Ministers to see their perks cut with revised Ministerial Handbook

Ministers to see their perks cut with revised Ministerial Handbook

President Ramaphosa's new ministers can expect to enjoy fewer perks than their predecessors. The revised Ministerial Handbook has drastically cut down on the benefits of ministers.

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It is the end of first-class trips when going overseas, official cars have a price limit of R700 000 and state-sponsored big-screen TV sets are no longer a thing.

South African ministers are set to have way fewer perks than before.

This is according to the Ministerial Handbook that was revised by the recent cabinet lekgotla, reports TimesLIVE.

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The revised handbook has been a decade in the making and is a classified document.

Thanks to the revisions that were made, ministers will have to go through the Minister of Finance when buying new vehicles.

Part of the handbook reads:

“Official vehicles are to be procured through a transversal contract concluded by National Treasury to ensure the procurement of cheaper vehicles, more efficient service, limitation on expenditure and standardisation.”

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Briefly.co.za gathered that ministers used to be able to spend up to R1.6 million. That kind of spending is what outraged South Africans so much in the past.

With the new changes, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni told Treasury Director-General, Dondo Mogajane, to sell 2 BMW X5s that have been purchased by the department for his predecessor and the former deputy minister.

Mboweni himself has chosen not to use a state-provided car.

Another change made is that ministers have to find the cheapest tickets they can when flying locally and overseas.

“For both domestic and international air travel, members [of the executive] are permitted to fly business class using the cheapest of three quotations for the most cost-effective and convenient route.”

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Furthermore, ministers' spouses can only accompany them on international trips twice a year, and only under certain circumstances.

The Ministerial Handbook has been changed in numerous ways to cut down on government spending.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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