Back to top

Socio Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS)

About Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS)

In South Africa, Cabinet decided on the need for a consistent assessment of the socio-economic impact of policy initiatives, legislation and regulations in February 2007. The approval followed a study commissioned by the Presidency and the National Treasury in response to concerns about the failure in some cases to understand the full costs of regulations and especially the impact on the economy.

To implement the Cabinet decision, from 1 October 2015 Cabinet Memoranda seeking approval for draft Policies, Bills or Regulations must include an impact assessment that has been signed off by Policy and Research Services in the Presidency. Cabinet Memoranda have been reviewed for departments to include information generated by the SEIAS in the recommendations. In addition, the Memoranda provide for a summary of the main findings of the final impact assessment as well as annexing a full report (refer to the Presidency Guide for the Drafting of the Cabinet Memoranda). Public Policies and Regulations that are internally signed by Ministers should also be subjected to SEIAS.

The Presidency is responsible for coordinating its implementation, do quality control and provide capacity to government. An Interdepartmental Steering Committee provides guidance, support and oversee the implementation of SEIAS.