- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says he has heeded the call to cut back on travel expenditure
- The minister shared some snaps of his experience flying economy class on his way to Pretoria
- This comes after Finance Minister Tito Mboweni called for more modest expenses for government officials
A major bone of contention for South Africans has been the apparently lavish lifestyle of civil servants.
With the state under pressure to do more with a smaller budget and increased need for service delivery, spending has drawn the ire of many citizens.
The government is on a mission to cut back and it seems some high-profile individuals are taking note of these efforts.
Briefly.co.za reported that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had called on officials to pursue cheaper alternatives when they travel in a bid to cut costs.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula heeded the call and shared some photos of his experience, commenting that:
"Someone tell Tito Mboweni that we are heeding his call of flying economy. I hope soon we can be offered “Snoek or Sardines” or the green things that grow on his garden, high hopes for many when flying high in the skies. Duty calls in Pretoria: Meeting e-hailing services."
Mbalula had been teasing Mboweni over his calls to use cannabis as a lucrative source of tax income and his penchant for canned fish.
However, Mboweni is serious about cutting back on government spending, including planned cuts to the state's wage bill which will see R160 billion shed over the course of the next few years:
"Wage bill growth outside the public service is also contributing to fiscal pressure. During 2020, government will legislate a remuneration framework for public entities and state-owned companies. The framework will improves alignment of pay scales with the public service, and contain excessive salaries and other payments."
The minister had previously shared his own experience flying economy on his way to the State of the Nation Address saying that he was 'changing behaviour' by taking it one step at a time.
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