Parliament, the Budget and Poverty in South Africa. A Shift in Power: A Shift in Power

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Len Verwey, Kate Lefko-Everett, Ahmed Mohamed, Musa Zamisa
African Books Collective, Dec 31, 2008 - Political Science - 100 pages
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Effective and transparent government budgeting is vital to any democracy In South Africa, massive poverty, inequality and unemployment remain, despite the successful political transformation, citizens and Parliament have a particularly important role to play in shaping budget policy and overseeing its implementation

South Africa reached a crossroads in fiscal governance when it passed the Money Bills Amendment Act in 2009, a law which granted Parliament strong powers to amend the budget prepared by the executive

This publication explores the content of the new law as well as the challenges and opportunities arising from it. It also discusses the role of Parliament in ensuring pro-poor budgeting

Good fiscal governance is too important for the wellbeing of South Africans to not be a part of our public conversations.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PROPOOR BUDGETING GENERAL REFLECTIONS AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN SITUATION
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SOUTH AFRICAS NEW PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET PROCESS AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT
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BUDGET OVERSIGHT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
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BUDGET OVERSIGHT AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN BUDGET OFFICE
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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BUDGETING OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED BY NEW AMENDMENT POWERS
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CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS ON MONEY BILLS
95
PRINCIPLES FOR AMENDING THE FISCAL FRAMEWORK AND MONEY BILLS IN SOUTH AFRICAS NEW LEGISLATION
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ENDNOTES
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