westerncapeEngineering News reports that safety has been prioritised by the Western Cape in its 2020 budget, with R4-billion allocated for this purpose in the medium term.  

Specifically, R1.1-billion will be used over the medium term to deploy more law enforcement officers to fight crime in the province.  Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier on Tuesday presented the province‚Äôs budget, stating that the province would implement an evidence-based and holistic transversal response to violence in the province with a sense of urgency.  The largest expenditure item for the provincial will remain personnel expenditure, accounting for 55%, or almost R40-billion of the total 2020/21 budget.  However, the province is planning to trim this amount by terminating performance bonus allocations in 2021/22 and rather finding practical, non-monetary performance rewards; limiting overtime spend through planning and implementing stricter protocols; managing leave pay-outs on a stricter basis; and ensuring that personnel numbers are tailored to departmental goals.

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