Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Act

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Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Act
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Government Gazette
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
Vol. 591 Cape Town 1 September 2014 No. 37966
THE PRESIDENCY No. 689 1 September 2014 It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:–
Act No. 34 of 2014: Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Act , 2014

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GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
[ ] Words in bold type in square brackets indicate omissions from existing enactments.
Words underlined with a solid line indicate insertions in existing enactments.
ACT To amend the Financial Management of Parliament Act, 2009 so as to insert further definitions; to deal with the financial management of provincial legisla- tures; to amend the provisions dealing with the oversight mechanism; to amend provisions dealing with Parliament’s annual budget, appropriations and approv- als; to amend the provisions dealing with donor funds; to delete certain provisions dealing with Parliament’s own revenue sources; to align the provisions dealing with reporting and auditing with the Public Finance Management Act, 1999; to repeal certain sections of the Powers and Privileges Act, 1963; to delete certain references to ‘‘provincial legislatures’’ in the Public Finance Management Act, 1999; to include references to performance management; to amend the long title; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:— Amendment of the arrangement of sections of Act 10 of 2009
1. The arrangement of sections before the Preamble to the Financial Management of Parliament Act, 2009 (hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘principal Act’’) is hereby amended by—
(a) the substitution for item 3 of the following item: ‘‘3. [Norms and standards for provincial legislatures] Application
of the Act to provincial legislatures’’; and (b) the deletion of the reference to Schedule 1.
Substitution of Preamble of Act 10 of 2009
2. The following Preamble is hereby substituted for the Preamble of the principalAct:
‘‘PREAMBLE
Recognising— that Parliament and provincial legislatures must be governed by the democratic values and principles in the Constitution.
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Therefore in order to— ● promote and maintain a high standard of professional ethics in the
financial management of Parliament and provincial legislatures; ● promote the efficient, economic, and effective use of resources allocated
to Parliament and provincial legislatures; ● ensure the transparent, accountable and sound management of the
revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of Parliament and provincial legislatures;’’.
Amendment of section 1 of Act 10 of 2009
3. Section 1 of the principal Act is hereby amended by— (a) the substitution of the definition of ‘‘approved budget’’ with the following:
‘‘ ‘‘approved budget’’ means the total amount of funds [that Parlia- ment has— (a) appropriated from the National Revenue Fund for Parliament
in a vote on a national appropriation Act; and (b) approved from Parliament’s own funds in terms of section
18(1)(b)] contemplated in section 18;’’; (b) the insertion of the following definition after the definition of ‘‘approved
budget’’: ‘‘ ‘‘Constitution’’ means the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996;’’;
(c) the insertion of the following definition after the definition of ‘‘a person in the employ of the state’’:
‘‘ ‘‘Parliament’’means the NationalAssembly and the National Council of Provinces referred to in section 42(1) of the Constitution;’’; and
(d) the insertion of the following definitions after the definition of ‘‘prescribe’’: ‘‘ ‘‘provincial annual budget’’ means the provincial annual budget referred to in section 27(2) of the Public FinanceManagementAct;’’; and ‘‘ ‘‘provincial legislature’’ means a provincial legislature referred to in section 104 of the Constitution;’’.
Substitution of section 2 of Act 10 of 2009
4. The following section is hereby substituted for section 2 of the principal Act:
‘‘Objects of this Act
2. The objects of this Act are— (a) to ensure transparency, accountability and sound management of the
revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of Parliament; (b) to ensure a consultative relationship between Parliament and the
National Treasury, conducted at a high level and based on respect for—
(i) the constitutional status of Parliament; (ii) the constitutional requirements for the tabling of money bills; (iii) budget processes, standards of generally recognised account-
ing practice, uniform expenditure classifications and the treasury norms and standards established in terms of the Public Finance Management Act; and
(iv) the fiscal policy of the national government; (c) to provide the National Treasury with—
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(i) an opportunity to make comments on proposed annual budgets and adjustments budgets of Parliament;
(ii) information on the proposed annual budget and adjustments budgets of Parliament for inclusion in the national annual budget and adjustments budgets; and
(iii) regular information on expenditure by Parliament; and (d) to provide for parliamentary oversight of Parliament’s budgeting and
expenditure through an appropriate oversight mechanism of Parlia- ment as provided for in section 4 of the Act[; and
(e) to establish norms and standards for managing the financial affairs of provincial legislatures].’’.
