Patricia de Lille announces cuts to spending on ministers' residences

Patricia de Lille announces cuts to spending on ministers' residences

- Patricia De Lille has announced cuts to spending on ministers' homes

- She also said that formal austerity guidelines would soon be implemented

- De Lille also said that there would no longer be secrecy regarding the awarding of tenders

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Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia De Lille, says that there will be spending cuts regarding the refurbishment of Cabinet ministers' official residences.

De Lille made the announcement during a media briefing on Wednesay.

She added that formal austerity guidelines are currently in the pipeline.

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"We will avoid exorbitant expenditure on accommodation, state functions, etc," De Lille said.

According to Business Day, these spending cuts will stop government officials from purchasing new furniture, among other expenditure. Instead, existing furniture will be repaired and reupholstered where necessary. 

De Lille also said that Cabinet members would be forced to keep their use of water and electricity to a minimum. 

Additionally, and perhaps most notably, De Lille called for greater government transparency, saying, "There will be no secrecy in the awarding of tenders."

In response to the minister's announcements, the DA has said that they will hold her to account and ensure that government keeps these promises, has gathered.

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The DA has railed against government spending on ministerial perks in the past. Previously, the party has been critical of the spending done by De Lille's predecessor, Thulas Nxesi. 

Nxesi reportedly spent over R40 million on renovations to ministers' residences in Cape Town and Pretoria.

Patricia Kopane, a spokesperson for the DA, said that this massive expenditure was an insult to "our poor and unemployed citizens".

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