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2021 Division of Revenue Act Signed

June 29, 2021

The Presidency

President Ramaphosa has assented to the 2021 Division of Revenue Act.

Parliament passed the Division of Revenue Bill and sent it for assent at the beginning of June 2021.

The bill was tabled in February during Budget 2021.

The act aims to:


• provide for the equitable division of revenue raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government for the 2021/22 financial year;
• the determination of each province’s equitable share;
• allocations to provinces, local government and municipalities from national government’s equitable share;
• the responsibilities of all three spheres pursuant to such division and allocations; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

The act came into effect on the date of publication.

The president has also assented to the Appropriation Act and the Special Appropriation Act.

The Appropriation Bill and the Special Appropriation Bill were also tabled during Budget 2021.

The Appropriation Act aims to:


• appropriate money from the National Revenue Fund for the requirements of the State for the 2021/22 financial year;
• prescribe conditions for the spending of funds withdrawn for the 2022/23 financial year before the commencement of the Appropriation Act for the 2022/23 financial year; and
• provide for matters incidental thereto.

The Special Appropriation Act aims to:


• appropriate an additional amount of money to votes of Health and Social Development;
• effect an adjustment to an appropriation of money to the vote of Public Enterprises; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

R1.25 billion is allocated to the health department to procure COVID-19 vaccines and implement a related COVID-19 vaccine research project; R2.826 billion is allocated to the social development department in order to fund the extension of the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant and allocations to the public enterprises department are adjusted to assist SAA subsidiaries with urgent funding needs.

Both acts came into effect on the date of publication.