PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa is focused on addressing the “urgent and pressing matters” bedevilling South Africa’s education and health sectors, newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday.
“The largest allocations in the medium-term are for education, health, social development and community development," Mboweni said in his maiden medium term budget policy statement to Parliament.
"Together, these four areas will receive more than 60% of non-interest expenditure."
“Nobody should learn in a school that is unsafe. Our children must have access to adequate sanitation. We have committed to eradicating pit latrines at schools," he said.
"The president has directed that there is a plan to ensure that all schools have safe and appropriate sanitation. We will ensure that female learners in schools have access to sanitary pads. Several provinces have already taken the lead in rolling out the provision of free sanitary pads in schools.”