Substitution of section 3 of Act 10 of 2009
5. The following section is hereby substituted for section 3 of the principal Act:
‘‘[Norms and standards for provincial legislatures
3. Provincial legislatures must adhere to the norms and standards for financial management set out in Schedule 1.]
Application of the Act to provincial legislatures
3. (1) This Act, with the necessary changes, applies to provincial legislatures. (2) In such application, a reference in the Act to—
(a) Parliament or a House, must be construed as a reference to the provincial legislature concerned;
(b) a joint committee, must be construed as a reference to a committee of the provincial legislature;
(c) the Speaker of the National Assembly or the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, must be construed as a reference to the Speaker of the provincial legislature concerned, except in the case of the ExecutiveAuthority making or prescribing regulations or policy in accordance with section 65, read with sections 16(2)(h), 22(5), 24(1), 32(2) and (3), 33(2)(d)(ii), 34, 40, 42(1), 55(3)(g), and 56;
(d) the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly or the permanent Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, must be construed as a reference to the Deputy Speaker of the provincial legislature concerned;
(e) a Member of Parliament, must be construed as a reference to a Member of the provincial legislature concerned;
(f) the Secretary to Parliament, must be construed as a reference to the Secretary of the provincial legislature concerned;
(g) annual national budget, must be construed as a reference to provincial annual budget;
(h) the National Treasury, must be construed as a reference to the provincial treasury concerned;
(i) the National Revenue Fund, must be construed as a reference to the Provincial Revenue Fund concerned;
(j) the Minister of Finance, must be construed as a reference to the Member of the Executive Council responsible for financial matters in the province concerned;
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(k) sections 56 and 69 of the Constitution, must be construed as a reference to section 115 of the Constitution;
(l) the Joint Rules of Parliament, must be construed as a reference to the Rules made by the provincial legislature concerned in terms of section 116 of the Constitution;
(m) section 30 of the Public Finance Management Act must be construed as a reference to section 31 of that Act; and
(n) a national adjustment budget must be construed as a reference to a provincial adjustment budget.’’.
Amendment of section 4 of Act 10 of 2009
6. Section 4 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:
‘‘(2) Representation on the oversight mechanism must be in accordance with the Joint Rules of Parliament, which must provide that no Member of Parliament may attend a deliberation on a matter in which that member has a material interest[, except that themembers of the ExecutiveAuthority, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and the permanent Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces— (a) may not be members of the committee; and (b) may only participate in the deliberations of the committee at the request
of the committee].’’.
Substitution of section 16 of Act 10 of 2009
7. The following section is hereby substituted for section 16 of the principal Act:
‘‘Annual budget
16. (1) At least ten months prior to the start of the financial year, the Accounting Officer must prepare a draft budget for Parliament and present it to the Executive Authority. (2) Parliament’s budget must—
(a) cover the following financial year and the two financial years thereafter or other period determined by Parliament;
(b) specify Parliament’s expected revenues distinguishing between— (i) [funds] money to be appropriated through the annual national
budget; (ii) [funds that are a direct charge against the National
Revenue Fund] conditional and unconditional donor funds; and
(iii) funds derived from Parliament’s own revenue sources[, excluding donor funds];
(c) specify Parliament’s proposed expenditure requirements per main division within the budget, distinguishing between the sources of funds identified in paragraph (b);
(d) specify the purpose of each main division within the budget and provide explanations and other information substantiating the amounts proposed in terms of paragraphs (b) and (c);
(e) specify the allocations to Members of Parliament and political parties made in terms of section 34, providing details of the different purposes
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for which allocations are made and the amounts allocated for such purposes;
(f) provide details of all transfers to other entities; and [(g) contain a schedule of planned expenditure under Parliament’s
donor funded projects; and] (h) be in accordance with the format prescribed under section 65, for the
purpose of maintaining consistency with the format followed by other organs of state.’’.
