Play a significant role in reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality
through pursuing the objectives of full and productive employment and decent
work for all, including: employment creation and enterprise development;
standards and rights at work including equality of opportunities; social
protection; and social dialogue.
The Department of Labour derives its legislative mandate from the
Constitution, and this is given effect through a number of acts that regulate
labour matters in South Africa. The most important of these are the Labour
Relations Act (1995), the Basic Condition of Employment Act (1997), the
Employment Equity Act (1998), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (1993),
and the Employment Services Act (2014).
The policy mandate of the department is to regulate the labour market through
policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, which
are aimed at:
improving economic efficiency and productivity
facilitating decent employment creation
promoting labour standards and fundamental rights at work
providing adequate social safety nets to protect vulnerable workers
promoting and enforcing sound labour relations
eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace
enhancing occupational health and safety awareness and compliance in the workplace
giving value to social dialogue in the formulation of sound, and responsive legislation and policies to attain labour market flexibility for competitiveness of enterprises, balanced with the promotion of decent employment.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the budget for the new financial year.
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 Estimates of National Expenditure documents.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.
Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.
The Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure (AENE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.
These charts show changes to the spending plans originally published in the Estimates of National Expenditure. Details of these changes are published in the Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure.
Total adjustment to the original budget for this department.
Changes to planned spending between categories within this department.
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:
Compare the adjusted appropriation to the main appropriation to see whether changes were made in the adjustments budget to the appropriations set out in the budget. The audited outcome shows what was actually spent.
Note: Direct charges against the National Revenue Fund are excluded.
Read more in the Annual Report on the department's website.
Compare the amount of budget allocated to each of this deparment’s programmes at each phase in the process leading up to the Audited Outcome
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