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South Africa

Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker

December 2016 Update

To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.

South Africa

Open Budget Survey 2015December 2016 Update
Pre-Budget StatementAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Executive's Budget ProposalAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Enacted BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Citizens BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
In-Year ReportsAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Mid-Year ReviewAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Year-End ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Audit ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public

As of 31 December 2016, the government of South Africa makes all of the eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. These are the same documents found to be publicly available in the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014.

For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.


2015

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Country Summary - English Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 86/100 

The Government of South Africa provides the public with extensive budget information.

Public Participation 65/100 

The Government of South Africa provides the public with adequate opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight  

By legislature 85/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in South Africa is adequate.

By auditor 100/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in South Africa is adequate.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency[1]

The findings of the OBI indicate that, to improve its national budget transparency, South Africa should increase the comprehensiveness of the Enacted Budget by presenting information on revenues and borrowing along with the expenditure information already provided.

Improving Participation

South Africa should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  • Establish formal regulations that oblige the executive to engage with the public during each stage of the budget cycle.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.
  • Provide detailed feedback on how public assistance and participation has been used by the supreme audit institution.
Improving Oversight

South Africa should prioritize the following action to strengthen budget oversight:

  • Ensure the Executive’s Budget Proposal is provided to legislators at least three months before the start of the budget year.

[1] For further recommendations beyond central budget transparency in South Africa, see the full country summary.

 



2010

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Country Summary Questionnaire

2008

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Country Summary Questionnaire

2006

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Country Summary Questionnaire



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