Vadi tables R4.7bn budget

Jun 03 2013 18:47

Johannesburg - Gauteng transport MEC Ishmael Vadi tabled a R4.7bn budget for the 2013/14 financial year on Monday.

"This budget is less compared to the ones we tabled in previous years, and the reason is mainly that major construction projects in the province have been completed," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

The projects included the completed Gautrain network and some major roads and highways.

At least 50% of the budget consisted of conditional grants from the national transport department to subsidise bus contracts and carry out road maintenance, Vadi said.

Staff salaries accounted for 10% of the department's spending.

The national grant for roads in the province had been reduced, Vadi said.

"We have a [smaller] paved road network of 5 000km compared to other provinces. The national department wanted to allocate more of the grant to other provinces where it is more needed."

Road design and construction programmes were allocated R620m, and road maintenance received R667m.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) completed upgrading 201km of road networks.

"The network is of high quality and world class. I know that e-tolls are a contending issue now, but we plan to retain the relationship with Sanral in the foreseeable future," Vadi said.

The province had 34 bus contractors, who would get R1.7bn of the budget.

At least R801m had been allocated to the Gautrain management systems.

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