Social development overspent millions on travel

2017-04-06 13:16
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. (Lulama Zenzile, Netwerk24)

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. (Lulama Zenzile, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The Department of Social Development spent more than R100m on local travel during the 2015/16 financial year, a parliamentary reply revealed on Thursday.

The department spent R105m on local trips, and a further R16m on international trips in the financial year ending March 2016, according to the department's reply.

Included in the international trips was a two-week trip to New York in April 2015 for a UN commission on population and development.

Minister Bathabile Dlamini had been put up in accommodation for R92 000 during the trip, while the next highest expenditure on accommodation was R63 000.

Other international trips of the 44 taken in the period included Ethiopa, Zimbabwe, the UK, Brazil, Canada, and a second trip to New York in June.

There was no breakdown of the local travel arrangements.

Last week, another parliamentary reply revealed that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) had contracts with various information and communication technology service providers, worth over R1bn.

Sassa will spend roughly R1.18bn in total on 27 different ICT contracts currently in effect, and running for a period of between two to five years, Dlamini said.

In response to another question, Dlamini told Democratic Alliance MP Tim Brauteseth that Sassa had not yet presented any business model to the National Treasury for a long-term solution for the social grants scheme.

It would do so in due course, and the funds would be taken from Sassa's surplus funds, and not its existing budget, she said.

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