To ensure that departments meet their goal of involving women in departmental planning, the National Treasury is expected to deploy the first phase of a strategy and roadmap for the gender budget.

This was stated by Maite Nkaana-Mashabane, the Minister in the President, responsible for women, youth and the disabled, when on Thursday she voted on the budget of the department.

“In 2021, I reported that the department is working with the National Treasury, DPME and the IMF to develop a strategy and roadmap for the gender budget.

“I am pleased to inform this House that the National Treasury will launch the first phase of the project in the coming months,” she said.

In addition, Nkaana-Mashabane said that the department in partnership with the European Union (EU) in February 2022 held a dialogue on gender budgeting, which was attended by more than 700 international and national experts and participants.

“The purpose of this dialogue was to stimulate discussion of policy directives on gender responsive budgeting in the country.”

Meanwhile, Nkaana-Mashabane said that during the vote on the budget for 2021, she said that the department will analyze the draft annual action plans of the National Department (ARD).

“In this context, the 2021 Monitoring and Evaluation Report showed that less than 50% of departments implement the Gender Budgeting System.

“However, the analysis of the PP 2022/23 projects shows a significant improvement in the inclusion of the priorities of women, youth and people with disabilities in these plans. We aim to grow to 100% by 2024, ”she said.

Nkaana-Mashabane said South Africa’s economy is built on mining and agriculture, with land being a key factor.

“Therefore, my department has signed a memorial on mutual understanding with the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to ensure the inclusion of women, youth and people with disabilities in agriculture and land redistribution.”

Nkaana-Mashabane said that it is necessary to use the potential of the country’s young population.

“This includes the political will of government and industry leaders to ensure the integration of youth in all strategic areas of our society, especially in the economy,” she said.

In fiscal year 2022/2023, the NYDA will focus on:

• Training more than 25,000 young people for youth entrepreneurs;

• Support 2,000 youth businesses with financial assistance through the NYDA Grant Program. These businesses will operate and create 6,000 jobs in the economy;

• Providing training programs for 75,000 young people so that they can enter the economy;

• employment of 10,000 young people through the National Road Management Network;

• Attract 50,000 young people to the structured National Youth Service, where young people will earn income, learn skills and increase employment opportunities and offer significant quality services to their communities; and

• Reporting on monitoring and evaluating the impact of the grant program, revitalization of the National Youth Service and community service programs. – SAnews.gov.za

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