The consolidated net change in the stock of cash from the general government sector amounted to a decrease of R25 797 million for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.
The statistical release provides information on the sources and uses of cash of consolidated general government for the fiscal years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, classified economically and functionally. In the 2015/2016 fiscal year, the net change in the stock of cash amounted to a cash deficit of R25 797 million.
The major contributors to R25 797 million of consolidated net change in the stock of cash from the general government sector for the fiscal year 2015/2016 were the cash receipts from operating activities of R1 350 865 million (2014/2015: R1 218 319 million); cash payments for operating activities of R1 373 280 million (2014/2015: R1 249 183 million); purchases of non-financial assets of R142 881 million (2014/2015: R123 596 million); sales of non-financial assets of R1 899 million (2014/2015: R1 574 million); net acquisition of financial assets other than cash of R23 556 million (2014/2015: R27 048 million); and net incurrence of liabilities of R161 158 million (2014/2015: R194 295 million).
The largest contributor to the total cash payments for operating activities and purchases of non-financial assets (functionally classified) of R1 516 162 million by the general government sector for the 2015/2016 fiscal year was general public services (R373 374 million, contributing 24,6%), followed by education (R285 735 million or 18,8%), social protection (R202 833 million or 13,4%), health (R172 803 million or 11,4%), economic affairs (R169 926 million or 11,2%), public order and safety (R150 085 million or 9,9%), housing and community amenities (R69 861 million or 4,6%), defence (R43 486 million or 2,9%), recreation, culture and religion (R36 385 million or 2,4%) and environmental protection (R11 674 million or 0,8%).