SA Ministers join the public in economy class following new restrictions

SA Ministers join the public in economy class following new restrictions

- Government budget cuts are kicking in and the boujee life of government is getting cut down to size

- SA Ministers will now be flying economy class with the rest of us

- President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that a large number of senior officials will not be getting pay increases either

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A new ministerial handbook was agreed upon in December 2019 has replaced the controversial ministerial handbook introduced in 2007, and Government took to social media to show how costs have been cut with executives flying economy class.

We were able to bear witness to this, in fact, happening when a tweet was shared on Monday showing Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration Sindi Chikunga flying in coach on a South African Airways plane. found that it states in the amended ministerial handbook that those in public office, when travelling, even with partners, have to do so by booking in economy class. This applies to official domestic travel and for international travel which is less than two hours long.

In addition to the new travelling clause, the cost of purchasing a new vehicle has a limit of R700 00 which includes VAT.

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Some of the other changes are;

  • The limit for a spouse’s domestic trips is now six economy trips a year.
  • As far as personal trips for ministers is concerned, that has been cut from 30 per year to 20.
  • The state will no longer carry any costs pertaining to security upgrades which are done at a minister’s private home.
  • There has also been a cut in smartphone expenditure giving ministers a limit of R60 000 per year which will be for calls and rental.
  • In respect of water and electricity, for state-owned residences, the contribution from the state will now be R5 000 a month.
  • Should a member resign from office, the continued benefits are one calendar month.
  • A member may only take residence of one state-owned home which is free of charge.

President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that a number of senior officials, which includes David Mabuza, deputy president, will not be awarded a salary increase this year.

Those ministers that are earning less than R1.5 million a year, will more than likely see an increase of +- 3%.

The above supports what was said by Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019 Budget Speech. He iterated that the public wage bill is unsustainable and that budgets will have to be reduced by no less than R27 billion over the next three years.

Mboweni also stated that members of Parliament, provincial legislatures and executive at public entities will not be receiving a salary increase during 2019/2020’s financial year which will aid to reduce the expenditure on remuneration.

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