Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy says the province expects an increase in spending in the health and education sectors, as the population increases.
Creecy delivered the medium-term budget in the Gauteng Legislature on Thursday.
She's freed up R4 billion with health and education taking the lion’s share.
Creecy says it’s getting harder to match the supply of services with demand, because of population growth.
“Our equitable share has been growing at about 2.3% in real terms but if you understand that our population growth because of in-migration is in the region of 2.5% per annum that increase doesn’t keep up with the need.”
Meanwhile, the finance MEC says she hopes the over R1.2 billion pumped into the Health Department will ease pressure on goods and services and revitalise the state of the province's hospitals.
“The key issue is, in my view, a management problem and we have to make sure that we build the management of the department provincially and also at a hospital level. That’s why our intervention plan doesn’t just look at the financial situation.”