R300 million allocated for capital’s new archive

KZN finance MEC Belinda Scott

Scott said government had allocated millions of rands for the construction of a new Archive Repository in Pietermaritzburg.
“This facility is required so that the heritage of the province is preserved. The repository will store and care for documents of unique and enduring cultural, historical and evidentiary value,” said Scott.
Currently KZN’s archives are stored between three repositories in Ulundi, Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Both the Durban and Pietermaritzburg’s archives are full to capacity. Construction is expected to be complete in 2022.
Tabling the budget Scott said constrained economic growth impacted on government’s tax receipts which in turn created funding challenges for government.
“It must be re-emphasised that, inherently lower economic growth implies among other things: lower tax revenue collection by government, increase in taxes, rising inflation and interest rates, lower real personal disposable income, pressure on consumer spending, currency depreciation, limited export demand, particularly for manufactured goods and fewer employment prospects,” said Scott adding that Treasury had to strike a balance between containing costs in the public sector and rolling out service delivery in all parts of the province.
She said while the growth outlook remained weak in the immediate future, there was optimism that the economy was turning a corner. She appealed to all social partners including labour and the private sector to assist in driving economic growth in the province.
“As we have always said, the growth and development of the province is a shared responsibility among government and key social partners, namely organised business, organised labour and the organised community sector. This becomes even more succinct in view of the impact that the fiscal consolidation programme continues to have on our equitable share and conditional grant allocations,” she told the sitting.
“Despite the budget cuts, our commitment to the people of KwaZulu-Natal is that we will protect government’s key priority programmes that are aimed at bringing a better life to all. This is in line with the province’s commitment to achieving the vision of KwaZulu-Natal as a “Prosperous province with a healthy, secure and skilled population, living in dignity and harmony, acting as a gateway to Africa and the world”,” stated Scott.
She said government was committed to fiscal discipline as a means of dealing with budget cuts while remaining focused on our key priority programmes.
“I want to emphasize that adhering to the cost-cutting measures is not only the responsibility of Provincial Treasury. We all have a role to play to ensure that these cuts are first directed at ‘nice-to-have’ spending areas and thereby try to avoid cutting core service delivery areas.
We must improve efficiencies in our spending so that we can re-direct more and more funds to core service delivery programmes for the benefit of our people,” said Scott.
R300 million allocated for capital’s new archive

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