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EC education dept to lose over R500 mln over poor expenditure

National Treasury says it will be withdrawing a R530 million infrastructural grant from the province.

The inside of an empty classroom at the Roodepoort Primary School in Roodepoort a day before it is expected to reopen. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan,Eastern Cape,Eastern Cape Education Department
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CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape Education Department is set to lose out on more than half a billion rand due to poor expenditure.

In an announcement published in the Government Gazette, National Treasury said it would be withdrawing the R530 million infrastructural grant and allocate it to other provinces.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has reduced the grant allocation from R1.7 billion in the 2015/16 financial year to R1.5 billion for the following year.

Eastern Cape education’s Loyiso Phulumani has acknowledged the department’s under performance.

“Especially in the first half of 2015/2016; and this is mainly because of weaknesses we have been able to identify. There’s been a lot of attrition and loss of key staff.”

Phulumani says they’ve been attending to these issues.

“We are in a way taken aback and disappointed because we had already, in November, started to work on a turnaround plan. Over the past six months we have recruited five senior, specially qualified people.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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