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Public sector spending rising despite tough economy

Public expenditure has increased from R200 billion in 2011 to R284 billion this financial year.

FILE: Statistician General Pali Lehohla. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says the public sector’s spending has been rising steadily despite the tough economic times.

Public expenditure has increased from R200 billion in 2011 to R284 billion this financial year.

Lehohla was presenting Statistic South Africa’s 2016 capital expenditure by the public sector in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Capital expenditure by public institutions has gone up by R18 billion between 2015 and 2016.

Lehohla says that the majority of this spending has gone to the new construction projects.

“Two public institutions that have been responsible for a substantial amount of investments, those are namely, Eskom and Transnet. So that’s where the bulk of the expenditure is.”

Lehohla says that municipalities have spent the second highest capital, some of which is accounted to service delivery and road construction.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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