Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Free State Department Budget for 2016-17


Integrated and responsive governance towards sustainable development and service delivery


The Department strives to strengthen cooperative governance and support municipalities and Traditional Leadership through:

  • Integrated Planning and Development
  • Partnerships
  • Research
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Main services

  • To oversee and co-ordinate the establishment, monitoring, regulating, strengthening, supporting and capacitating of municipalities in terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

  • To monitor, evaluate and provide feedback on the financial performance of District and Local Municipalities.

  • To monitor, evaluate and provide feedback to District and Local Municipalities towards compliance with key pieces of Local Government finance related legislation and regulations.

  • To mobilise resources, expertise and support programs towards enhancing the financial management and overall financial position of District and Local Municipalities.

  • To ensure public accountability and transparency on Local Government level.

  • To integrate and coordinate disaster management policy

  • To prevent and/or reduce the risk of disasters

  • To mitigate the severity of disasters

  • To ensure that emergency preparedness is rapid and to render effective response to disasters and post disaster recovery

  • To render professional advice regarding the physical and spatial elements of land development

  • To manage the process of integrated development planning by municipalities

  • To ensure safe, salubrious, economic and environmentally friendly development

  • To submit all applications for land development and land use changes to the Townships Board for consideration and in turn submit the recommendations of the Townships Board to the MEC

  • To ensure the upgrading of land tenure rights in the Free State, conduct investigations and lodge deeds of transfer in terms of the Conversion of Certain Rights into Leasehold or Ownership Act, 1988 (Act 81/1988)

  • To facilitate the opening of township registers as well as assisting municipalities and to access available state land for developmental purposes

  • To oversee and co-ordinate the establishment, monitoring, regulating, strengthening, supporting and capacitating of traditional leadership in terms of the Constitution

  • To advise Government on matters pertaining to traditional leadership

  • To investigate matters referred to the House and take remedial action

  • To promote the institution of traditional leadership

  • To build the capacity of traditional leadership

  • To monitor the performance of traditional leadership

  • To provide Secretariat support service to traditional leadership

  • To conduct anthropological research on traditional leadership and develop archives (database)

  • To support traditional leadership through mobilizing resources, expertise and development and support programmes and monitor the extent to which traditional leadership complies with legislation.

The Budget Cycle

2016-17 Budget

The Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (EPRE) 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 Estimates of Provincial Expenditure documents.

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

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

Development and Planning
House of Traditional Leaders
Local Governance
Traditional Institutional Management

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 - Machinery and equipment
Transfers and subsidies - Households
Transfers and subsidies - Non-profit institutions
Transfers and subsidies - Provinces and municipalities

2016-17 Adjusted Budget

The Adjusted Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (AEPRE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.

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Implementation data coming soon

Planned compared to historical 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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