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THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE

The Money Bills Amendment Procedure and Related Matters Act No.9 of 2009 provides for the establishment of the Parliamentary Budget Office. Section 15(1) of the Act reads as follows: "There is hereby established a Parliamentary Budget Office headed by a Director, the main objective of which is to provide independent, objective and professional advice and analysis to Parliament on matters related to the budget and other money Bills."

FUNCTIONS OF THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE

The core function of the Parliamentary Budget Office is to support the implementation of the Money Bills Act by undertaking research and analysis for the four committees on Finance and Appropriations in the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, including:

  1. Annually providing reviews and analysis of the documentation tabled in Parliament by the Executive in terms of this Act;
  2. Providing advice and analysis on proposed amendments to the fiscal framework, the Division of Revenue Bill and money Bills, and on policy proposals with budgetary implications;
  3. Monitoring and synthesising matters and reports tabled and adopted in a House with budgetary implications, with particular emphasis on reports by other committees;
  4. Keeping abreast of policy debates and developments in key expenditure and revenue areas;
  5. Monitoring and reporting on potential unfunded mandates arising out of legislative, policy or budgetary proposals; and
  6. Undertaking any other work deemed necessary by the Director to support the implementation of this Act.

Contact Details:
Parliamentary Budget Office
4th Floor
Parliament Towers
103 - 107 Plein Street
Cape Town
8001
Tel: +27 21 403 2360
Fax: +27 21 403 3153
Fax to Mail: +27 86 718 2531
Email: pboinfo@parliament.gov.za

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About Us

PBO AT A GLANCE
Position Title Name Telephone Email
Director Director: Parliamentary Budget Office Vacant
Executive Assistant Executive Assistant to the Director Ms Linda Mangwani (021) 403 2360 pboinfo@parliament.gov.za
Office Manager Office Manager Mr Alfred Monnakgotla
Deputy Director Deputy Director: Economics Dr Seeraj Mohamed
Deputy Director Deputy Director: Finance Dr Dumisani Jantjies
Deputy Director Deputy Director: Public Policy Ms Nelia Orlandi
PBO Staff Economic Analyst Mr Rashaad Amra
PBO Staff Economic Analyst Ms Fatsani Banda
PBO Staff Public Finance Analyst Ms Gloria Mnguni
PBO Staff Public Finance Analyst Mr Siphethelo Simelane
PBO Staff Policy Analyst Dr Mmapula Sekatane
PBO Staff Policy Analyst
ORGANOGRAM

 

Money Bills Act

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Publications

Upon request from Parliamentary committees, the PBO provides analysis and advice ahead of and following the annual tabling of the Budget Review and Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement.

2016 Budget Review Analysis Report
2016 Pre-budget Report
Analysis of the 2016 Budget
Analysis of the 2015 Budget

The PBO provides quarterly analysis of economic developments for Members of Parliament following the release of quarterly economic data by Stats SA, the South African Reserve Bank and the National Treasury, and discusses implications of these developments for public finances. Publication dates are aligned to parliamentary terms.

December 2019
November 2019
July 2019
September 2018
May 2018
February 2018
October 2017
July 2017
March 2017
December 2016
September 2016
June 2016
March 2016
December 2015
September 2015
June 2015
October 2014

The PBO provides analysis and advice to the legislature on a range of economic, policy and social issues with implications for money-bills and the overall health and sustainability of public finances in the realisation of the country’s development goals. Analysis and advice take the form of in-depth analysis, briefing notes, parliamentary committee briefings, and policy costings. These are generally upon request of a parliamentary committee(s), subject to capacity. The PBO also initiates research and analysis with direct implications for money bills.

2016 - The Costs and Outcomes of Industrial Development Initiatives 1994/95 -2014/15
2016 - Report on the Sustainability of South Africa’s Social Grants System
2016 - The costs and outcomes of industrial development initiatives 1994-95 - 2014-15
2016 - Electricity generation technology choice: Costs and considerations
2016 - Fiscal Analysis on Cost of Higher Education Funding in South Africa
2016 - The involvement of Public Accounts Committees in the Budget Process
2016 - 2016 Budget Analysis: Trade and Industry
2016 - The costs and outcomes of industrial development initiatives 1994/95 -2014/15
2016 - Fiscal Analysis of the Cost of Higher Education in South Africa- SCOA
2015 - BRICS New Development Bank
2015 - Funding of Heritage Commissions
2015 - Briefing note on withdrawal of the proposed UIF reduction for 2015/16
2015 - Report on State-owned Enterprises for the Standing Committee on Finance
2015 - Eskom Appropriation Bills
2015 - International agreement on the New Development Bank
2015 - Input on Rates and Monetary Amounts Amendment Bill (2015/16)
2015 - Summary Report on State-owned Enterprises for the Standing Committee on Finance
2015 - Presentation of the PBO Report on State-Owned Enterprises
2015 - The Public Sector Wage Bill: Implications for Public Finances and Economic Growth
2014 - The Regulation and Policies of the National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank and Economic Growth
2014 - Briefing Note: The NCOP and advancing economic transformation
2014 - Briefing Note: Public infrastructure and the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality
2014 - Briefing note: the minimum wage debate in South Africa
2014 - Briefing Note: Value Added Tax VAT
2014 - The Impact of Investment on South Africa
2014 - An Overview of Government’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014 -2019 for the Standing Committee on Finance
2014 - The Impact of Investment

Budgetary proposals made by government in the Budget and Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) are based on forecasts of economic growth and revenue collection. It is therefore critical for fiscal oversight that these forecasts are unbiased and as accurate as possible. The PBO conducts technical assessments for Parliament of the performance government’s forecasts of economic growth and revenue collection.

2018 - Assessing the Performance of National Treasury’s Tax Revenue Forecasts
2018 - Technical Report Assessing the Performance of National Treasury’s Tax Revenue Forecasts
2017 - Assessing the Performance of National Treasury’s Tax Revenue Forecasts
2016 - Assessing the Performance of National Treasury’s Economic and Fiscal Forecasts
2016 - Assessing the Performance of National Treasury’s Economic and Fiscal Forecasts.

The PBO’s methodological approach to technical aspects of its work.



Contact Us

Parliamentary Budget Office
4th Floor
Parliament Towers
103 - 107 Plein Street
Cape Town
8001

Tel: +27 21 403 2360
Fax: +27 21 403 3153
Fax to Mail: +27 86 718 2531
Email: pboinfo@parliament.gov.za