Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs on the Performance of the Department of Environmental Affairs for the 2010/11 Financial Year, dated 19th October 2011

 

The Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs (Committee), having assessed the performance of the Department of Environmental Affairs (the Department), reports as follows:

1.†††††††† Introduction

1.1††††††† The mandate of the Committee

The mandate of the Portfolio Committee is underpinned by the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, (the Constitution), Parliamentís vision and mission statement and the rules of the National Assembly.

The mandate and the role of the Committee is therefore to:

         Conduct oversight, on behalf of the public, over the Department, to ensure the executive enforcement of environmental rights as enshrined in the Constitution. Section 24 of the Constitution guarantees all South Africans a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being;

         Oversee and review all matters of public interest relating to the environmental sector and economic development to ensure service delivery;

         Regulate and review all matters of public interest relating to the environmental sector to ensure service delivery;

         Ensure compliance by the Department and its entities with relevant legislation;

         Promote public participation in issues pertaining to the environmental sector;and

         Monitor the expenditure of the Department and its entities and ensure regular reporting to the Portfolio Committee, within the scope of accountability and transparency.

 

According to Section 5 of the Money Bills Amendment Procedure and Related Matters Act, the National Assembly, through its Committees, must annually assess the performance of each national department. The Committee must submit an annual Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) for each Department that falls under its oversight responsibilities for tabling in the National Assembly. The Committee on Appropriations should consider these when it is considering and reporting on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to the House.

The Committee considered and recommended the adoption of the Budget of the Department on 20 April 2011. The committee, in compiling this report, interacted and engaged with the following source documents:

         The Annual Report of the Department for 2010/11, in terms of Section 65 of the Public Finance Management, Act 1 of 1996, which requires the Minister to table the annual report and financial statement for the Department and its respective public entities to Parliament.

         Section 32 Expenditure reports, in terms of the Public Service Finance Management Act of 1999 and reports of the first quarter of 2011/12 financial year; and

         The report of the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) on the financial statements of the Department for 2010/11.

 

1.2††††††† The mandate of the Department

The mandate and core business of the Department is underpinned by Section 24(b) of the Constitution, which stipulates that all South Africans have a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being and to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations. In line with the mandate, the vision and mission of the Department is to create a prosperous and equitable society that lives in harmony with the environment.

 

2.†††††††† Departmentís Strategic Priorities and Measurable Objectives

2.1††††††† Strategic Priorities of the Department

The key strategic priorities, in line with the vision and mission of the Department, over the medium term, comprise the following:

         Protecting and enhancing environmental assets, natural and heritage resources;

         Ensuring a sustainable and healthy environment;

         Contributing to sustainable economic growth, livelihoods and social cohesion;

         Providing leadership on climate change action;

         Promoting skills development and employment creation through the facilitation of green and inclusive economic growth; and

       Creating a better Africa and a better world by advancing national environmental interests through a global sustainable development agenda.

2.2††††††† Measurable Objectives of the Department

For the 2010/11 financial year, six critical programmes determined the work of the Department. Within each of the programmes, the Department identified a number of measurable objectives, which relate to the purpose of the Department:

Programme 1: Administration

The purpose is to provide strategic leadership, centralized administration and executive support and corporate services. Generally, the Department managed to attain the target set for the vacancy rate, turnover rate, website uptime and call centre requests in Programme 1. In addition, the Department exceeded its targets on BEE enterprises and share on the media voice. The Department also spent 99.9% of its allocated budget and received an unqualified audit report.

The Department was, however, unable to meet its 2% target relating to the appointment of people with disabilities. Notwithstanding, the Department has partnered with various recruitment agencies to overcome this challenge. The Department reported on the delays with respect to the construction of the new building for the Department, which were attributed to outstanding issues with the bidder, although those concerns have since been resolved and the construction will proceed during the 2011/12 financial year. Other challenges reported included the inability of the Department to respond timeously to parliamentary questions, as these often required inputs from stakeholders outside the Department, as well as finalising Presidential hotline queries.

Programme 2: Environmental Quality Protection

The purpose is to protect and improve the quality and safety of the environment to give effect to the right of all South Africans to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being. In this programme, the Department completed two National Environmental Management Frameworks (EMFs) and exceeded its target by facilitating the approval of six out of four Provincial Environmental Management Frameworks. The Department also finalised 87% of the Environmental Quality Protection complaints/incidents and conducted 16 sector based strategic compliance inspections. The Department conducted 62 compliance inspections in terms of environmental authorisation and waste licenses.

