RHAP was one of the stakeholders invited to present to this committee on 25 October 2017. Russell Rensburg, RHAP’s Health System and Policy Manager represented RHAP at this meeting.
The Minister of Finance tabled the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 25 October 2017 as required by section 6 (1) of the Money Bills Amendment Procedure and Related Matters Act, No. 9 of 2009 (the Act), outlining the budget priorities and spending plans of government for the medium term. Part of the MTBPS was referred to the Standing and Select Committees on Appropriations for consideration and report. This was done in accordance with their respective mandates as outlined in the Act. Among its responsibilities, as per Section 6 (8), in respect of the MTBPS, the Committee was required to consider and report on the following issues:
- the spending priorities of national government for the next three years;
- the proposed division of revenue between the spheres of government and between arms of government within a sphere for the next three years; and
- the proposed substantial adjustments to conditional grants to provinces and local government, if any.