Dept of Public Works spent R46m on day-to-day maintenance of ministerial homes

Dept of Public Works spent R46m on day-to-day maintenance of ministerial homes

- It has come to light that almost R46 million has been spent by the Department of Public Works on maintenance for ministerial homes in Cape Town and Pretoria during the 2018 financial year

- Minister Thulas Nxesi made it clear that this amount was for day-to-day maintenance and not for renovations

- The figures had been part of a written reply to a parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance

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The Department of Public works has spent almost R46 million on maintenance for ministerial homes in Pretoria and Cape Town for the 2018 financial year. Further to this, another R22 million has been spent on upkeep since the beginning of the 2019 financial year.

These figures were revealed by Minister for the department Thulas Nxesi in response to a parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance.

Nxesi further disclosed that the government had paid a shocking amount of R90 000 for four beds, two queen-sized and two singles for residences in Gauteng.

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During the Minister’s reply it was made transparent that the millions expended had been for day-to-day maintenance.

Between April and the end of 2018, nearly R8 million had been spent in Pretoria and R14.4 million in Cape Town, bringing the figure up to R68 million with more to come.

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Nxesi explained that renovations had been carried out in the 2016 financial year, to the tune of R9.3 million, for security upgrades including walls, cameras, electric fences and guard posts.

The municipal valuations of the ministerial homes came to R117 million in Pretoria, with Cape Town homes coming in just below R825 million.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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