Environmental Affairs

National Department Budget for 2017-18 www.environment.gov.za

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 realise 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

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 Estimates of National Expenditure documents.

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

2017-18 Adjusted Budget

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

Budget changes in the Adjusted Budget

Total adjustments
0.0%

Total adjustment to the original budget for this department.

Value of virements
0.7%

Changes to planned spending between categories within this department.

Adjustments by type

No adjustments were made to the total budget of this department

Total adjustments by economic classification
Total adjustments by programme
Implement
Please note
Implementation data coming soon
Review

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
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

Budgeted and actual expenditure comparison

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.

Please note
Please note that the data for 2014 has not been published on vulekamali.
Main appropriation
Adjusted appropriation
Final appropriation
Audited outcome

Budgeted and actual expenditure comparison by programme

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

Main appropriation
Adjusted appropriation
Final appropriation
Audited outcome
Chemicals and Waste Management
Legal, Authorisations and Compliance
Climate Change and Air Quality
Oceans and Coasts
Biodiversity and Conservation
Administration
Environmental Programmes
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