Car hire costs unavoidable - minister

2011-07-25 22:09

Johannesburg - Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi has spent R360 000 on car rentals since March last year for "unavoidable" reasons, he said on Monday.

In a parliamentary reply, Baloyi said he used rentals on 21 occasions to carry out official duties in other provinces, where he could not use his official vehicles in Pretoria and Cape Town.

Baloyi said the department had taken all measures necessary to avoid fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

He said his Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo had rented cars on 18 occasions from November at a cost of R205 000.

"Dlodlo was without an official permanent vehicle and thus had to rely on hired vehicles, with her official vehicle procured in March 2011," he said.

Former deputy minister Roy Padayachie had used 48 hired cars from March to October last year at a cost of R1 204 000.

He had had to leave his official vehicle at the department of communications and could not immediately purchase another.

Baloyi was replying to questions about car rentals submitted by Democratic Alliance MP Ian Ollis to each member of the executive.

So far, five ministries have replied. They are: public works, arts and culture, mineral resources, tourism, and trade and industry.

"Although a certain level of expenditure on car hire is quite acceptable, the DA regards the trend that has emerged from the information contained in these replies to be of deep concern," he said after his initial findings at the start of June.

"For a member of the executive to spend hundreds of thousands of rands worth of state funds on car hire raises serious questions about the degree of financial prudence being exercised by the [President Jacob] Zuma Cabinet."

Baloyi said car rentals were budgeted for under the travel and subsistence policy. The purchasing of cars was capital expenditure which could only be done through the medium term budget review.

  • freedom - 2011-07-25 23:16

    What vehicles do these guys hire? R1.2m man these guys are wasting our hard earned money

      LagUTroll - 2011-07-26 05:50

      With that money you are looking at over R5000 per day for car rental. That's assuming you rented a car for a SOLID 8 months (march->October) which they obviously didn't.

      Brieuse - 2011-07-26 06:45

      I get a feeling they're renting only the best to show their prestige. Modern Meaning of "Prestige" Standing or estimation in the eyes of people : weight or credit in general opinion Commanding position in people's minds Original Meaning: Originally, prestige referred to pomposity, which was taken as a sign of poor taste. In this regard, the word had strictly negative connotations. Indeed, the root of the word "prestige" comes from the Latin præstigum, meaning a delusion or a trick. In some Romance languages "prestige" retains this original meaning.

      McDaNife - 2011-07-26 07:53

      These guys are hiring for the use by family members and I guess I am right.

      ian - 2011-07-26 08:29

      not our money bud when we have paid the taxes it then becomes their money to spend as they like Wine women and song is the new party logo ANC out WWS in

  • jock - 2011-07-25 23:32

    you are a skelm of note

  • Peter - 2011-07-25 23:40

    I can hire a car for few hundred Rand a day. What is wrong with Baloyi? Does he go to the Malema counter, or what?

  • R.Suppards - 2011-07-26 00:05

    Check out the cars these guys hire when they have to pay themselves. Avis, Hertz etc, make your records open for citizen scrutinisation.

  • Jeff - 2011-07-26 00:06

    If they thought logically, they could have bought a number of average cars and just distribute them around the country at different departments..

      navarac - 2011-07-26 07:39

      Bloody agent ... stop using common sense!

  • sipholess - 2011-07-26 01:33

    Hired merc---check Goverment credit card---check 5star hotel---check "PARTY TIME"

  • Liberty - 2011-07-26 01:40

    Waste, waste, waste so why should they give a damn, they didn't work for that money. And this PUBLIC SERVICE minister. It seems like Nepotist appointments made by showerhead makes people like Richard Baloyi think it's a liscence to go on one big fat party and spending spree. With the collapse of service delivery it's easy to see that Richard Baloyi doesn't think that his job involves any real work/ contribution to SA taxpayers.

  • kingkong - 2011-07-26 04:49

    tell me this each province that they visit the mayor has a bmw or merc is it against the protocol to share a vehicle or is there some sort of weird carma that will come over you or better yet will the ansestors not aprove . i think these drive trough politicians love to waste and defraud stealing from the very poor people that they suppose to represent dumb asses

  • LagUTroll - 2011-07-26 05:45

    Maths time! R360 000 and looking at Avis luxury car (A1), the rate is R900 per day. That means he'd have to drive that A1 for 400 days to justify that cost... Please explain how you've rented a LUXURY car for 400 days?