It was also stated that for the 2010/11 financial year, the Department undertook 62 reactive administrative enforcement interventions; trained 50 Environmental Management Inspectors and 244 justice officials in Environmental law, and established 42 ambient air quality monitoring stations to provide information to SAAQIS. The Department also faced some challenges in running this second programme despite those significant achievements, such as human resource capacity constraints on the processing of Environmental Impact Assessment applications within legally required timeframes. There were also delays in the stakeholder consultation process on the development of Environmental Impact Assessment procedural and technical guidelines. This work is to be prioritised in 2011/12. There was also insufficient time in finalising the 3rd South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) report due to the timing (March 2011) of the third voyage. This report was only finalised in the first quarter of 2011/12. Finally, the Department encountered challenges in rolling out the Compliance and Enforcement Information Management System in the provinces.

Programme 3: Oceans and Coastal Management

The purpose is to manage and protect South Africaís oceans and coastal resources. The Department in this financial year implemented the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, awarded a tender for the construction of the new polar vessel known as SA Agulhas II to replace the old polar vessel. All the expeditions to Marion Island/Gough/SANAE were successfully completed. However, the Department reported challenges around the finalisation of the National Plan of Action (NPOA) for sharks that could not be achieved. It suffices to note that this process was led by and depended on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is envisaged to be signed with DAFF to address this matter and enhance interdepartmental cooperation beyond this challenge. Similarly, the National Oceans Strategy could not be finalised due to outstanding stakeholder consultation process that is expected to continue in 2011/12. Delays also occurred in the finalisation of a feasibility research report on sharks with an eco-access perspective. The work is prioritised for 2011/12.

 

 

Programme 4: Climate Change

The purpose of the Climate Change Programme is to facilitate an effective national mitigation and adaptation response to climate change. During the 2010/11 financial year, the Department secured the Durban International Convention Centre as the host venue for COP17 conference and achieved reasonable progress in implementing South Africaís obligations to International Climate Change agreements. In addition, the National Climate Change Response Green Paper was published and workshops were held in nine provinces and adaptation plans in respect of biodiversity, water, agriculture and forestry were developed.

Programme 5: Biodiversity and Conservation

The purpose is to promote conservation and sustainable use of natural resources to contribute to economic growth and poverty alleviation. The achievements for this financial year include the implementation of two Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) provisions and Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) in seven provinces. All the applications relating to Bio-prospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing were processed and the Biodiversity Climate Change Strategy Framework was developed. Nonetheless, there were challenges noted by the Department, notably the lack of finalisation of the guidelines for negotiating benefit sharing due to lack of time and the complexity of agreements. Approval of the draft guidelines is to be fast-tracked in 2011/12. The implementation of the Biodiversity Research Programme lagged behind, as part of the process is within the control of the Department of Science and Technology. There are ongoing engagements with the Department of Science and Technology in this regard. Furthermore, the 8% target of Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) projects, which are financed by investors, was not met, as this depended on the willingness and participation of private sector/investors. The Department will continue with investment promotions and consider other unorthodox methods of attracting private investment in the management of protected areas.

Programme 6: Sector Services, Environmental Awareness and International Relations

The purpose of this sixth programme is to create conditions for effective corporate and cooperative governance, international cooperation and implementation of the Expanded Public Works projects in the environmental sector. The Department made some significant progress under this Programme. For example, a total of 18 493 new employment opportunities were created through the Expanded Public Works Programme, focusing on the environmental sector; 35 784 accredited person training days were created; 860 SMMEs were used as service providers by the Department; 459 youth benefited from the National Youth Service Programme; nine Provincial Environmental Education and Awareness workshops and 40 teachers were trained in three provinces; and 40 out of 50 learners completed the Environmental Training and Development Practice Learnership Programme. Furthermore, the carbon footprint report was completed; 60% success rate in the negotiations of South Africaís position on chemicals, sustainable development and trade were achieved; and the Department played a leading role in multilateral and bilateral engagements.

Notwithstanding, the Department noted three important challenges under this sixth programme, pertaining to the delay in the approval and implementation of the National Sustainable Development Strategy for which there was no international benchmarking in the year under review. However, the strategy is expected to be finalised in 2011/12. The implementation of the public education and awareness annual plan was also delayed due to the time spent on revision/alignment of climate change key messages in the plan. Similarly, the mapping of all national, provincial and local reserves was not done on time, as the consultation processes took longer than originally planned. Consequently, the outstanding work is to be prioritised and finalised in the 2011/12 financial year.

