Supplementary Budget 2020

Culture shock for Mboweni on his return to government

New Finance Minister Tito Mboweni addresses staff (National Treasury)
New Finance Minister Tito Mboweni addresses staff (National Treasury)

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has tweeted about his surprise when he learned that government is still heavily paper-based.

Mboweni, who was appointed finance minister on October 9, has been consistent in updating his twitter feed since returning to government. 

Over the past weekend he put out a call to South Africans to share tips on what they would like to hear in the mini budget, which he will deliver on Wednesday. On Sunday evening he tweeted again, this time about his return to government which does not seem to have made the shift to digital.

"I find the transition from central banking and the private sector to Government very funny. I had forgotten how Government operates! They still print documents and have no electronic board docs," he tweeted.

South Africans responded- sharing their own experiences when it comes to handling government administration.

A user, @RealMojapeloM tweeted: "They are in 2005. They are not innovative."

Another user, @Vusani_  proposed a ministry of youth, to keep government updated with current trends. "There needs to be a Ministry of Youth that works on youth matters as well as on keeping the government updated on current trends," the tweet read.

@LeboMokwena tweeted a transition to digital would interfere with tenders for paper and photocopy machines: "Hayi now you want to meddle with paper supply and photocopy tenders? Nah!."

While user @DavidSet encouraged the minister use the opportunity he has to update things at National Treasury. "This is an opportunity to upgrade National Treasury baba..." the tweet read.

National Treasury was also active on its twitter account on Sunday - tweeting pictures of SARS officials and the team at Treasury preparing for the mini budget.


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