National Treasury joins Western Cape ‘Whatsapp group’ – Confirms support for devolution of powers to capable provincial and local governments
29 November 2023
In National Treasury’s response to the Western Cape’s recommendations for amendments by the NCOP to the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill, National Treasury expressed their support for the devolution of rail, housing and bus services to capable provincial and local governments.
According to the response to the recommendation of the Western Cape Budget Committee that fiscal decentralisation be encouraged by National Treasury to empower provinces and municipalities for more effective service delivery, the National Treasury responded:
“The recommendation is noted. The National Treasury is on record supporting the devolution of rail, housing, and bus services functions in a responsible and sustainable manner where capacity constraints are considered. We believe that where possible, local governments should have greater fiscal control to better manage the resources available to them and enhance their ability to provide essential services.”
Further, in response to the recommendation of the Western Cape Budget Committee that National Treasury embraces subsidiarity and allocative efficiency principles by devolving certain powers to capable provinces and metros, fostering greater operational efficiency not currently forecasted in the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill 2023, the National Treasury responded: