Social Development

Western Cape Department Budget for 2017-18


A self-reliant society.


To ensure the provision of a comprehensive network of social development services that enables and empowers the poor, the vulnerable and those with special needs.

Main services and core functions

The department is committed to the following two core functions:

  • A Social Welfare Service to the poor and vulnerable in partnership with stakeholders and civil society organisations; and

  • A Community Development Service that provides sustainable developmental programmes, which facilitate empowerment of communities.

Working in partnership with communities, stakeholders and civil society organisations to provide the following:

Child care and protection services to approximately 100 000 children in terms of the Children’s Act and Child Justice Act (including children in foster care, adoptions, temporary safe care, child and youth care centres, early childhood development and after-school care services) as well as family and parenting support services to approximately 25 000 families;

  • Implementation of programmes for the prevention of and treatment for substance abuse to approximately 12 500 people (which includes awareness about foetal alcohol syndrome; early intervention programmes; services that are regulated by legislation as well as after care programmes);

  • Services to support approximately 20 000 victims of violence and trauma (including shelters services,psycho social support, and support to victims of human trafficking);
  • Social crime prevention services to approximately 17 000 people (including probation and diversion services);

  • Specialised support services to approximately 80 000 disabled persons, their families and caregivers and approximately 25 000 older persons including residential care); and

  • Emergency social relief and poverty alleviation services, sustainable development and research programmes which facilitate empowerment of communities, based on empirical research and demographic information (including youth development programmes, expansion of youth cafes from three to eight over the MTEF and targeted community nutrition programmes).
The Budget Cycle

2017-18 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 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 Provincial Expenditure documents.

Budgeted spending by sub-programme for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.

Children and Families
Development and Research
Restorative Services
Social Welfare Services

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

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

Children and Families
Development and Research
Restorative Services
Social Welfare Services

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 - Households
Transfers and subsidies - Non-profit institutions

2017-18 Adjusted Budget

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

Please note
The tables in EPRE chapter (Excel) is not available yet
Please note
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
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.

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
Development and Research
Restorative Services
Children and Families
Social Welfare Services
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