Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer has accused the South African Government of cutting provincial budgets and funnelling money to SA’s failing state-owned enterprises at the expense of education. Times Live quotes Shäfer as saying that “severe” budget cuts to the Education Infrastructure Grant and expenditure on Covid-19 compliance measures have resulted in a third of 2020’s infrastructure budget being wiped out, and that the cuts are being demanded by the National Treasury for the next three years. “The simple fact that must be understood is this: without a proper budget, we are unable to pay for all the things we need to deliver quality education to learners in this province,” Schäfer insisted.