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Learnings in Limpopo Polokwane 
Read our talks with two participants who attended the training

The vulekamali team continued the Civic Information Drives, this time, Polokwane - Limpopo. The two-day budget training was held on 21-22 August at the mLab Limpopo, Polokwane. National Treasury, Imali Yethu, together with our host, Limpopo Treasury implemented the training, with the goal of sharing the training with as many organisations. We interviewed Innocent Mngomezulu and Mbekezeli Benjamin, on how they found the 2-day budget training. 
"Having all of that mixture helped get the word out there and to actually know what different communities need and how they fit in this whole initiative."- Innocent
Read more here

Conditional Grants to Municipalities

Have always wanted to know what the conditions to the Municipal grants are? now you can access the conditions on vulekamali.
Conditional grants have been used in South Africa to transfer funding from national to provinces and municipalities, for the purpose of achieving specific national government policy objectives. This mechanism is especially important in South Africa, where the Constitution provides for equal access to basic public services, such as health, education, water, and welfare.

In addition to the conditional grants, they receive municipalities and provinces are also entitled to “an equitable share of revenue that was raised nationally”, according to Section 214(1) of the Constitution. Equitable shares are unconditional (not specific) and enable provinces and municipalities to provide the services and fulfil their functions. 

The Conditional Grant Frameworks are published as annexures to the Division of Revenue Bill and then gazetted once the act is signed into law. These frameworks set the rules for how the funds can be used and support the administration and oversight of conditional grants.

View all Conditional Grants to Municipalities

What's happening this September?

What are Treasury, Departments and Parliament busy with?

  • National Treasury will be holding technical structure hearings, where function groups present their recommendations.
  • The Ministers' Committee on the Budget Technical Committee (MTEC) deliberations culminate in the MTEC tabling recommendations to political executive structures, including the Ministers' Committee on the Budget (MINCOMBUD), the Budget Council and the Budget Forum. (August & September).
  • The Ministers' Committee on the Budget (MINCOMBUD) finalises its recommendations to Cabinet on the fiscal framework, key national government spending priorities, Division of Revenue (DoR) and the substantial adjustments to conditional grants to be tabled in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS). (August & September).
  • Departments engage with technical and political structures on the budget as per the adopted budget strategy and budget process. (August & September)
  • Parliament decides on the priorities for the fourth term. (August & September)
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