Ramaphosa has plans to cut Cabinet, merge departments, overhaul state

Ramaphosa has plans to cut Cabinet, merge departments, overhaul state

- Ramaphosa's administration says it will implement widespread changes to try to streamline government

- This will involve reducing the number of departments and cabinet ministers

- Additionally, there are proposals to slash the public wage bill

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Government has announced several plans to attempt to cut costs and reduce the size of cabinet.

The proposal, which Ramaphosa intends to implement after the election, would involve merging several government departments and dropping several cabinet positions.

Additionally, an economics department will be set up.

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This comes on the heels of Ramaphosa's SONA speech, where he made similar pledges to reduce costs and make government more efficient -most notably, his proposal to divide ESKOM into three.

Additionally, Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo has reportedly explained to City Press that government is also considering reducing the number of provinces, a proposal which was last debated at the ANC's Mangaung conference.

Dlodlo said that local government structures were being examining to see how efficient they were in terms of service delivery, and how they could be improved. 

With regard to the merging of departments, several specific departments were singled out as possible candidates for merging.

Examples include the proposed merging of agriculture and land reform, mineral resources with the energy department, as well as the department of public works with rural development.

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This all comes as part of Ramaphosa's push to overhaul the state. Other major changes on the table include dividing the intelligence services into two agencies, one focusing on domestic issues and one foreign, as well as slashing the public wage bill. 

The wages for the state's 1.2 million civil servants reportedly cost the taxpayer almost R500 billion every year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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