The Budget Justice Coalition

Budgeting In A Time of Austerity

Budgeting In A Time of Austerity

It’s no secret that the South African economy has been on its knees for some time now. In February 2020, we were officially declared to be in a state of recession- which is when the economy sees a fall in GDP for two consecutive quarters. This decline is increasingly attributed to the persistence of fiscal consolidation or austerity as an economic policy. These economic constraints […]

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SUBMISSION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY)

SUBMISSION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY)

INTRODUCTION This submission is made in response to an invitation for making written submissions on the 2020 Appropriation Bill, the purpose of which is to appropriate money from the National Revenue Fund for the requirements of the State for the 2020/21. Our submission is made at a time when the lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences for the economy which […]

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BUDGETING IN AN ERA OF AUSTERITY AND STATE CAPTURE: A FIVE-YEAR REVIEW OF BUDGET POLICIES AND OUTCOMES

This submission is informed by a range of civil society organisations (CSOs) who are part of the Budget Justice Coalition, including the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), the Children’s Institute at UCT, the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI), Equal Education (EE), Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), the National Shelter Movement, OxfamSA, Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity (PMEJD), the Public […]

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CIVIL SOCIETY SUBMISSION RELATING TO COMBATING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

2019 Budget not serious about addressing Gender Based Violence This submission focuses on analysing the budget in relation to combating Genderbased Violence (GBV) and femicide. Unfortunately, despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s pronouncements in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) just two weeks ago, there is no evidence in the budget delivered by Minister Tito Mboweni on 20 February 2019 that government is serious about ending […]

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THE PEOPLE’S ADJUSTED BUDGET 2018-2019

What is the Adjusted Budget? Six months after the beginning of the financial year, an Adjusted Budget is tabled which shows how government is planning to change its spending plans to deal with any unexpected circumstances. Unused funds, including the money from its rainy day fund and money which departments do not think that they are going to spend, are moved or removed through the […]

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SUBMISSION BY THE BUDGET JUSTICE COALITION (BJC) ON THE 2018 MEDIUM TERM BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT (MTBPS) & THE 2018 ADJUSTMENTS APPROPRIATION BILL TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

This submission is informed by a range of civil society organisations (CSOs) who are part of the Budget Justice Coalition (BJC), including the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), the Children’s Institute at UCT, the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) at UWC, Equal Education (EE), Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity (PMEJD), the Public Service Accountability […]

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SUBMISSION BY THE BUDGET JUSTICE COALITION (BJC) ON THE 2018 MEDIUM TERM BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT (MTBPS) TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE STANDING AND SELECT COMMITTEES ON FINANCE

The primary purpose of this submission is to highlight areas within the selected programmes that are in need of concerted interventions in relation to budgeting and planning, following the tabling of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), the Adjustments Estimates and Adjustment Appropriations Bill by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni on 24 October 2018. Each of the organisations that contributed to this submission […]

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AUSTERITY IN THE MIDST OF INEQUALITY THREATENS HUMAN RIGHTS

AUSTERITY IN THE MIDST OF INEQUALITY THREATENS HUMAN RIGHTS

  This factsheet examines the enjoyment of economic and social rights in South Africa, ahead of the country’s first appearance before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in October 2018. Specifically, it uses indicators based on national and international data sources to explore whether the South African government is fulfilling its obligations under Article 2(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social […]

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SUBMISSION BY THE BUDGET JUSTICE COALITION ON THE REPORT OF THE PANEL OF EXPERTS ON MITIGATING THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE VAT INCREASE FOR POOR AND LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS

This submission is made in response to the call by National Treasury for public comment on the report by the Panel for the review of the current list of zero-rated VAT items. As raised in our submissions to Parliament on the 2018 Budget and the draft Rates and Monetary Amounts Amendment Bill, we are concerned about the negative effects the increase to the VAT rate […]

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2018 NATIONAL BUDGET DIALOGUE ON THE SA APPROPRIATION BILL

SPII was invited as a key Respondent to one of the first Consultative process organised by the Standing Committee on Appropriations following the tabling of the national Budget in February this year. SPII is active in promoting broader participation in the budgeting process which is supported by our analysis as part of our Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Project. Download report

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