3. Analysis of the Departmentís current Strategic, Operational and Financial Framework

The Departmentís 5-year strategic plan took into account the key Government priorities as set out in the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF). It was further guided by the outcomes outlined in the Presidency Monitoring and Evaluation system, which serves as a service delivery framework for the next 5 years. The Department responded directly to outcome 10 ďProtect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resourcesĒ. However, environmental protection being a cross-cutting function, other outcomes were also integrated into the departmental strategy, plans and programmes.

The Department was also guided by the Environment Outlook Report, which provided an objective picture of the state of South Africaís environment and resource base. It is important that we take note of the report and make the necessary adjustments to secure a more sustainable future. As custodians of the environment, it is clear that we require environmental policy measures and legislation that promote long-term sustainability.

The Department has further indicated that the coming years will see the strengthening of coordination and integrative instruments, improving monitoring and evaluation systems across all spheres. The pillars of the strategy going forward are based on ensuring the enhancement of the sector through protection and conservation of the countryís environmental assets in order to improve environmental quality for its citizens and contribute to sustainable economic growth. There will also be scaling up of compliance with environmental legislation and enforcement in order to minimise land contamination, health risks and illegal trade in wildlife.

4.†††††††† Analysis of Section 32 Expenditure Reports

For the 2010/11 financial year, the Department was allocated an amount of R2 488 514 billion. However, the total budget amounted to R2 390 023 billion when the adjustments are taken into account. This has decreased the final appropriation of the Department from R2 607 794 to R2 488 514. The Department had spent R2 390 023 or 96% at the end of the 2010/11 financial year.

4.1††††††† The Overall Departmental Allocations and Expenditures 2010/11

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) was allocated an amount of R2.5 billion in the 2010/11 financial year of which R2.4 million or 96% had been spent at the end of the fourth quarter. The Department had under-spent by R98 491 million or 4% of the budget. A significant amount of this under-spending occurred in programmes 2 and 4, which spent 94.5% and 86% of their adjusted budget, respectively. In terms of economic classification, under-spending is notable under transfers to entities (R11.5 million), which was due to funds not transferred to Buyisa e-Bag because of non-compliance in relation to financial reporting. See Annex 1 that shows the breakdown of spending trends in each programme of the Department.

4.1.1†††† Programme 1: Administration

The total budget for the Administration Programme amounted to R273 million. The programme had spent R273 million or 100% of this budget at the end of the fourth quarter.

4.1.2†††† Programme 2: Environmental Quality and Protection

The total budget for the Environmental Quality and Protection Programme amounted to R313 million. The programme had spent R296 million or 94.5% of its budget at the end of the fourth quarter. This means that the programme under-spent by R17.2 million. The under-expenditure in this programme was mainly due to funds that were not transferred to Buyisa-e-Bag as it failed to submit its business plans, resulting in the funds having been rolled over to National Treasury.

4.1.3†††† Programme 3: Oceans and coastal management

Programme 3 had a budget of R166.million after adjustments. Of this budgeted amount, the programme spent R166.million or 100% of the appropriated funds by the fourth term of 2010/11 financial year.

4.1.4†††† Programme 4: Climate Change

Of the R570 million total budget allocated for this programme, R490 million or 86% was spent at the end of the fourth quarter due to the exchange rate saving from the replacement of the Polar Research Vessel.

4.1.5†††† Programme 5: Biodiversity and conservation

Programme 5 was allocated a total amount of R422 million after adjustments for the 2010/11 financial year. Of this budgeted amount, the programme had spent R422 or 100% of the allocation by the last quarter.

4.1.6†††† Programme 6: Sector Services Environmental Awareness and International Relations

Programme 6 was allocated a total amount of R745.2 million after adjustments, of which 100% of the total allocation was spent by the last quarter due to EPWP incentive funds that were not rewarded for programme implementation.

4.1.7. Expenditure per Economic Classification

The Department of Environmental Affairs had spent 822 million or 100% of its current payment allocation. The total transfers and subsidies payments amounted to 99% of the Departmentís allocated budget. See Annex II for the details of the Expenditure Per Economic Classification.

