Nene gives money for Ebola, Mandela's funeral


Treasury has had to pump hundreds of millions of rand into various departments to cover unexpected spending on, among others, Ebola control, former President Nelson Mandela's funeral and damage caused by natural disasters.

The revised national expenditure estimates were included in Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The revised estimates are:

-- R66.3 million in funds rolled over arising from commitments related to unspent balances in 2013/14;

-- R620m for digital broadcast migration;

-- R350m to cover the impact of the depreciation of the rand on foreign-currency denominated expenditure;

-- R67.4m for expenditure incurred for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela;

-- R65.7m for the 2014 national macro organisation of the state;

-- R63.1m for contractual penalties incurred by Denel Aerostructures related to the A400M military aircraft contracts;

-- R34.6m for water infrastructure interventions;

-- R32.6m for the introduction of Ebola control and prevention measures in South Africa, and for the deployment of mobile laboratories, experts, training and technical support to affected countries;

-- R15m for claims received from the Compensation Fund related to the administration of public servant occupational diseases and on-duty injury claims;

-- R4.3m for the relocation of the Gauteng regional office of the department of mineral resources due to fire damage;

-- R705.1m refunded to departments for monies paid directly into the National Revenue Fund from department-specific activities;


-- R1 billion that will not be spent in 2014/15, and has been declared unspent funds by departments.

Revised allocations to municipalities include:

-- R157m for the repair of infrastructure damaged by natural disasters; and

-- R81.7m rolled over from unspent balances in 2013/14

Revised provincial allocations include:

-- R9.7m rolled over from unspent balances in 2013/14

-- R397.7m shifted from the indirect school infrastructure backlogs grant in the national sphere to the education infrastructure grant; and

-- R262m shifted from the indirect national health grant in the national sphere to the health facility revitalisation grant.


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