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R157m cash boost for WC drought relief

The Western Cape's Finance MEC on Tuesday tabled a R63 billion budget for the 2018/2019 financial year.

FILE: Western Cape Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Drought relief efforts in the Western Cape will get a R157 million injection.

The Western Cape's Finance MEC on Tuesday tabled a R63 billion budget for the 2018/2019 financial year.

Drought-riven farmers are hoping they'll get the lion's share of the R157 million allocated to drought relief measures.

The province's health sector gets a cash injection of R23 billion, making up 38% of the overall budget. Much of this will go towards boosting services.

R22.1 billion has been allocated to education.

Finance MEC Ivan Meyer explained on Tuesday the 2018 medium-term expenditure framework will see a R4.7 billion being spent on school infrastructure.

To help build on housing expenditure, the Human Settlements Department will get more than R2 billion.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)