Cronjé targets pay and travel in spending cuts

2013-03-13 00:00

FINANCE MEC Ina Cronjé mapped out a host of intensified measures to ensure that government spending is tightened, particularly on remuneration and travel-related costs.

A cap is also to be placed on the number of events held, as well as on the cost for each event.

Other measures include:

• An immediate moratorium on the filling of non-critical posts;

• A review of all organisational plans must be undertaken with the view to eliminating some non-essential posts permanently;

• A head count must be undertaken with a view to possible elimination of “ghost” employees;

• Overseas trips to be “rationalised”, with the number of delegates being kept to a minimum;

• Business class travel only for MECs and HoDs (and MPLs, where applicable);

• Only essential trips to be undertaken within the province and domestically;

• Kilometre limits to be implemented;

• Unnecessary overnight accommodation to be cut down;

• No furniture or equipment may be bought unless it is an essential requirement for service delivery;

• Catering for meetings to be stopped;

• No team-building exercises or year-end/Christmas functions (only permitted if paid for by the staff themselves);

• No promotional items, such as shirts, caps, bags, to be purchased (exceptions to be approved by the Treasury);

• No payments in lieu of leave; leave days to be cleared;

• Overtime must be strictly controlled and only used when absolutely essential.

The provincial government will also consider the possibility of centralising a portion of the province’s media and communications budget in the Office of the Premier.

It will also look at reducing the space bought in national publications, especially for advertising of posts. The idea is to list posts that are vacant and direct applicants to the relevant departmental websites, rather than including the full advertisement in the publication.

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