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Parliament Passes Second Adjustments Appropriation Bill

December 11, 2020

Parliament

Parliament has passed the Second Adjustments Appropriation Bill and sent it to president Ramaphosa for assent.

The bill was tabled in parliament on 28 October 2020 during the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence last week.

The bill aims to effect adjustments to the appropriation of money from the National Revenue Fund for the requirements of the State in respect of the 2020/21 financial year; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

In an earlier statement, parliament declared that the standing committee on appropriations recommended that the finance minister must ensure that national treasury reports to the committee on the disbursement and utilisation of the R12.6 billion proposed allocation for the presidential employment interventions.

“The Committee wants to exercise its oversight function on this expenditure and the number of employment opportunities it creates for South Africans who have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The committee also recommended that the finance minister review the financial sources for funding South African Airways (SAA) and find alternatives that do not undermine service delivery and development programmes in the 2021 Appropriations Bill.

The select committee on appropriations passed the bill without amendments.

In its report, the committee recommended that treasury submits a detailed report and conditions to the committee, before the 2021 Budget is tabled, regarding the use of the R10.5 billion allocation earmarked for the SAA business rescue plan; the finance and health ministers should ensure that funds are made available to build the necessary capacity to implement the National Health Insurance, given the effects of COVID-19; the finance and tourism ministers should ensure that the R540 million set aside for a tourism equity fund is used effectively and treasury should provide parliament with more details on how zero-based budgeting will be operationalised and what effect it will have on the current budget cycle.