BMIT Report: SA ICT spend in givernment 2022

BMIT’s report on ICT expenditure in government examines the three tiers of government in South Africa, namely, national, provincial and local.

The overall sizing of government ICT spend is assessed, and the report focuses in particular on the government departments and provinces that have big ICT budgets. The report includes spending trends and big deals which are significantly impacting the socio-economic and political environment in the country.

Segmentation of the data is provided according to the BMIT ICT definitions of communications and IT hardware, software and services, as defined in the slide following.

Research methodology

This report is the outcome of secondary research techniques:

  • The February 2021 Budget for national government, both published Votes and unpublished audited ICT expenditure data received from National Treasury.
  • Top line provincial 2021 Budget data, and ICT data, made available by National Treasury to BMIT.
  • Municipal 2020 Budget data and documentation, with ICT categories made available by Treasury. When the audited ICT spend data for metropolitan and municipal government is made available to BMIT from National Treasury within the next few months, this report will be updated with the local government data, and an updated copy of this report will be sent to all who purchased the report.
  • Government entity information from SONAs, SOPAs, other speeches, and IDPs, APPs, SIDPs, annual reports and other strategic plans.
  • Secondary research using a wide variety of resources, including Statistics SA, and ICT industry news sources.
  • BMIT’s internal database of research and experience.


  • BMIT appreciates the cooperation from National Treasury in releasing unpublished, detailed data on audited ICT spend, which enables us to present as accurate as possible a picture of both the size of government ICT expenditure,  specific ICT categories of spend, and the extent to which departments and provinces use SITA.
  • Since the forecasted estimates for the MTEF period for the national and provincial budgets are not available at the same level of ICT detail, forecasting in this report is based on those more accurate audited numbers, and premised upon the available Budget MTEF estimates as well as BMIT’s own forecasting, which represents our ‘most likely’ view taking into account the credibility of each of the above sources.
  • This version of the report will be updated in December 2021 with the municipal budget data, which will be released by National Treasury by National Treasury when it is complete. In order to offer an estimated total government ICT spend, the 2020 Budget estimates are used in this version of the report.
  • The municipal data includes, for the first time, the 44 district municipalities. 
  • This will be the third year that mSCOA* standard of accounts has been compulsory in all three tiers of government. Each year the data is accordingly more comprehensive as more municipalities are able to adjust to the use of the mSCOA accounting code categories and system.


Table of Content


BMIT ICT category segmentation

Research methodology used in this report

Economic Overview

  • GDP and economic prospects for South Africa

Total Government ICT Spend

  • Total government spend on IT and telecoms
  • Total national and provincial ICT spend
  • Summary of national & provincial ICT spend, 2019/20 – 2023/24
  • Summary of municipal ICT spend, 2019/20 – 2022/23 

Major ICT Policies

  • 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Spectrum Assignment
  • Other policies that impact on ICT
  • Pending ICT policies and reports

Major National ICT Programmes and Policies

  • The Integrated Justice System (IJS) 
  • SA Connect
  • Spectrum Planning and Assignment
  • Background and status of WOAN process and spectrum/WOAN ITAs
  • 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Pending ICT policies and reports

ICT Agencies and SOEs

• SOC rationalisation programme
• SITA (State Information Technology Agency)
• BBI (Broadband Infraco)
• Sentech
• ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa)
• USAASA (Universal Service and Access Agency of SA)

National ICT Spend

• National government departments’ ICT spend 2017/18 – 2023/24
• IT and telecoms spend categories, proportion of actual spend of national government departments 2020/21
• National departments’ ICT spend: SITA versus non-SITA, 2020/21
• Top 4 national departmental ICT spenders
• Top national ICT spenders: in addition to the top 4 ICT spenders,
• National Department – Police ICT budgeted expenditure
• National Department – Home Affairs ICT budgeted expenditure
• National Department – Defence budgeted ICT spend
• National Department – Justice ICT budgeted expenditure

Provincial ICT Spend

• Provincial government ICT spend 2017/18 – 2023/24
• Provincial ICT spend by categories
• Provincial government ICT spend in 2020/21
• Provincial government spend through SITA services, 2020/21
• Gauteng government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast
• Western Cape government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast
• KwaZulu-Natal government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast
• Eastern Cape government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast
• Limpopo government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast
• Mpumalanga government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast
• North West government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast
• Free State government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast
• Northern Cape government ICT spend 2020/21 and forecast

Local Government ICT Spend

• Local government ICT spend, of metros and local municipalities
• Local government ICT spend for 254 municipalities

Metros ICT Spend

• ICT spend by the eight metros
• Metros ICT sub-sector budgeted spend

District Municipalities, Major Secondary Cities and Local Municipalities

• District municipalities budget for ICT spend
• Secondary Cities: The big spenders
• Local municipalities budget for ICT spend

ICT Big Deals in Government

• Justice department
• Department of Home Affairs
• South African Police
• National Government



Research team

The team for this research Penny Smith, Brian Neilso, Clinton Jacobs and Christopher Geerdts. This team has extensive sector experience in this field, having conducted these studies annually for the past decade.

Further information

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