News and Events

On 21 February 2018 Zukiswa Kota spoke to the SABC about the launch of Vulekamali.

On 20 February 2018 the VULEKAMALI Open Budget Portal for South Africa was officially launched at a briefing in Parliament. Media articles covering the launch include: https://www.enca.com/south-africa/gigaba-launches-online-budget-data-portal
Online portal gives South Africans a way to send e-tips to finance minister

On 1 February 2018 Dr Kay Brown from National Treasury appeared on SABC’s Morning Live to discuss the results of the Open Budget Index (OBI) 2017 and the collaboration between National Treasury and IMALI YETHU to develop the Open Budget Portal now called Vulekamali.

BACKGROUND
Following the official commencement of the project to develop South Africa’s online budget portal in August 2017 – much has happened. The progress has  been exciting to witness.

Participants listen to input from Michael Sachs at the first Data Quest in Pretoria

In September 2017,  the first data quest to inform the development of the portal took place in Pretoria. The data quest brought together experts from government, civil society, media, academia, private sector and technical communities to unpack how to make Treasury’s budget information accessible to all South Africans in order to promote citizen engagement.

Five parallel sessions were run and 27 topics were discussed. The topics covered a wide range of areas ranging from the capacity of government systems to how communities can access budget data in low-technology environments. Sessions were convened by participants and tended to be self-organised.

A short YouTube clip giving a snap shot of the data quest is viewable here. The most recent progress update issued by National Treasury on the development of an Open Budget Portal is available here.

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