The government’s unfunded wage deal and the costs associated with SA’s energy crisis are set to blow the Western Cape’s health budget, with officials projecting an overspend of close to R1bn on the R28.8bn set aside for the current financial year.

State-owned power utility Eskom’s inability to meet electricity demand has forced the provincial health department to make diesel purchases that were not budgeted for, with the costs for the first quarter of the 2023/2024 fiscal year topping R12m, according to head of health Keith Cloete...

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