Minister Creecy and Deputy Minister Sotyu deliver 2020/21 Budget Vote speech
The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy and Deputy Minister Ms Makhotso Maggie Sotyu, delivered the budget policy statement for the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries through virtual platform on Thursday, 23 July 2020 at 16:15.
The Minister and Deputy Minister’s presentation of the virtual speech encompassed reflections on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the adjustments it had necessitated in planning and budgeting, while also articulating how the department responds to that.
The budget policy statement, also known as budget vote speech, outlined the 2020/21 strategic focus and key priorities for the department. The policy statement provided details of policy decisions aimed at achieving a just, green and inclusive economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The objectives of the policy statement set to:
- outline the key themes of the department;
- unpack a just, green and inclusive economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic;
- communicate the department’s plans and mobilise South Africans to rally behind the department’s plans for the next financial year.
23 July 2020 - Last Saturday on Mandela Day, I spent my sixty-seven minutes with the World Wildlife Fund, meeting representatives from fishing communities in the Overberg Region of the Western Cape. The representatives spoke of the hardship small-scale fisher men and women face in this difficult industry: including their exclusion from the more profitable aspects of the fish processing value...
23 July 2020 - Covid-19 has presented a number of challenges to all South Africans, and to the entire world. Although the pandemic has placed additional pressure on our economy and forced us to reprioritise to meet the needs of our people, it has held some hidden success for the environment. Factories closed and there were less cars on the roads for a limited period during alert level five of the national lockdown.
23 July 2020 - During the national lockdown to stem the spread of Covid-19, the department’s four entities – SANParks, SANBI, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the SA Weather Service – have been unable to realise their usual income and remain self-sustainable. To ensure these are able to continue to deliver on their mandate despite the pandemic, the department has shifted a considerable amount of funding...
22 July 2020 - The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Ms Barbara Creecy and the Deputy Minister Makhotso Sotyu, will brief the media on the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ Budget Vote to be delivered on virtual platform, tomorrow Thursday, 23 July 2020. The Minister and Deputy Minister will deliver the Department’s 2020/21 key priorities while reflecting on post COVID-19...