Parliament’s budget is expected to provide the support services required by Parliament to fulfil its constitutional functions, assist political parties represented in Parliament to secure administrative support, service constituents, and provide members of Parliament with the necessary facilities.
The ACDP supports the objective of this Higher Education budget in terms of not just expanding access and increasing student financial aid but producing relevant mid- to high-level skills which must move us in the direction of greater readiness to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
The ACDP reflects with dismay and concern on a budget that instead of being increased in line with the obvious urgency of the land redistribution question, the land budget - which declined over the past few years - is now at the level it was in 2008 after the proposed 3% increase.
The ACDP, like many others, is particularly interested in the state of the SABC. This given the very important role the public broadcaster plays in providing information, news for viewers and listeners across the whole of South Africa.