Provide leadership and coordination of health services to promote the health
of all people in South Africa through an accessible, caring and high quality
health system, based on the primary health care approach.
The Department of Health derives its mandate from the National Health Act
(2003), which requires that the department provide a framework for a
structured and uniform health system for South Africa. The act sets out the
responsibilities of the three levels of government in the provision of health
services. The department contributes directly to the realisation of outcome 2
(a long and healthy life for all South Africans) of government’s 2014-2019
medium-term strategic framework.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: