Premier pulls purse strings

2012-12-14 00:00

THE KWAZULU-NATAL government has once again put a stop to the spending of taxpayer’s money on frivolous Christmas parties and year-end functions for civil servants.

Among other means to curb wasteful expenditure, the provincial government has instructed departments to eliminate non–essential posts.

The departments have also been instructed to conduct head counts before the end of July 2013 to eliminate ghost employees.

At a press conference yesterday, Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize put forward stringent cost cutting measures.

“A review of the departments’ organograms is needed with a view to eliminating some non–essential posts from these structures permanently. This review must be completed by the end of February 2013,” said Mkhize.

He said the posts would be those that were not essential for service delivery.

Mkhize said no furniture or equipment should be bought unless it was a critical requirement for service delivery.

Essential training had to be done in–house with the exception of training that was approved by the head of department.

He said overseas trips needed to be rationalised with the number of delegates being kept to a minimum and car hire bookings lowered.

Business class travel would be restricted to MECs, heads of departments and members of the Provincial Legislature.

Mkhize said officials would be limited to travelling an average of 2 500 km per month.

“The use of marquees is to only be considered where such events cannot be held at municipality halls, schools or FETs.”

Departments must also to cut down on unnecessary overnight accommodation and staff could sleep over only if the total distance to and from the destination was more than 500 km.

Mkhize added that no leave conversion payments would be processed and that there would be strict control of overtime.

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