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DPW Inputs into the Select Committee on Finance Public Hearings on FFC Recommendations 2010/2011 6 August 2009. Overview. The department has noted the comments from FFC with regard to the EPWP Incentive scheme. For phase two the grant is aligned to the EPWP guidelines as recommended by FFC.

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DPW Inputs into the Select Committee on Finance

Public Hearings on FFC Recommendations 2010/2011

6 August 2009

  • The department has noted the comments from FFC with regard to the EPWP Incentive scheme.
    • For phase two the grant is aligned to the EPWP guidelines as recommended by FFC.
    • It is also aligned to MIG
  • The department is currently entering into protocol agreements with Provinces and Municipalities regarding EPWP targets and reporting.
  • We are also in the process strengthening the process of achieving the 500 000 job opportunities.
  • We have entered into partnership agreement with the IDT
  • We are also collaborating with the Presidency in respect of community works programme.
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1.0 EPWP incentive background
  • EPWP incentive was introduced as part of Phase 2 to further enhance the creation of EPWP Full Time Equivalent work opportunities by Public Bodies ( 1 Full Time Equivalent = 230 Person days ). This was after the realization that NDPW had limited authority in Phase 1 to make Public Bodies meet their targets.
  • R4.1 billion has been allocated to DPW over the MTEF ( 9/10 to 11/12) to pay out the incentive to public bodies and this is expected to grow to at least R 5 billion in the 13/14 financial year.
  • The fiscal incentive will be applicable to infrastructure sector and non-state in the 09/10 financial year and will be rolled out to the social and environmental sectors from the 10/11 financial year.
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2.0 EPWP Fiscal incentive principles

The EPWP incentive is based on paying all public bodies that create work above a minimum threshold for the EPWP target group an incentive of R50 person day of work created. ( Rural Municipalities have no minimum threshold).

Eligible public bodies that want to participate in the incentive will enter into an agreement with DPW

While indicative performance targets and incentive amounts are set for each eligible public body, they will only be able to claim the incentive upon proving that work has been created

Basis for measuring EPWP performance

Number of FTE’s per million Rand of infrastructure budget, taking into account the different portfolios of infrastructure and the rate at which each can contribute to employment creation

Each public body ( apart from rural municipalities) must meet a minimum eligibility threshold before they can start accessing the incentive

The incentive is not paid out for work created below the eligibility threshold, but is paid for all work created above this threshold


2.0 EPWP Fiscal Incentive cont’d

  • Eligibility: In order for provinces and municipalities to become eligible for the incentive they must:
    • Report to DPW on the EPWP ( 07/08 report used to calculate incentive amounts for the 09/10 financial year).
    • Meet minimum employment creation targets based on their available budgets
  • Agreements: Eligible public bodies will enter into agreements with DPW which will specify:
    • Targets to be met by the public body
    • Amounts that can be claimed by the public body for reported EPWP work created
    • Reporting and verification and audit requirements through the EPWP Management Information System
    • EPWP workers may not be paid less than R50 per day
  • Appropriation of funds
    • Eligible public bodies should incorporate the incentive allocation into their budgeting and planning process but take into account that payment by DPW will occur quarterly, after employment has been created
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3.0 Fiscal incentive for Provinces
  • The average Full Time Equivalent for the different infrastructure

portfolios ( e.g. Roads, Public Works, Education, Health) was considered in calculating the incentive amounts.

  • Full incentive amount = ( FTE Target – FTE minimum threshold)

X 230 X 50.

  • DORA amount = 75% X Full incentive amount.
  • 3 Provinces Gauteng, Limpopo and Northern Cape did not meet the FTE minimum threshold and were allocated a nominal incentive amount of R 500,000.
  • Total Incentive allocation to Provinces is R 151 Million.
  • Disbursement of the incentive for Provincial Departments is from the National Department of Public Works to the Provincial Treasury from where it is disbursed to the eligible Provincial Department.
disbursement flow provincial departments
Disbursement Flow: Provincial Departments