4.2. Virements and Shifting of Funds from and to, within and between Programmes during the Adjustment Period in line with the Legislative Framework (PFMA)

Though section 43 of the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999 makes provision for virements and shifting of funds from one programme to the other, as well as movement of funds within the programme, there are certain requirements that need to be met by an accounting officer. These conditions are as follows:

Section 43 (2) of the Public Finance Management Act provides that ďthe amount of a saving under a main division of a vote that may be utilised in terms of (1) may not exceed 8 per cent of the amount appropriated under that main division.Ē Moreover section 43 (4) states that this section does not authorise the utilisation of a saving if:

(a) An amount is specifically and exclusively appropriated for a purpose mentioned under a main division within a vote;

(b) An amount is appropriated for transfers to another institutions; and

(c) An amount is appropriated for capital expenditure to defray current expenditure.

4.3. The First Quarter Expenditure Report for Financial Year 2011/12

4.3.1. The Overall Departmental Allocations and Expenditures 2011/12

The Department was allocated an amount of R2.8 billion in the 2011/12 financial year of which R400 million or 14% was spent at the end of the first quarter. Slower than projected spending occurred within the programmes, except for Programme 6 (Sector Services, Coordination and Information Management and International Relations), which over-spent by R34 million or 29% over the first quarter.

Slower than projected spending was especially notable in Programme 1: Administration (R70 million) and Programme 4: Climate Change (R9 million), which spent 56% and 61% of their projections respectively. This was due to the Presidency placing the Department of International Relations and Co-operations in charge of the logistics for COP 17 instead of the Department, as anticipated through the budget process.

5. Analysis of the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the Department

The strategic aim of the Department is to lead South Africaís environmental sector to achieve sustainable development towards a better quality life for all South Africans. This has indeed been a challenging task, more so in the 2010/11 financial year, as the Department continued with the execution of its constitutional and legal mandate of achieving ďa prosperous and equitable society living in harmony with our natural resourcesĒ. The financial year under review (2010/11) also marked the first year of the existence of the Department of Environmental Affairs as a separate department from the Tourismcomponent and the Fisheries Function (The Marine Living Resources Fund), following the macro-reorganisation by Government in 2009. The Department appeared to have flawlessly managed this transition, while continuing to implement the programme of Government through the operationalisation of the six departmental programmes. The Departmentís top priority areas for the medium term include: support to local Government in the areas of air quality management, waste management, coastal planning and open space planning; strengthening compliance and enforcement activities; drawing linkages between climate change, the green economy and sustainable development; alignment of governance systems with the new outcomes approach, particularly outcome 10; and focusing on key national and international engagements. The Departmentís programmes are aligned with Governmentís outcomes approach, especially that of having environmental assets and natural resources well-protected and continually enhanced (outcome 10), and the related outputs: reduced greenhouse gas emissions, climate change impacts and improved air/atmospheric quality (output 2); sustainable environmental management (output 3); and protected biodiversity (output 4).

 

The Department promotes behaviour that contributes to sustainable development through the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (2008), particularly recycling efforts, and the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (2004) to address monitoring and enforcement in air quality management. The Department also has a focussed approach to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change, cognisant that climate change impacts on global environmental, social and economic systems. It is in this regard that the Department published the 2010 National Climate Change Response Green Paper for public comment that has progressed to the current National Climate Change Response Policy White Paper that was recently approved by Cabinet, this October. Parliament, through the Committee, is presently holding public hearings on the White Paper. South Africa hosts the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in Durban, from 28th November to 9th December 2011. The Department has also boosted its research efforts to make quality contributions at the conference, and showcase South Africaís strategic interventions in climate change, including the announcement of the successful bidder to supply South Africa with renewable energy, as called for in the country's Integrated Resource Plan for 2010 to 2030. Furthermore, the Department has established the biodiversity enforcement unit and the national wildlife crime reaction unit to strengthen the protection of South Africaís fauna and flora. Regulations for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) were published to combat illegal activities and strengthen monitoring and enforcement. The Department continues to strengthen its links with the criminal justice system. Finally, the Department had spent 96% of its appropriated budget, with the remainder of the unspent budget relating to capital expenditure that will take place in the 2011/12 financial year (e.g. polar vessel and the construction of the new departmental office).

 

5.1. Financial Management

 

The Internal Audit Committee of the Department reported that it had complied with its responsibilities that derive from sections 38(I) (a) of the PFMA and Treasury Regulations 3.1. The Audit Committee stated that the Departmentís system of internal control provided reasonable assurance that safeguarded the effective management of assets, liabilities and working capital. The Committee was satisfied with the content and quality of the monthly and quarterly reports prepared and issued by the Department during the year under consideration. Additionally, the Audit Committee evaluated the financial statements, conducted its Internal Audit Function affairs in terms of the approved Internal Audit Charter, was satisfied with the Departmentís risk strategy, and met with the Auditor-General to ensure that there were no unresolved issues.

