Information drive on government budgets to be held in Bfn


Always wondered how the budget process in government works? Well, the National Treasury, in partnership with civil society coalition IMALI YETHU, and the Free State Provincial Treasury, will be hosting Civic Information Drives (CIDs) in Bloemfontein from 25 to 27 July 2019.

Government budgets can be intimidating as they are often presented in complicated and inaccessible formats. For this reason, Vulekamali was created to make national and provincial government budgets more accessible to everyone in South Africa. Currently, this includes a combination of interactive visualisations, simple graphs, summarised budget documents and educational videos.

Community organisations, Free State Provincial and Local Government officials, SMMEs and university students who are eager to learn more about government budgets, are encouraged to attend and to contribute to the development of this portal.

The first event is the CSO Budget Literacy training taking place on 25 – 26 July 2019 at the Leslie Monnanyane Hall in Rocklands.

The 2-day training focuses on introducing participants to the budget process within government, interacting with, but importantly, being able to interact with national and provincial government officials.

The second event is the Better Budget DataQuest on 27 July 2019 at the Kagisanong Community Hall in Rocklands.

The goal of the DataQuest is to bring together this diverse audience to explore solutions to information and advocacy needs. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the National and Provincial government budget information available on the #vulekamali portal.

The aim of these events is to raise awareness about a budget portal they are developing called, and to encourage participants to engage with the South African National and Provincial department budgets, and create budget data-driven solutions to some of the problems experienced by local communities.

To register for these events, visit: ​