Department Of Public Works Budget
The Departmental budget allocation over the medium term (three financial years or the Medium -Term Expenditure Framework – MTEF period) is R25.5 billion, and the funding will be spent to meet the 7 Priorities of government an in specific to:
Accelerated infrastructure investment for economic growth Transform our economy the built environment and enable job creation Proactively ensure spatial transformation and redress through leveraging state assets And provide a dignified experience for our client departments, the civil servant working in a government building, be it a police officer or nurse and ultimately to every South African that visits a government building.
The Department’s budget allocation for this financial year is R8.3 billion.
The departmental budget for transfers and subsidies with the inclusion of transfer payments to the Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE) and EPWP is equivalent to R7.3 billion of the total allocation for 2021/22.
For the 2021/22 financial year, the Department will be disbursing allocations to eligible public bodies in the EPWP for the following sectors:
R1.18 billion in the 2021/22 financial year in the Infrastructure, Environment & Culture and the Social sectors through the integrated grant incentives for Provinces and Municipalities, with an estimated total number of 81 850 work opportunities
R1 billion in the 2021/22 financial year for the Non-state Sector Programme, with an estimated total of 52 189 work opportunities
R414 million in the Social Sector in the 2021/22 financial year for Provinces, with an estimated total of 16 243 work opportunities.
For the financial year which ended on 31 March 2021, the EPWP has transferred 99.9 per cent of the budget, with R1.8 million being withheld due to non-compliance by provinces.
For the financial year which ended on 31 March 2021, the following demographic targets were achieved in EPWP opportunities: A total of 69% of EPWP opportunities went to women 42% of opportunities went to youth
And 1% for Persons with Disabilities.
House chairperson, both the Auditor-General of South Africa and Members of the Portfolio Committee in Parliament have raised concerns about the reporting by provinces and municipalities of EPWP.
In 2020/21, the Department conducted a social audit pilot study in the City of Ekurhuleni Metro, Steve Tshwete Local Municipality and Nkangala District Municipality to assess the impact of the EPWP Programme in communities.