- Ramaphosa has responded to questions regarding the reconfiguration of government departments
- A team has been set up to review and eventually reduce the size of departments within government including the Cabinet
- South Africa has twice as many ministers than the United States of America
President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed on Friday that a technical task team of officials from a variety of departments will review and eventually scale down the size of government departments as well as the national executive.
Briefly.co.za learnd that currently South Africa's Cabinet consists of 35 ministers and 36 deputies which makes South Africa's Cabinets one of the largest in the world Compared with the United States of America with only 15 ministers and places a great deal of strain on the economy according to news24.com .
Ramaphosa announced the team in reply to a written question submitted by the David Maynier of the Democratic Alliance.
Maynier was querying whether the reconfiguration of the government and its departments had become.
If the recommendations of the team are accepted they will only take effect after the general elections in 2019.
Ramaphosa said in his state of the nation address that: “it was critical that the structure and size of the state was optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources”.
Julius Malema of the EFF has been very critical of the size of the Cabinet and has said that the majority of the deputy ministers are "useless".
Oposing parties have called on Ramaphosa to reduce the size of the country's Cabinet to save the country millions of rands and improve efficiency.
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