Parliament, the Budget and Poverty in South Africa. A Shift in Power: A Shift in Power
Len Verwey, Kate Lefko-Everett, Ahmed Mohamed, Musa Zamisa
African Books Collective, Dec 31, 2008 - Political Science - 100 pages
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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SOUTH AFRICAS NEW PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET PROCESS AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT
BUDGET OVERSIGHT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
BUDGET OVERSIGHT AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN BUDGET OFFICE
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BUDGETING OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED BY NEW AMENDMENT POWERS
CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS ON MONEY BILLS
PRINCIPLES FOR AMENDING THE FISCAL FRAMEWORK AND MONEY BILLS IN SOUTH AFRICAS NEW LEGISLATION
accountability Ajam allocative efficiency amendment powers apartheid appropriate Assessment audit Bills Amendment Procedure budget policy budget process budgetary capacity Cape Town challenges Chapter citizens civil society organisations Constitution Cosatu debates democracy democratic departments division of revenue draft bill economic effective oversight engage ensure executive expenditure finance committee Finance Management Act fiscal framework fiscal oversight fiscal policy funds Idasa impact implementation in-year institutional Krafchik legislative budget legislative oversight medium-term ment minister Money Bills Amendment MTBPS National Assembly National Treasury NCOP Nijzink number of submissions outcomes Parliament parliamentary budget office participation in budgeting participatory participatory budgeting percent performance PFMA political Polokwane poor portfolio committees poverty alleviation poverty line priorities pro-poor programmes proposed provincial legislatures public participation reports role sector Seedat Semi-presidential system service delivery social capital South Africa spending Thabo Mbeki tion tive Trevor Manuel Washington D.C. Wehner World Bank World Bank Institute