Three don’t want new cars

2014-06-03 00:00

CAPE TOWN — At least three ministers have indicated they will follow the example by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene not to buy new official cars.

Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, and Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour — both ministers from the previous cabinet — yesterday confirmed they will keep their current vehicles.

Pandor’s Mercedes-Benz ML is five years old while Olifant bought a new car last year.

The new Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, also said he has no plans to buy a new car but will continue using the vehicle left by his predecessor Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

The Times yesterday reported Nene had asked ministers to be moderate in buying official vehicles in view of the slow growth rate.

Nene indicated he will not be buying a new car anytime soon and will instead continue to use the Nissan Pathfinder he had as deputy minister of finance.

In terms of the ministerial handbook, ministers and their deputies can buy two official cars, one for Pretoria and one for Cape Town.

The cost of each car must not exceed more than 70% of the minister’s annual salary. Ministers get about R2,1 million a year while deputy minister get R1,7 million.

The ministerial handbook also determines that departments may buy official cars if the current model has been driven for 120 000 km or is five years old.

The DA said their research shows that ministers in the previous term spent at least R32,5 million on new cars, and another R16,2 million in 2012.

On top of this, more than R9 million was spent on hiring cars in 2012.

Pravin Gordhan, former minister of finance, announced strict cost-saving measures in October last year, which includes a ban on credit cards and alcohol at state functions.

Opposition parties, however, complained and the measures were considerably watered down when the Treasury announced its regulations in December.

In terms of these regulations, which came into effect on January 1, fuel and credit cards may be used for travel and accommodation and alcohol may be served at state banquets.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.