Energy

National Department Budget for 2017-18

Vote purpose

Formulate energy policies, regulatory frameworks and legislation, and oversee their implementation, to ensure energy security, the promotion of environmentally friendly energy carriers, and access to affordable and reliable energy for all South Africans.

Mandate

The Department of Energy is mandated to ensure the secure and sustainable provision of energy, in support of socioeconomic development. It aims to achieve this by developing an integrated energy plan for the entire energy sector and regulating energy industries, and promoting investment in accordance with the integrated resource plan for electricity. A number of acts regulate the energy sector and reflect the legislative measures the department has instituted to govern the energy sector.

  • Key among these are:

  • the National Energy Act (2008)

  • the Petroleum Products Act (1977)

  • the Electricity Regulation Act (2006).

  • The National Energy Act (2008) sets out the core aspects of the department’s mandate and is the enabling legislation that empowers the Minister of Energy to:

  • ensure that diverse energy resources are available in sustainable quantities and at affordable prices in the South African economy to support economic growth and poverty alleviation, while taking into account environmental considerations

  • plan for the increased generation and consumption of renewable energy, a contingency energy supply, the holding of strategic energy feedstock and carriers, adequate investment in appropriate upkeep, and access to energy infrastructure

  • collect data and information regarding energy demand, supply and generation

  • promote electricity regulation, energy research and the efficient generation and consumption of energy.

The department is also mandated to regulate the petroleum industry at the manufacturing, wholesale and retail levels through the implementation of the Petroleum Products Act (1977). The Petroleum and Liquid Fuels Charter is annexed to the Petroleum Products Amendment Act (2003), and outlines the department’s strategy to effect transformation in the industry.

In terms of its policy mandate, the department is working with a range of documents and legislation that support the long-term vision for South Africa to use as much renewable energy as possible; create the necessary conditions to stimulate an efficient electricity market; and position South Africa to become globally competitive in the use of innovative technology for the design, manufacture and deployment of state-of-the-art nuclear energy systems, power reactors and nuclear fuel cycle systems.

The Budget Cycle
Plan

2017-18 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 2017-18

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
Clean Energy
Electrification and Energy Programme and Project Management
Energy Policy and Planning
Nuclear Energy
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Regulation

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

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

Administration
Clean Energy
Electrification and Energy Programme and Project Management
Energy Policy and Planning
Nuclear Energy
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Regulation

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 - Departmental agencies and accounts
Transfers and subsidies - Foreign governments and international organisations
Transfers and subsidies - Households
Transfers and subsidies - Provinces and municipalities
Transfers and subsidies - Public corporations and private enterprises
Implement

2017-18 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
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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
2013-14 Audited Outcome
2014-15 Audited Outcome
2015-16 Audited Outcome
2016-17 Adjusted appropriation
2017-18 Main appropriation
2018-19 Medium Term Estimates
2019-20 Medium Term Estimates

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