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Comment Sought on Second Special Appropriation Bill

September 3, 2021

Parliament

Parliament seeks comment on the Second Special Appropriation Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in August 2021.

National treasury published the bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 45013 on 19 August 2021.

According to the explanatory summary, the bill aims to address the impact of the recent unrest and the Covid-19 pandemic by providing for:

• additional urgent funding allocations; and
• amounts authorised in terms of section 16 of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999.

The bill’s memorandum points out that the bill provides for additional urgent funding allocations in the 2021/22 financial year to the votes of national treasury, social development, defence, police and trade, industry and competition.

The bill also includes spending authorised by the finance minister in terms of section 16 of the PFMA for the reintroduction of the Social Relief of Distress grant and support for small businesses.

Treasury briefed the standing committee on appropriations on the bill earlier this week.

In the briefing, treasury highlighted that the bill proposes additional urgent funding allocations of R32.850 billion to address the impact of the unrest and COVID-19 pandemic.

R1.3 billion will be made available for supporting businesses, R250 million for deployment of police personnel and R700 million for deployment of SANDF personnel to assist police.

The committee invites comment on the bill until 15 September 2021.

Public hearings are scheduled for 17 September 2021.

Meanwhile. treasury recently briefed the committee on Operation Vulindlela.

Operation Vulindlela is a government-wide approach through which ministers, departments and entities implement structural reforms.

A Vulindlela unit located in the presidency and treasury monitors progress and actively supports implementation.

Its aim is to fast-track the implementation of high-impact reforms, addressing obstacles or delays to ensure execution on policy commitments.

In the briefing, treasury pointed out that priority reforms include increasing the role of independent power producers; unbundling Eskom into generation, transmission, and distribution entities; increasing available spectrum; finalising policy and policy direction on rapid deployment of electronic communications networks and facilities; improving water-use licensing processes; corporatising the Transnet National Ports Authority; finalising and implementing the White Paper on National Rail Policy and implementing e-Visa and visa waivers.