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Have a question or information you want to share with others on a specific topic related to a department's budget? Perhaps you've noticed an interesting anomaly or have unanswered questions regarding changes in spending over time? Find existing discussion and add your voice in the discussion functionality at the bottom of all department budget pages.

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Attend our panel discussion on open budget data

The Grahamstown National Arts Festival will be hosting a panel discussion on the power of open budget data information found in to transform the lives of citizens. Panelists will include senior representatives from the South African National Treasury, open data activists and representatives from the media and Imali Yethu, the civil society budget coalition .

Learn more about this event

The budget process - what’s happening in July?


What are Treasury, Departments and Parliament busy with?
  • National Treasury engages with departments to assist with submissions.
  • Function groups hold discussions and begin formulating recommendations to budget technical structures, including the Ministers' Committee on the Budget Technical Committee (MTEC) and the Technical Committee on Finance (TCF).
  • Departments submit MTEF budgets to the National Treasury and engagements are held on these budget submissions.
  • Parliament must pass the Appropriation Bill, with or without amendments, within four months after the start of the financial year: by 31 July.
  • The Committees on Appropriations holds public hearings when deliberating the contents and recommendations to be included in its report on the Appropriation Bill.
  • Parliament conducts oversight visits, study tours and special projects.
How can I participate?
  • Engagement government departments on their budget submissions.
  • Lobby parliament, parliamentary committees and MPs for specific oversight visits.
  • Participate in parliamentary oversight visits.
Learn about ways to participate

Public participation

The South African Constitution has several provisions that support people’s participation in areas of democratic governance. One such area of participation is in the allocation of funding by mean of the national budget. 

One of the primary goals of is to amplify the voices of citizens interested in participating in the budget process - either formally or informally.
Watch the video on participation

July Budget Quiz

What aspect of government spending is most important?

Goods and Services
Personnel Budget
Infrastructure Spending

In our June Newsflash we tested your knowledge on the role of preparing a national appropriation bill. Luckily most of you seemed to be up to snuff, with an overwhelming majority of respondees selected the correct answer: National Treasury.
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