- South Africa's Finance Minister Tito Mboweni decided to try something new: he asked the public what they want
- Mboweni asked tweeps for ideas for the upcoming budget for next week
- The public was more than happy to share their ideas on the social media platform
Tito Mboweni hasn't been Nhlanhla Nene's replacement for very long but he's already doing things differently.
The Finance Minister decided to ask ordinary South Africans what they want to happen with the upcoming Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.
Mboweni took to social media and asked tweeps for ideas while asking them to not tell 'the Establishment'.
Let us do something unusual which will annoy the Establishment. If you were Minister of Finance, what would you announce on Wednesday next week. It is time for the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS). Over to you. Don’t tell the Establishment about this tweet!!
South Africans were more than happy to give Mboweni their ideas and thoughts:
@ricardomackenzi - Announce to save South Africa money I will immediately Advise the President cut the Cabinet in half and #SellSAA. Sell the Ministerial houses in Cape Town.
@OdiLosaba - Announce a revised ministerial handbook which will see Ministers drive Cars worth R700k max and R600k max for Dep Ministers, MECs, Mayors and Premiers. Force Municipalities to get Treasury approval before doing deviations, enforce strict 30 day payment rule to SMMEs.
@Mbele_Roberts - For a start use the words “Radical” & “Innovation” interchangeably - show us a brand new way of running the economy, not just adjusting tax, or equity figures in mining, finance & redistributing parcels of land - let’s hear big ideas that move SA into the new digital economy
@MathandaNcube - Slash cabinet perks. Ministers must buy own homes and own cars.
@palesa_morudu - Fire the Establishment.
@ALSITRADER - 10% pay cut for all government employees will save you R56.7 billion a year. If you are really brave fire another 10% and that is R120 billion saved a year. Use 120 billion to educate poor how to run small business preferably in townships. Support small startups in those areas, reduce taxes for new companies.
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