4.0 Fiscal incentive to Municipalities

  • In order to cater for rural Municipalities in line with comments from the Select Committee on Finance, the following considerations have been considered:
  • - The FTE target for Metros per million rand of expenditure is 6,
  • different from 3 considered for other Municipalities.
  • - The FTE minimum threshold for Rural Municipalities = 0.
  • - Full incentive = ( FTE Target – FTE minimum threshold) X 230 X 50.
  • DORA amount = 50% x Full incentive amount.
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4.0 Fiscal incentive to Municipalities cont’d
  • 68 Municipalities including 6 metros are eligible for the incentive in the 09/10 financial year. 10 ISRDP nodes will be covered.
  • Total incentive allocation to Municipalities is R 201.7 Million, of which R 147.2 Million will go to rural Municipalities and R 54.5 Million to Metros.
  • According to reports, at least 96 municipalities will be eligible for the incentive in the 10/11 financial year.
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5.0 Progress made on the EPWP Incentive grant
  • 8 out of the 16 eligible Provincial departments have signed their incentive agreements as of 1st of August 2009.
  • 32 out of the 68 eligible Municipalities have signed their incentive agreements as of 1st of August 2009.
  • Only 2 eligible Provincial Departments, KwaZulu-Natal Transport and Eastern Cape Transport submitted 1st quarter reports for the 09/10 financial year in time. KwaZulu-Natal Transport exceeded their quarterly eligible threshold and will be paid R19,308,839 as their EPWP incentive grant considering the 1st quarter 09/10 report.
  • The EPWP incentive manual has been finalised and communicated to Public bodies.
  • First payment of municipalities is scheduled for 30th October 2009. This is due to the difference in the financial years.
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6.0 Way Forward
  • Follow up to be made on outstanding incentive agreements to be signed.
  • Public bodies to be continuously briefed on the EPWP incentive grant.
  • Continued support to be provided to Public bodies to report so that they can access the incentive.
reason for devolution
Reason for Devolution
  • To facilitate the transfer of property rates expenditure responsibility to provinces;
  • and to enable provincial accounting officers to be fully accountable for their expenditure and payment of provincial property rates
what was devolved
  • Devolution of property rates to the provinces
  • Payment, administration and management of provincial property rates which DPW was responsible for
  • the budget devolved in a form of Conditional Grant
  • Each province was then expected to pay the property rates for the properties on lists provided.
why grants and not equitable shares
Why Grants and not equitable shares
  • To ensure that the grant is earmarked for payment of property rates pertaining to provincially-owned properties
  • To ensure that the provinces are not adversely affected during the division of funds based on the number of properties in that specific province
  • To ensure an effective transition of the function from national to provincial government
allocation criteria
Allocation criteria
  • Funds were allocated per province based on the determination/calculations submitted by the National Department of Public Works
  • The determinations/calculations plans assessed against:
    • Property lists extracted from the national department's assets register
    • Calculations based on the 2006/07 financial year's expenditure
responsibilities of the national department
Responsibilities of the National Department
  • The national Department of Public Works will oversee the transfer of the function, provide support and training as needed to the Provincial Departments of Public Works
  • Monitor performance of Provinces
  • Support the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in vesting of relevant properties in the Provinces' name
  • Transfer payments to Provincial Departments of Public Works
  • Monitor and evaluate the transfer of function into the relevant Provinces
  • Submit quarterly performance reports to National Treasury
  • Submit the allocation criteria, 2010 MTEF allocations and the final conditional grant framework that relate to this grant to National Treasury by 7 December 2009 or as requested by National Treasury
responsibilities of the provincial department of public works
Responsibilities of the Provincial Department of Public Works
  • As part of the report required in terms of sec 71 of the MFMA and sec 40(4)(c) of the PFMA report to the relevant
    • Report to the relevant Provincial Treasury, the National Treasury and National Public Works spending and financial performance of the grant
    • Submit quarterly reports within 30 days after the end of the third quarter, non-financial performance reports to NDPW and National Treasury
    • The receiving officer must, within two months after the end of the financial year, and where relevant the municipal financial year, evaluate its performance in respect of the grant and submit such evaluation to the transferring national officer.
payment schedule

22 Aug 2009

22 Sept 2009

23 Oct 2009

23 Feb 2009


23 June 2009

23 July 2009;

22 September 2009

22 October 2009)

Payment schedule

As part of the lessons learnt, the payment schedule was revised for 2009/10 to enable Provinces to pay the rates and to avoid the interest charges.

challenges municipalities
  • Delays in municipalities to generate invoices/ property rates schedules
  • Municipalities with inefficient billing system (payment schedules)
  • No valuation rolls
  • Delay in issuing invoices on properties affected by Municipal Demarcation of boundaries
  • Inaccurate verification and reconciliation of invoices from other municipalities (discrepancies of invoices presented to DPW by municipalities)
  • The impact of the new Property Rates Act (causes shortfall on budget allocation)
  • Municipalities billing DPW for properties which are not registered either in National or Provincial competency
  • Capacity within the National & Provincial Public Works
way forward
  • Declare over allocations
  • Improve Reporting to National DPW in line with DORA
  • Establish credible Asset Register
  • Participate in Provincial/ Municipal Debt Management Forum
  • Jointly with NDPW draft a motivation for increase of the grants
  • Motivate for the grant to become a rein fenced equitable share.