 

5.2. Report of the Auditor-General

 

The Auditor-Generalís responsibility is required by section 188 of the Constitution and Section 4 of the Public Audit Act (25 of 2004) of South Africa to express an opinion on the financial statements of the Department based on his/her audit. It is in this context that the Auditor-General stated that the financial statements presented fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Department as at 31st March 2011, and its financial performance and cash-flows for the year then ended, consistent with the Departmental Financial Reporting Framework prescribed by the National Treasury and the requirements of the PFMA. Accordingly, the Auditor-General expressed an unqualified audit opinion.

 

The Auditor-Generalís report on other legal and regulatory requirements stated that there were no material findings on the annual performance report concerning the presentation, usefulness and reliability of the information. There were equally no findings concerning material non-compliance with applicable laws and regulations concerning financial matters, financial management and other related matters. The Auditor-General considered internal control relevant to his/her completed audit work and noted that there were no significant deficiencies that could result in a qualification of the Auditor-Generalís opinion. The Auditor-General reported that donor funding engagements covering the period April 2010 to March 2011 were due on 30th September 2011.

 

6. Consideration of Reports of Committee on Public Accounts

The Department of Environmental Affairs did not appear before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in the 2010/11 financial year. The Department has no outstanding resolutions to report.

7. Consideration of other Sources of Information

The Committee considered the following sources of information in compiling the Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report, besides the conventional Committee briefing meetings with the Department, National Treasury and Auditor-General officials:

         Technical inputs by scientists from South Africaís premier teaching and research institutions;

         Oversight visits, where some of the Departmentís programmes/projects are being implemented (e.g., the Kruger National Park & iSimangaliso Wetland Park);

         In-depth engagement with departmental officials in the Departmentís offices in Pretoria;

         Public hearings;

         Unsolicited confidential submissions by individuals raising certain concerns about the management activities of the Department and/or its associated entities;

         Parliamentary research works, bringing certain anomalies in the work of the Department or that of any of its entities to the attention of the Committee members;

         Attendance of conferences, seminars and workshops; and

         Media and authoritative writings of academics or researchers on certain aspects of the work of the Department and those of the entities.

8. Committeeís Observations

Retrogression of two entities: The Committee observed that the financial affairs of the Department were run well in the 2010/2011 financial year, but noted with concern that two of the entities falling under the mandate of the Department, which were in the past financial year performing optimally; had retrogressed in the 2010/11 financial year. These retrogressing departmental entities consist, firstly, of the South African National Parks (SANParks), which has been entrusted with the responsibility of running the nationís network of national parks and other statutorily protected areas; and secondly, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), a statutory departmental entity established in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (10 of 2004) to conduct biodiversity research to inform the management of the nationís biodiversity asset. Of particular concern is the fact that SANBI is taking on responsibilities beyond its mandate and hence, in some instances failing to meet its core mandate. The entity had a deficit of R25 million in the 2010/11 financial year. The Auditor-General felt that SANBI was a going concern, but noted the possibility that it would not maintain this status, for the following reasons: (1) SANBI was unable to pay creditors; (2) Government grant was not enough; and (3) the ongoing deficit since 2008 ─ SANBIís debt collection was bad and would collapse soon if there is no financial intervention. The Committee noted the National Treasury allocation of R42 million to SANBI.

Transfers to Entities: It was noted that the iSimangaliso Wetland Park received only R44.365 million in the 2010/11 financial year despite having run successful public-private partnership infrastructure development projects in the Park, with a great involvement of local communities. The Committee felt that iSimangaliso could be as big an asset as the Kruger National Park due to the diversity of ecosystems within the Wetland Park.

Payment of Bonuses: The Committee was concerned that the Department went ahead with the payment of bonuses to departmental staff without recourse to the Committee, although it was explicitly pointed out to the Department that they should present their proposals for bonuses to Parliament for scrutiny during the presentations of the Departmentís Strategic Plan in April 2011. The Committee wanted to interrogate the criteria for payment of bonuses to avoid situations where departmental officials are paid for doing the normal tasks they were recruited to do. The Department then presented an input on this matter, which the Committee found satisfactory.

Use of Consultants: This was of a serious concern to the Committee, as the Committee felt that this could be a reflection of a deep lack of capacity within the Department. For example, R185 million was spent on legal services, including legal drafting, despite the fact that the Department has a well-staffed legal services unit. The Committee is also concerned that there might not be institutional capacity in the Department to interpret some of the specialist consultant investigations and associated recommendations, as some Government Departments had dismantled internal research capacity.

