WC sets aside 50% budget for IT services

The Western Cape will spend 50 percent of its annual budget on beefing up broadband and IT services.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Premier's office has allocated 50 percent of its new annual budget on beefing up broadband and IT services.

More than R400 million will be used to improve among others out-dated software and programs centred on making government services more accessible to the public.

Helen Zille presented her budget vote in the Provincial legislation on Friday.

Zille said spending more than R400 million on improving broadband internet services and connectivity is an absolute must.

She believes this is critically for increased economic competitiveness, growth and skills development in the province.

Over the next year, R25 million will be used to refresh out-dated services and IT infrastructure throughout the province including hospitals.

R29 million will be used to boost connectivity.

The premier however came under fire for allocating such a large chunk of her budget to this function.

The ANC's Lynne Brown feels the money should have been spent on improving the lives of the poor.