Section 10 (1) of the Constitution provides that: “The legislative authority of a province is vested in its provincial legislature. Section 114(1) and (2) of the Constitution provide further for the powers of a Provincial Legislature to include; (a) the consideration, passing, amendment or rejection of bills; (b) to initiate or prepare legislation, except money bills; (c) to ensure that all provincial executive organs of state in the province are accountable to it and (d) to maintain oversight of the exercise of provincial executive authority in the province, including the implementation of legislation and any provincial organ of state.
In addition to its constitutional mandate and obligations, the general and specific powers of the Legislature are set out in Rules 127 to 130 of the Standing Rules and Orders.
The Legislature has developed a range of policies pertaining to elected representatives, political parties, staff and various institutional practices in order to guide and regulate the daily implementation of services and projects. In respect of such policies, the review highlighted the need to ensure that existing shortcomings and weaknesses are identified and that key legislation and good governance principles, are incorporated into the existing policy framework.
The provincial strategic outcomes developed by the Executive are the key points of departure that define the priorities for the province. Within this framework, the Legislature has to engage with and identify whether there are any gaps or whether enabling policy is required to support the achievement of provincial goals. The Legislature, also has to prioritise how it will meaningfully perform oversight to ensure delivery against the stated strategies.
The vision of the Free State Legislature is in line with its mandate as derived from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996). The vision encapsulates the core principles of the Legislature as follows; “An Activist Legislature that Champions Democracy”.
To promote good governance and a culture of human rights through oversight, law-making and public participation.
The Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (EPRE) is a book published along with the
tabling of the budget for the new financial year.
A department's programmes are the activities that it spends money on during the
financial year. Different programmes have different budgets, depending on their objectives and available budgets. More detail on the programmes is available in the
department's Estimates of Provincial Expenditure documents.
In addition to exploring the department budget by programmes, the budget is classified according to Economic Classification.
The Economic Classification of a department's expenditure distinguishes between various categories of current expenditure and capital expenditure. The purpose of the economic classification is to categorise transactions according to type of object or input, such as compensation of employees or capital assets.
This visualisation highlights how many categories of expenditure there are for this department at Economic Classification level 4, and which ones are the biggest.
Budget programmes will differ in composition of spending, from compensation of employees, transfers to other agencies and goods and services, depending on their objective.
Select an Economic Classification to filter the data in this chart and see how much programmes spend on that category.
The Adjusted Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (AEPRE) is a book published along with the tabling of the adjusted budget.
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
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
Note: Direct charges against the National Revenue Fund are excluded.
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
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: