Environmental Affairs

National Department Budget for 2016-17

Vote purpose

Lead South Africa’s environmental sector to achieve sustainable development towards a better quality of life for all.

Mandate

The Department of Environmental Affairs is mandated to give effect to the right of citizens to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing, and to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations. To this end, the department provides leadership in environmental management, conservation and protection towards sustainability for the benefit of South Africans and the global community.

This mandate is derived from the following legislation:

  • the National Environmental Management Act (1998), which provides for issue specific legislation on: biodiversity and heritage resources; oceans and coasts; climate change and air quality management; and waste and chemicals management

  • the National Environmental Management Amendment Act (2004), which streamlines the process of regulating and administering the environmental impact assessment process

  • the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Amendment Act (2009), which provides for the assignment of national parks, special parks and heritage sites to South Africa in terms of the World Heritage Convention Act (1999)

  • the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (2004), which significantly reforms South Africa’s laws regulating biodiversity

  • the National Environmental Management: Air Quality and Atmospheric Act (2004), which reforms the law regulating air quality in order to protect the environment by providing reasonable measures for preventing pollution and ecological degradation, securing ecologically sustainable development, and provides for national norms and standards regulating air quality monitoring

  • the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (2008), which reforms the law regulating waste management in order to protect health and the environment by providing reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution

  • the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act (2008), which promotes the conservation of the coastal environment and ensures sustainable development practices and the use of natural resources.

The Budget Cycle
Plan

2016-17 Budget

The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.

Programme budgets for 2016-17

A department's programmes are the activities that it spends money on during the financial year. Different programmes have different expenditure budgets, depending on their requirements and available finances. More detail on the programmes is available in the department's documents.

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Budgeted spending by sub-programme for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.

Administration
Biodiversity and Conservation
Chemicals and Waste Management
Climate Change and Air Quality
Environmental Programmes
Legal, Authorisations and Compliance
Oceans and Coasts

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.

Administration
Biodiversity and Conservation
Chemicals and Waste Management
Climate Change and Air Quality
Environmental Programmes
Legal, Authorisations and Compliance
Oceans and Coasts

Budgeted spending by programme for Economic Classification items

Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.

Current payments - Compensation of employees
Current payments - Goods and services
Payments for capital assets - Buildings and other fixed structures
Payments for capital assets - Machinery and equipment
Transfers and subsidies - Departmental agencies and accounts
Transfers and subsidies - Foreign governments and international organisations
Transfers and subsidies - Households
Transfers and subsidies - Non-profit institutions
Transfers and subsidies - Public corporations and private enterprises
Implement

2016-17 Adjusted Budget

The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.

Please note
The adjusted budget documents are not available yet on vulekamali.gov.za
Review

Budgeted and Actual Expenditure

Budgeted and actual expenditure/allocations for a department can increase or decrease from year to year. Changes in expenditure for a department can be because of changes in the activities of the department, because of changes in priorities between departments, because of cost efficiencies or because of increases in the price of goods and services due to inflation.

The chart shows the department’s actual expenditure for past years, and budgeted expenditure for the current year and the upcoming three years of the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF). By adjusting these numbers to take inflation into account, it is possible to determine if a department’s expenditure is really increasing or decreasing in real terms, as compared to the rest of the economy.

Previous financial years indicate actual expenditure while upcoming financial years indicate estimated expenditure:

Year Phase
2012-13 Audited Outcome
2013-14 Audited Outcome
2014-15 Audited Outcome
2015-16 Adjusted appropriation
2016-17 Main appropriation
2017-18 Medium Term Estimates
2018-19 Medium Term Estimates

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