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Amid the political upheaval to which we have become accustomed, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his 2017 budget speech. There will be plenty of debate around it, as there should be. But that is not where public scrutiny should stop. Provinces have been allocated 43.4% of state funds. Anyone who is interested in the use of public funds must extend their attention to provincial budgets, and particularly, provincial education department budgets, which are delivered between March and April. If previous years are anything to go by, much of the money allocated to provinces will be spent on education. Limpopo is a good province to begin with. Last year, Limpopo’s education department tabled a budget of R27bn, which was more than any other provincial education department, and only a small portion of this was spent on schools themselves. This is the money we should also be watching closely. Limpopo’s education department, which like its counterparts is responsible for individual sc...

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