WC Finance MEC Maynier sets aside R2.17bn of 2021 budget for COVID-19 fight

The Western Cape Finance MEC has tabled the province's budget of over R217 billion.

Western Cape MEC of Finance & Economic Opportunities David Maynier. Picture: @DavidMaynier/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Finance MEC has tabled the province's budget of over R217 billion.

This will be broken down over three financial years, with more than R72 billion to be spent in the current financial year.

David Maynier said that it included what he called a 'war chest' to fight COVID-19.

"We have mobilised a massive R2.17 billion war chest to defeat COVID-19 in the Western Cape which will be spent on rolling out vaccines, on procuring vaccines and on responding on a potential third wave of COVID-19 in the Western Cape."

Tens of millions will also go towards relief programmes.

"We have mobilised R100 million to provide humanitarian relief which will respond to the needs of the people who have lost jobs who cannot make ends meet."

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