North West officials cut back on bling

2011-11-24 22:23

Johannesburg - The North West government will not buy new official vehicles for members of its executive council for the next six months, the office of the premier said on Thursday.

Acting spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele said Premier Thandi Modise announced the measures at the end of her provincial executive council meeting on Wednesday.

He said that as part of the belt-tightening measures, there would also be no overseas travel for MECs unless circumstances were exceptional.

MECs would have one official cellphone and no printing of T-shirts and glossy budget speeches would be allowed.

Modise said year end parties for public servants would not be held at the cost of taxpayers.

  • Fred - 2011-11-25 04:27

    What a noble sacrifice. They are going to have to wait a full six months (SIX MONTHS) for their new R1 million+ BMWs. They are also going to put off their next overseas junket (first class all the way, for a FULL SIX MONTHS. Wow! I am speechless and full of gratitude.

      Fred - 2011-11-25 08:33

      Oooh! I see that at least one of the MEC's has read my comment.

      StarStruck - 2011-11-25 11:37

      Reading is not an attribute necessary for becomming MEC of the ANC

  • primetimeacc - 2011-11-25 05:42

    And how long does a car last, if the moratorium is only for 6 months?

  • Ruan Pretorius - 2011-11-25 06:21

    How many times a year do they buy new official vehicles?

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-25 06:31

    only six months who are you trying to impress why not six years most folks are driving cars that are ten to twenty yrs old

  • Lynn - 2011-11-25 07:12

    Wow six months. Its hysterical. Is this supposed to be saving. My car is 17 years old. Are we supposed to praise them for this!!!!!!

  • Mary - 2011-11-25 07:24

    Why all the negative comments? Thank you, Ms Modise, well done!

      StarStruck - 2011-11-25 11:49

      I tell you why. They don't need to drive super expensive cars. They can settle for what average companies settle for i.e Toyota's or Kia's. The ANC has phemominal spending habbits and they cannot be sustained.

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2011-11-25 07:27

    For 6 Months? That must be Hell.

  • Masiagwala Alilali Allie - 2011-11-25 07:48

    its a start n atleast they'r tryn

  • swavka - 2011-11-25 08:07

    This is so big of them - when your taxpayer has to fit the bill for every extravagance that you can think of, and said taxpayer has to cut back on their own lives, whether food, holidays, cars whatever. Not to mention all the billions that you have "given" to your communist friends & all that you have stolen. How about making a big gesture and take a 50% cut in salaries and pay tax for a change. When will the government actually realize that they are supposed to be working for the people not themselves.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-25 08:10

    It IS something positive and would be fantastic if it was continued longer than 6 months. Maybe the wording of the report isn't very clear about the term. I think the generally acceptable period would be at least 2 or 3 years to keep a car of that quality. Now what about the other expenses? Any chance that the funds can rather be used to maintain roads, build low-cost housing and get water to those who don't have??

  • Peter - 2011-11-25 08:43

    OK..... So what happens to the old vehicles when the new one has expired after 6 month ( they can change them after every 6 months can they not ). Do they sell them and keep the proceeds, or give it to thier wives and kids.?? I want to work in an impoverished province and get a new R 1 mill car every six months... where do I apply?

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