Amendment of section 17 of Act 10 of 2009
8. Section 17 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the addition of the following subsection:
‘‘(2) The Executive Authority must table in Parliament, for referral to the oversight mechanism— (a) the draft strategic plan of Parliament, within ten working days of receiving it
from the Accounting Officer; (b) the draft annual performance plan and draft budget, at least one month before
the draft budget must be submitted to the National Treasury; (c) the draft adjustments budget, at least one month before the adjustments budget
must be submitted to the National Treasury; and (d) any draft revisions to the approved allocations of Parliament’s own funds.’’.
Substitution of section 18 of Act 10 of 2009
9. The following section is hereby substituted for section 18 of the principal Act:
‘‘Annual appropriations and approvals
18. (1) For each financial year, Parliament must, according to main divisions— (a) appropriate [funds contemplated in section 16(2)(b)(iii)] money
received [in] through the annual national budget for— (i) the financial year, as contemplated in section 16(2)(b)(i),
subject to any amount specifically and exclusively appropriated in the annual national budget; and
(ii) the previous financial year but not spent in that year; and (b) approve the use of [the funds contemplated in section 16(2)(b)(iii)]
unconditional donations and its own revenue— (i) contemplated in section 16(2)(b)(ii) and (iii); and (ii) approved for the previous financial year but not spent in that
year. (1A)Any appropriation or approval in terms of subsection (1) may be for
a specific and exclusive purpose. (2) Any revision of an appropriation [in terms of subsection (1)(a)]
contemplated in section 16(2)(b)(i) must be made— (a) by a national adjustments budget referred to in section 30 of the Public
Finance Management Act; and (b) in accordance with the procedure set out in section 17[(2)](1). (3) Any revision of an appropriation or approval in terms of subsection
(1)(b) must be approved by Parliament.’’.
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Amendment of section 20 of Act 10 of 2009
10. Section 20 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
‘‘(1) This section applies to any unauthorised expenditure incurred by Parliament, other than the unauthorised expenditure of funds derived from Parliament’s own resources, including donor funds.’’
Amendment of section 21 of Act 10 of 2009
11. The following section is hereby substituted for section 21 of the principal Act:
‘‘Unauthorised expenditure of [donor funds] own resources
21. (1)Any unauthorised expenditure of funds derived from Parliament’s own resources, including donor funds, that Parliament approves becomes a charge against Parliament’s own funds. (2) Any unauthorised expenditure of funds derived from Parliament’s
own resources, including donor funds, that Parliament does not approve must be recovered from the person responsible for the unauthorised expenditure.’’.
Amendment of section 23 of Act 10 of 2009
12. The following section is hereby substituted for section 23 of the principal Act:
‘‘[Treatment]Retention of unspent funds and return of unspent funds for direct charges
23. (1) Parliament is not required to return to the National Revenue Fund any money, contemplated in section 16(2)(b)(i), appropriated [or ap- proved] for a particular financial year but not spent in that year. [(2) Funds appropriated for, but not spent in, a particular financial
year must be regarded as funds derived from Parliament’s own revenue sources, and the approval of their use in subsequent financial years must be in accordance with section 18(1)(b). (3) Funds derived from Parliament’s own revenue sources that are
approved for a particular financial year, but not spent in that year, must be approved for use in subsequent financial years in accordance with section 18(1)(b).] (4) Parliament must surrender to the National Treasury for depositing
into the National Revenue Fund funds that are a direct charge against the National Revenue Fund for any requirements related to Parliament in terms of any legislation for a particular financial year, but not spent in that year.’’.
Amendment of section 34 of Act 10 of 2009
13. Section 34 of the principal Act is hereby amended by— (a) the substitution for paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of the following paragraph:
‘‘(b) in instances of a [qualified] modified audit [report] opinion in respect of such funding, until adequate measures are put in place to rectify the issues giving rise to the modified audit opinion [qualification].’’; and
(b) the insertion after subsection (4) of the following subsection: ‘‘(4A) For the purposes of this section ‘modified audit opinion’
includes a qualified opinion, an adverse opinion and a disclaimer of opinion.’’.
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Amendment of section 48 of Act 10 of 2009
14. Section 48 of the principalAct is hereby amended by the substitution for item (iii) of subsection (1)(c) of the following item:
‘‘(iii) the quality of the annual financial statements, performance reporting and compliance with the applicable laws and regulations.’’.
