may be characterised as a stabilisation period for the provincial government, years when we grappled with the amalgamation of the previous administrations, the inherited overdraft and maladministration. In 1999 personnel costs accounted for 64% of total provincial spending, and spending on infrastructure accounted for a mere 2% of total provincial expenditure. This was a developmentally untenable situation.

From about 2000 our focus shifted from stabilisation towards delivery. Our strategic targets were obviously to improve social service delivery and to strengthen our support for private sector development, and our underlying strategy was to free up more resources for these purposes by:

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