Department to ‘soon’ amend ministerial handbook

2010-03-03 14:04

ADJUSTMENTS to the Ministerial Handbook, which deals with

remuneration packages for ministers and allowances for luxury vehicles, will be

“communicated” very soon, Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said


“We have a draft that is being considered,” Baloyi said at a media

briefing in Cape Town.

“The collective leadership of government will add their views on

the proposals. Very soon we will communicate which areas of ministerial handbook

you will have to revisit in terms of content.”

“Very soon. Certainly before the World Cup.”

Baloyi and Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge were tasked with

making amendments to clauses of the handbook, which among other things allows

departments to spend up to “70% of the inclusive annual remuneration package of

a minister” on official vehicles.

A public outcry erupted last year when Cabinet members were

reported to have spent tens of millions of rands on luxury vehicles, many fitted

with expensive accessories, for official use in both Cape Town and


Asked at the time if he thought it was moral and ethical for

ministers to be driving around in luxury vehicles while many South Africans were

going hungry, Baloyi responded: “This is a tool to do work. A tool to do work

must be assessed in terms of the environment where this worker is supposed to do


Asked if it bothered him, Baloyi – who is a member of the

ministerial team appointed to effect savings in government spending, a brief

that includes a review of the handbook – replied: “Yes, yes, it does bother.

That is why we are saying we are considering options.”

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