Amendment of section 56 of Act 10 of 2009
15. Section 56 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
‘‘(1) For each financial year, the Accounting Officer must prepare annual financial statements in accordance with the [standards of generally recognised accounting practice] Standards of Generally Recognised Accounting Practice and, in the absence of an applicable standard, in accordance with standards prescribed by the Executive Authority for the purpose of maintaining consistency with other organs of state.’’.
Amendment of section 58 of Act 10 of 2009
16. Section 58 of the principal Act is hereby amended by— (a) the substitution for paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of the following paragraph:
‘‘(b) submit an audit report on those statements to the [Executive Authority]Accounting Officer within two months of receiving the statements.’’;
(b) the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection: ‘‘(2) If the Auditor-General is unable to complete an audit within two
months of receiving the financial statements or the annual performance report, the Auditor-General must promptly submit a report outlining the reasons for the delay to the Executive Authority and the Accounting Officer. [The Executive Authority must promptly table the report in Parliament.];
(c) the insertion of the following subsection after subsection (2): ‘‘(2A) The Executive Authority must promptly table the report
referred to in subsection (2) in Parliament.’’; and (d) the substitution for subsection (3) of the following subsection:
‘‘(3) Once the Auditor-General has submitted an audit report to the [Executive Authority] Accounting Officer, no person may alter the report or the annual financial statements to which the report relates.’’.
Substitution of section 59 of Act 10 of 2009
17. The following section is hereby substituted for section 59 of the principal Act:
‘‘59. The Accounting Officer must submit Parliament’s annual report, including the audited financial statements for that financial year, the audit report on those statements and the annual performance report, to the Executive Authority [so that the Executive Authority is able to table the report in Parliament] within five months of the end of the financial year concerned.’’.
Substitution of section 60 of Act 10 of 2009
18. Section 60 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
‘‘60. (1) The Executive Authority must table the annual report, including the audited financial statements for that financial year, the audit report on those statements and the annual performance report, in Parliament within [five working
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days] one month [of receiving it.] after the Accounting Officer received the audit report.’’.
Amendment of section 62 of Act 10 of 2009
19. Section 62 of the principalAct is hereby amended by the substitution in subsection (2) for the words preceding paragraph (a) of the following words:
‘‘(2) If the Executive Authority does not table the annual report in [Parliament within five months of the end of the financial year concerned] accordance with section 60(1)—’’.
Substitution of section 72 of Act 10 of 2009
20. The following section is hereby substituted for section 72 of the principal Act:
‘‘72. This Act repeals— (a) sections 31 and 39 of the Powers and Privileges of Parliament Act, 1963 (Act
No. 91 of 1963); and (b) in the Public Finance Management Act—
(i) [the words ‘‘Parliament and’’ in section] sections 3(1)(d) and 3(2); [(ii) subparagraph (a) of section 3(2);] (iii) section 13(1)(a); [and] (iv) the word ‘‘Parliament,’’ in section 13(5); (v) section 22(1)(a); and (vi) the words ‘a provincial legislature or’ in section 22(5).’’.
Substitution of short title of Act 10 of 2009
21. The following short title is hereby substituted for the short title and commencement of the principal Act:
‘‘73. This Act is called the Financial Management of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, 2009 and comes into operation on assent by the President and in accordance with the transitional arrangements set out in Schedule 4 to this Act.’’.
Repeal of Schedule 1 of Act 10 of 2009
22. Schedule 1 of the principal Act is hereby repealed.
Substitution of the long title of Act 10 of 2009
23. The following long title is hereby substituted for the long title of the principalAct:
‘‘To regulate the financial management of Parliament and provincial legislatures in a manner consistent with its status in terms of the Constitution; to ensure that all revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities of Parliament and provincial legislatures are managed efficiently, effectively and transparently; to provide for the responsibilities of persons entrusted with financial management in Parliament and provincial legislatures; [to provide financial management norms and standards for provincial legislatures]; and to provide for matters connected therewith.’’.
Short title and commencement
24. This Act is called the Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Act, 2014, and comes into operation on a date fixed by the President by proclamation in the Gazette.
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