Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul promises to cut MEC benefits

Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul promises to cut MEC benefits

Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul says MECs in his province will have reduced benefits. This is aimed at cutting costs. Saul says the saved funds could be used for public initiatives.

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Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul has announced plans to reduce benefits for MECs and use the funds for development projects.

He said on Facebook that the Northern Cape would have its own guidelines concerning the benefits that MECs get.

This comes as the new national Guide for Members of the Executive will, in some cases, actually increase spending on ministerial perks.

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The new guidelines will increase the staff for many ministers, in some instances by as much as 100%. Ministers will be entitled to 15 support staff members, while premiers and MECs will get 13 each, and deputy ministers 11, according to DFA.

This new guide came into effect last month.

However, Saul says that his province will adhere to its own guide regarding MEC staff and perks. He said that his will be more "modest" and will be geared toward cutting costs, has gathered.

In a public post, Saul promised that the measures would save the province "thousands of Rand".

Presumably, Saul's guidelines would see his MECs allocated a smaller staff than the national guidelines.

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The premier, who has generated much public goodwill since assuming office by announcing measures to reduce spending on VIP treatment for government officials, said that said that leaders should take a pay cut in order to help citizens.

"We must, as elected leaders, deliberately put ourselves in a disadvantage to create an advantage for the poor," he said.

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