Imali Yethu and Vulekamali

Imali Yethu, Civil Society Coalition for Open Budgets

Imali Yethu is a coalition of civil society organisations working with the South African National Treasury to make budget information more accessible, user-friendly and empowering. Imali Yethu is driven by an interest in promoting budget transparency and public participation.

Vulekamali, SA Online Budget Data

National Treasury has been working in partnership with IMALI YETHU to develop an easily accessible online budget data portal. This portal has recently been named ‘Vulekamali.’ Through Vulekamali, National Treasury continues to entrench its commitment to transparency and budget participation reforms.

As is well known internationally through ranking in the 2017 Open Budget Index (OBI), South Africa came 1st out of 115 countries, sharing this position with New Zealand. National Treasury already publishes extensive budgetary information on its website, however it has been observed over time that the use of this data is not as extensive as it could be. Furthermore, the OBI report shows that South Africa can improve on public participation. The portal will therefore publish easily accessible data in a user-friendly format, to enable more effective information sharing, analyses and research. The portal will support involvement by civil society and the public in the budget process and enable citizens to have informed discussions in different government policy areas.

About the Online Budget Data Portal project

Learn more about the new Online Budget Data Portal that is being built to help you understand the country's finances in a simple way.

Why the budget is important to all South Africans

Find out why the national budget is important to all South Africans, and how can help you explore and understand the budget.

How can the budget portal help you?

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How to participate in the budget process?

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A budget document explained

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