National Assembly passes ‘special Finance Bill’

By Parliamentary Press

The National Assembly at its plenary sitting yesterday passed the Adjustments Appropriation Bill and the Special Appropriation Bill. 
The Minister of Finance, Mr Enoch Godongwana, had tabled the 2022 Adjustments Appropriations Bill and the Special Appropriation Bill when he presented the 2022 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to Parliament on 26 October 2022. 

 Section 12(1) of the Money Bills and Related Matters Act requires the Minister of Finance to table a national adjustments budget as envisaged in section 30 of the Public Finance Management Act. Section 12(2) of the Money Bills and Related Matters Act requires that “an adjustments appropriation Bill must be tabled with a national adjustments budget”. 
 The Adjustments Appropriation Bill provides for increases to allocations set out in the main Appropriation Act of 2022. 
Total in-year spending adjustments amounts to R13 billion, inclusive of the total adjusted appropriations per vote and adjusted estimates of direct charges against the National Revenue Fund (NRF). 

Of the total in-year adjustments of R13 billion, R7.24 billion is with respect to direct charges against the NRF. 
These includes, amongst others, a proposed additional allocation of R5.93 billion towards Debt service costs; a proposed additional allocation of R48.5 million as unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure through the Provincial Equitable Share for the continuation of care and protection of flood victims who were placed in shelters in KwaZulu-Natal; 

A proposed additional allocation of R306.26 million for State Owned Enterprises (SOEs - for Denel: R204.7 million as well as the Land and Agricultural Development Bank: R101.56 million); and a proposed additional allocation of R618.82 million for the skills levy and sector education and training authorities (SETAs). 
 The Bill proposes to Parliament to appropriate additional funds in the 2022/23 financial year for the requirements of Public Enterprises and Transport, and to provide for matters connected therewith. 

This proposed additional funding is allocated to three State Owned Enterprises located across the Public Enterprises and Transport Votes, namely, Transnet, Denel, and the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral). 
 The Bill proposes that R6, 278 billion and R23, 736 billion be appropriated from the NRF and be allocated to the Departments of Public Enterprises and Transport, respectively, for the 2022/2023 financial year. 
 The bills will be sent to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for consideration and concurrence 

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