Here’s What Government Bought With Your Tax Money In 2015


Stats SA has released the financial report for National Government for the 2014/15 financial year, revealing where all your tax money is being spent.

According to the report, an increase in tax collection in the past financial year led to a total income of R1.02 trillion, with taxes accounting for R986 billion of that figure, with the balance coming from grants and other sources.

The biggest government expense is in grants – financial awards to various programmes, business and otherwise, that are non-repayable – took a massive R685 billion chunk of available funds.

This is followed by social benefits (R126 billion) and employee compensation (R123 billion) which were the next biggest expenses by national government.

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After interest, subsidies, purchases and other payments are taken into account, national government started the new financial year with a net outflow of R150 billion, R2.2 billion more than the start of the 2014/15.

Taking into account the cash flows from other financing activities – such as a net inflow of R181.5 billion worth of incurred liabilities and the acquisition of R4.1 billion worth of assets – national government’s net change in stock increased to R12.4 billion for the year.

Government spending


National government purchases amounted to R63.3 billion in the 2014/15 financial year. The biggest expense listed in the report is on “other structures” at R6.97 billion, with the department of justice and Constitutional development racking up the highest bill.

Non-residential buildings drew a bill of R3.44 billion, followed by transport equipment of R2.1 billion.

The graph below details how much government spent on these purchases:

Government purchases


Source: Business

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