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DA concerned by disaster center budget cut

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday raised concerns after it emerged that the Gauteng government will...

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday raised concerns after it emerged that the Gauteng government will not be able to respond to a major disaster due to budget cuts.

Last week, the Local Government and Housing Department revealed that its budget was reduced because money was being allocated to the provincial health department.

In the event of an emergency, local government officials will now have to approach the National Disaster Management Centre for funding.

But the DA is worried that this could delay the release of money.

The department’s Mongezi Mnyani said there was enough money available to keep the province's disaster center functioning.  

“The Treasury has funded emergency services at a national level. We need to put through a proposal to the provincial centre if there is a disaster.”

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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