As a COVID-19 mitigation measure the government has approved the recruitment of 4200 health workers, The Chronicle reports.
The government has further decided to redirect proceeds from the 2% tax towards strengthening the national response strategy against the pandemic.
This was revealed in a statement by the Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube that reads in part:
In order to augment resources required to alleviate the impact of the pandemic, Treasury has also proposed expenditure re-prioritisation or redirecting capital expenditure.
…However, Government will continue implementation of selected priority programmes and projects to sustain the economy and these include roads and dam construction, irrigation and water and sanitation projects, among others.
The two percent Intermediated Money Transfer Tax (IMTT), which is currently ring-fenced for social protection and capital development projects and hence, will ordinarily be channelled towards Covid-19 related mitigatory expenditures.
Meanwhile, reports claim that COVID-19 killed about 42 000 people in Wuhan and WHO has implored African governments to increase efforts to fight the pandemic.
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