Role of Treasury

The following extracts are from the role of the National Treasury as per http://www.treasury.gov.za/nt/info.aspx with comments in between:

The National Treasury is responsible for managing South Africa’s national government finances. Supporting efficient and sustainable public financial management is fundamental to the promotion of economic development, good governance, social progress and a rising standard of living for all South Africans.

Comment: “The improvement can be attributed in part to the increase in the number of people receiving social payments, such as old-age pensions and the child support grant.” – source. These are giveaways. What about jobs which can generate income?

The Constitution of the Republic (Chapter 13) mandates the National Treasury to ensure transparency, accountability and sound financial controls in the management of public finances.

The National Treasury’s legislative mandate is also described in the Public Finance Management Act (Chapter 2). The National Treasury is mandated to promote government’s fiscal policy framework; to coordinate macroeconomic policy and intergovernmental financial relations; to manage the budget preparation process; to facilitate the Division of Revenue Act, which provides for an equitable distribution of nationally raised revenue between national, provincial and local government; and to monitor the implementation of provincial budgets.

As mandated by the executive and Parliament, the National Treasury will continue to support the optimal allocation and utilisation of financial resources in all spheres of government to reduce poverty and vulnerability among South Africa’s most marginalised.

Over the next 10 years National Treasury priorities include increasing investment in infrastructure and industrial capital; improving education and skills development to raise productivity; improving the regulation of markets and public entities; and fighting poverty and inequality through efficient public service delivery, expanded employment levels, income support and empowerment.

Comment: Unemployment in South Africa is now higher than it was at the end of apartheid, with almost one-third of the labor force out of work or discouraged. – source. So why has treasury not been able to reduce unemployment over the past 22 years?

You, the reader, tell us: reducing-unemployment@treasury.org.za