Committee Report on Third Quarter National Expenditure: Deliberations

Budget Committee on Appropriation

23 May 2008
Chairperson: Ms L Mabe (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee considered the expenditure report and made vernacular, grammatical and structural amendments. The report was adopted, with recommendations. Minutes of previous Committee meetings were also adopted.

Meeting report

Draft Committee Report on Third Quarter National Expenditure
The Committee deliberated on the Report and recommended that specific editorial and structural changes needed to be made.

With regards to current expenditure, the Committee was uniformly concerned about various departments such as the Departments of Sport and Recreation and Social Development, who had been allocated funds for employee compensation, but was still under-spending by not filling vacant posts.

In terms of capital expenditure it was predicted by the Committee that the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry would again be under spending.
The Committee was concerned about the South African Management Development Institute’s (SAMDI) over expenditure on its capital budget since 2006. 

Members were also concerned about the monitoring of transfer expenditure and noted that adequate and effective monitoring of transfers and subsidies was not always possible. They noted that the monitoring of these funds was of vital importance as transfers and subsidies fell into the largest economic classification.

The Committee emphasized the importance of the need for more effective skills development through the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and SAMDI, as well as the the production of more jobs.

The Committee adopted the Report with all relevant recommendations.

Adoption of minutes
The Committee adopted its draft minutes for meetings held on the 26, 29 February and for 7, 14, 26 and 28 March 2008.

The meeting was adjourned.


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