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Conditional grants have been used in South Africa to transfer funding to provinces and municipalities for the purpose of achieving particular national government policy objectives. This mechanism is especially important in South Africa, where the Constitution provides for equal access to basic public services, including health, education, water and welfare.
In addition to the conditional grants they receive, local government and each province are also entitled to “an equitable share of revenue raised nationally”, according to Section 214(1) of the Constitution. Equitable shares are unconditional and enable provinces and municipalities to provide the services and the functions allocated to them.
The Conditional Grant Frameworks are published as annexures to the Division of Revenue Bill, and then gazetted once the act is signed into law. These frameworks set the rules for how the funds can be used and support the administration and oversight of conditional grants.
Conditional Grant allocations to provinces and municipalities are enacted in the Division of Revenue Act.
Conditional grants are managed by national departments, which submit frameworks and allocations to National Treasury. Consultations are also held with other stakeholders; these include other national and provincial departments, the South African Local Government Association, NGOs, the office of the Auditor-General, and civil society organisations. Departmental ministers and MECs provide feedback from previous grant spending which informs changes to grant rules and allocations in subsequent years.
Aside from the Constitution, which provides for equitable division of all revenue raised nationally, the annual Division of Revenue Bill contains information related to conditional grant allocations. This can be found in:
The Division of Revenue Bill includes the value of grants for the budget year and projected grants for the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period.
Big announcements are made about national spending in the first quarter of each year. These include how the national budget will be spent, who can approve spending and how grants will be allocated in the coming budget year. With this information, you can:
Vulekamali makes information available for all provincial and municipal Conditional Grants. A copy of the gazetted frameworks, in PDF format, can be viewed and downloaded for free here.
The allocations of Conditional Grants are available in the annexes to the Division of Revenue Bill.
The frameworks for all provincial Conditional Grants can be found on vulekamali.gov.za under the Data and Analysis tab.
Each PDF contains the following sections: