New departments ‘will not cost R40m’

2014-06-27 14:20

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New government departments will not cost R40 million as claimed, acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams has said.

President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet now includes departments of water and sanitation, telecommunications and postal services, and small business development. Three departments have two deputy ministers each.

Williams today denied reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene put the cost of the expanded Cabinet at R40 million while answering parliamentary questions from DA MP Malcolm Figg.

“I find the reporting misleading, as the minister did not mix his words when he said the money would come from existing budgets, ‘mostly through expenditure reprioritisation’,” she said.

“This is by no means a suggestion of an extra burden on the taxpayers.”

The restructured Cabinet aimed to make the government more efficient in delivering services.

“The budget votes that will soon be presented in Parliament will provide a clear picture of how the government departments will deliver on their mandates,” Williams said.

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