On Tuesday, 12 April 2016, the North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Provincial Affairs, Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development and Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Roads, Transport and Community will be conducting public hearings on the Division of Revenue Bill 2016 and Expropriation Bill 2015 in four districts of the province at 14h00.

The public hearings will be held at Mahikeng Civic Centre; Chris Hani Community Hall in Sarafina, Potchefstroom; Vryburg Banquet Hall and Rustenburg Civic Centre.

The Division of Revenue Bill 2016 aims to provide for the equitable division of revenue raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government for the 2016/17 financial year and the determination of each province’s equitable share and allocations to provinces, local government and municipalities from national government’s equitable share. It also aims to provide the responsibilities of all three spheres pursuant to such division and allocations; and to provide for matters connected within.

Part of the Legislature’s mandate is to promote public participation & oversight, therefore the Bill intends to hear the voice of the community with regards to how funds should be allocated into various Government structures.

The money appropriated by the Legislature to the government departments should be spent in terms of the Public Finance Management Act No 1 of 1999.

The Expropriation Bill 2015 aims to provide for the expropriation of property for a public purpose or in the public interest and to provide for matters connected within.

Members of the media are invited to attend the public hearing and they can contact Namhla Luhabe on 079 527 0628 for further information.