Centralisation and Prioritisation of Waste Projects: There has been poor prioritisation and hence coordination of waste projects throughout the country, as hands-on waste management activities have been fragmented and situated in largely poorly-resourced municipalities, without appropriate national or provincial coordination, although waste management stretches across the three spheres of Government.

9. Conclusion

This Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report presents the performance landscape of the Department during the most recent financial year, covering the period from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. This analysis contains the mandate, vision, and mission statement and the key strategic values of the Department. Accordingly, the mandate of the Department is to lead environmental management in the interest of sustainable development and to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for all South Africans. The mandate and core business of the Department are underpinned by the Constitution and all relevant legislation and policies applicable to the South African Government. The vision of the Department is to foster a prosperous and equitable society living in harmony with its environmental resources, whereas the mission of the Department is to lead sustainable development of the environment for a better life for all. The Department was guided by the core values of people-centeredness, integrity, enhanced organisational performance and sustainability in order to maximise impact, return on investment, continuity and knowledge management in all its strategic programmes. The Committee is generally satisfied with the Performance of the Department in fulfilling its core mandate in the year under review, and has drawn the attention of the Department to its observations, with the aim of timeously attending to them. The Auditor-Generalís report and the Committeeís engagements with the Auditor-General and the National Treasury all confirm that the Department performed well in the year under review.

10. Recommendations

         The Committee recommends that the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority should receive more funding from the Department to scale up the operational capability of the Wetland Park Authority and ensure the conservation of hitherto utilised landscapes;

         The Committee recommends that the Department should present future departmental bonus proposals to the Committee for consideration prior to any bonus payments. After all, it is the duty of the Committee to interrogate the manner in which public funds are being used by the Department;

         The Department should submit a progress report on the envisaged additional conservation sites that cannot be realised, including objections from the Department of Mineral Resources;

         The Department should submit a detailed report on the steps that it aims to take to scale down the use of legal and other specialist consultants;

         The Department should interact with the National Treasury to get the buy-in of the National Treasury, with the aim of centralising or consolidating waste management through focused and regular appropriation of waste management budgets that promote optimal waste management at all spheres of Government; and

         The Department, 10 years after the Cabinet approval of the Commercialisation Strategy of the SANParks, needs to begin a review of the implementation process of the Strategy to determine whether any adjustments are required to the Strategy to improve conservation of our national protected areas;

 

Report to be considered.

 

 


 

Annex I: Breakdown of spending trends in each departmental programme

Programme

Original allocation

Rí000

Adjustments

Rí000

Final appropriation

Rí000

Expenditure

Rí000

Variance

Rí000

1.Administration

255 037

17 194

272 231

272 231

-

2. Environmental

††† quality and

††† protection

321 311

(8 275)

313 036

295 833

17 203

3. Oceans and coastal

††† management

229 356

(63 006)

166 350

166 350

-

4. Climate change

573 865

(4 195)

569 670

489 666

80 004

5. Biodiversity and

††† conservation††††††

399 588

22 386

421 974

421 974

-

6. Sector services

††† environmental

††† awareness and

††† international relations

828 637

(83 384)

745 253

743 969

1 284

Total

2 607 794

(119 280)

2 488 514

2 390 023

98 491

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex II: Expenditure Per Economic Classification

Economical classification

Original allocation

Rí000

Adjustments

Rí000

Final appropriation

Rí000

Expenditure

Rí000

Variance

Rí000

Current Payments

910 178

(87 270)

822 908

821 785

1 123

-          Compensationof

†† employees

-          Goods and services

324 869

585 309

2 161

(89 431)

327 030

495 878

327 030

494 755

-

1 123

Transfers and Subsidies

1 224 337

(49 884)

1 174 453

1 162 369

12 084

-          Departmental agencies

and accounts

-          Universities and Technikons

-          Foreign gov. and

†† international organisations

-          Non-profit institutions

-          Households

610 883

-

9 000

40 080

564 374

33 398

980

10 077

7 444

(101 783)

644 281

980

19 077

47 524

462 591

644 280

980

19 077

36 024

462 008

1

-

-

11 500

583

Payment for capital assets

473 279

17 480

490 759

405 475

85 284

-          Software

-          Machinery and equipment

367

472 912

232

17 248

599

490 160

599

404 876

-

85 284

Payments for financial assets

-

394

394

394

-

TOTAL

2 607 794

(119 280)

2 488 514

2 390 023

98 491