Budget: additional R11.523 billion in allocations

The 2012/13 budget adjustments tabled by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the National Assembly on Thursday, provide for an additional R11.523 billion in vote allocations.

This includes roll-overs of R1.506 billion, unforeseeable and unavoidable spending of R2.273 billion, higher than expected personnel remuneration increase costs of R5.480 billion, and self-financing spending of R440.1 million.

According to the 2012 Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure document, the department of water affairs department had the largest number of budgetary roll-overs, at R416 million, with about a third of this amount allocated to addressing acid mine drainage.

Another environmental issue, listed as an unforeseeable and unavoidable expense, was the R20 million removal of the Seli 1 shipwreck from the Bloubergstrand beach in Cape Town.

The document detailed other unforeseeable and unavoidable costs.

A total of R450 million had to be allocated for the refurbishment of Mthatha Airport in the Eastern Cape, and R375 million for environmental job creation projects in the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Arms manufacturer Denel was allocated R118 million for the seventh indemnity claim, under an indemnity agreement with the government, for the A400M aircraft contracts.

Under self-financing, the transport department listed R297 million it had collected from vehicle registration transaction fees, which it would use for the maintenance and upgrade of the electronic National Transport Information System.

Gordhan said a contingency reserve of R5.780 billion was set aside in the budget, as well as an unallocated amount of R30 million.

Savings of R3.021 billion had been declared, a repayment of R500 million was to be made into the National Revenue Fund, and a decrease in state debt costs was projected to be R593.6 million.

Over and above this, budget spending projections also indicated a possible R3.5 billion in underspending.

“If this projection is fully realised, the revised total level of spending would be R967.463 billion, representing a decrease of R1.902 billion in aggregate from the Budget spending estimate of R969.365 billion,” he said.

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Budget: additional R11.523 billion in allocations