The national assembly has passed the Second Special Appropriation Bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence.
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 at the end of August.
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 select committee on appropriations will process the bill.