Summary of the 2013 Budget Speech
Summary of the 2013 Budget Speech delivered in Parliament on 27 February 2013:
The 2013 Budget provides for a continued growth and spending, and provides for the three-year public service wage agreement signed last year.
- 2013 Budget to take the National Development Plan (NDP) as a point of departure and takes its long-term vision
- Good news: No Tax increases this year, and there’s personal tax relief of R7bn.
- Tax revenue was lower than expected due to weak economic growth and disruptions seen in the mining sector and others
- As a result, no extra spending than reprioritization
- Incentivize youth unemployment by
- Spending budget from now on will be based on the 2011 Census, which showed that 62% South Africans now stay in cities
- As a result, Municipal Infrastructural Grants (MIGs) will be adjusted accordingly to take this change into consideration
- Government to share the costs of expanding job opportunities with the private sector
- Debt will remain stable and just higher than 40% of the country’s GDP
- Provinces provided more than 40% of the overall budget to spend on health, education and other basic services
- Alongside social assistance, access to health care is a vital element in the social wage.
- There has been progress in reducing mortality and improving our HIV and TB programmes, and an expansion in medical and nurse training capacity is under way.
- Pilot national health insurance projects have been initiated this year in ten districts, and will include improvements to health facilities, contracting with general practitioners and financial management reforms.
- A new conditional grant is introduced this year to enable the national Department of Health to play a greater role in coordinating these reforms.
- The initial phase of NHI development will not place new revenue demands on the fiscus.
- Over the longer term, however, it is anticipated that a tax increase will be needed.
- The National Treasury is working with the Department of Health to examine the funding arrangements and system reforms required for NHI.
- A discussion paper inviting public comment on various options will be published this year.
- Consolidated spending on health and social protection is R268 billion in 2013/14.
- Health infrastructure remains a priority.
- In 2012, a total of 1 967 health facilities and 49 nursing colleges were in different stages of planning, construction and refurbishment (in 2011 government announced that 105 nursing colleges will be revitalized countrywide).
- Substantial improvements in the social assistance payments system are in progress, providing easier access by recipients to their grants.
- The cost of social grants payments has been reduced from R32 to R16 per disbursement.