      Happygas - 2011-07-26 06:44

      SA rip off coulture or back handers???

      umlaut - 2011-07-26 07:17

      He is from another planet--the year there is 500 days long--This STEALING GOING ON ON SUCH A BROAD BASE IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION-we might just as well give up and let the country go the normal african route.

      MTRJ - 2011-07-26 07:52

      Please!!! Audi A1?? Are you mad? For those figures they are driving more in the lines of these cars!

  • whitey - 2011-07-26 06:33

    interesting to note how long it takes for an official to "purchase" an official car. Perhaps theirs are imported from Mars!

  • Happygas - 2011-07-26 06:42

    is there not a government car pool? always the bigest and the best.

  • Kevin - 2011-07-26 06:51

    I smell a rat with the car hire companies. Are they ripping the government and ultimately us off. Not that lets the RATSTA government officials off the hook.Car hire will fizzle out when the government makes the biggest car allowed for hire a 1600cc.These buffoons that think they are important will not want to be seen in a small car. Our CEO would never have a car hire bigger than a 1600 and he is more senior than a government hood. Remember the private sector have to generate the business. The government only has to spend it. This is what you call half a job.

  • thabatao - 2011-07-26 06:54

    Ferraris, Lambo's, Rolls Royces, Bugatti's. What do you expect. Do you want them to drive BM's or Merc's. Are you mad. There is no status in BM's and Mer's.

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-07-26 06:59

    This is what happens when you elect the WaBenzi.

  • Hux - 2011-07-26 07:02

    Steal, steal steal steal. The golden goose could pass away any minute. We must plan ahead and steal, steal , steal and steal.

  • 1gascan - 2011-07-26 07:04

    Maths: Baloyi spent R360 000 on 21 occasions - on average, that is +- R17142 PER OCCASION Dlodlo spent R205 000 on 18 occasions - on average, that is +- R11388 PER OCCASION Padayachie spent R1 204 000 on 48 occasions - on average that is +- R25083 PER OCCASION Please tell me what prompts government to pi$$ this hard earned tax money down the drain? You cannot tell me that an "occasion" lasts more than 1 working week - 5 days, which puts the members on the following daily expenses: Baloyi - R17142 / 5 = +- R3428 PER DAY - what is this guy driving????? Dlodlo - R11388 / 5 = +- R2277 PER DAY - what is she driving????? Padayachie - R25083 / 5 = +- R5016 PER DAY - This idiot knows how to waste... Face it, these guys (who I couldn't care to know about) should be putt-putting around in Citi Golfs or Yaris's, not ML55's. What a waste of money. All the more reason why I intend to boycott the toll gantries - because I will be funding these idiots' expenses.

      Smindlo - 2011-07-26 07:39

      phewww, I did the calculations and get the same numbers as well!!! I wonder what Zuma thinks of this! this is pure wastage of our hard earned tax monies. buidling leases, municipality tenders, new cars, budget speech parties, the list is endless...why not give us taxpayers a break instead of milking us dry!!!

      WhoCaresNotI - 2011-07-26 07:43

      Just went onto AVIS Car Rental. To rent an E-Class Merc for 5 days will cost me R5,276.00 all inclusive. Therefore around R 1,055.00 per day. So what are they getting for R5,016.00 per day?

      Krush - 2011-07-26 08:25

      Sounds more to me like they were chartered around in a plane; no car rental is that expensive.

  • umlaut - 2011-07-26 07:39

    Maybe he must hire a car and a driver and a fully equipped bar coming with it--plus a tv plus some other company to talk to whilst on the long road--plus some sushi dishes etc.

      Smindlo - 2011-07-26 07:46

      it still will not come to the said amounts!!! maybe the cars were hired from cadres companies at about 3 times the market value and the ministers got a slice as well...just a thought of what might have happened!!

  • Mike - 2011-07-26 08:02

    Just one more example of how there is no concept or understanding that they are there to provide a service to the people and not the other way around.

  • daaidoos - 2011-07-26 08:03

    banana republic run by African National Corruption

  • 79MCH - 2011-07-26 08:16

    Governemnt no longer hav efleet vehicles which they could make use of. Instead they ALL use rental vehicles at exorbiant monthly costs! There is a Annual tender for this purpose. This matter really needs investigating for fruitless expenditure which it is!

  • SirMark - 2011-07-26 08:16

    ANC ... corruption , fraud , theft and more CORRUPTION . viva ANC

  • wmutahi - 2011-07-26 12:56

    What does "tax payer's money" mean to these people?. That means all the taxes that almost 20 people like me paid all went to a rented car. I feel used!!

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