A total amount of R20.7m has been budgeted for the private office of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for the 2019/20 financial year. The majority of the budget is allocated towards remuneration of his staff.
In a written reply to a question from member of Parliament Adrian Roos, about the costs of his private office, Gordhan shared details of the qualifications of the 12 people working directly for him and their job titles.
Of the R20.7m budgeted for Gordhan's office, R16.5m is allocated towards salaries.
A private secretary and an assistant private secretary, a media liaison officer, administrative secretary, receptionist, two drivers or messengers and a food service aid are among those employed in Gordhan's office. The minister did not indicate how much each employee earned.
In a separate reply to DA MP Baxolile Nodada, another minister within the economic portfolio, Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu shared details on the budget of her private office and that of the deputy minister, which collectively totals R15.8m.
The minister has 10 employees in her office, while Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale has five employees.
Fin24 previously reported that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula's private office has a budget of R22.7m. The minister's 13 staff members were budgeted to receive a total remuneration of R9.3m. Similarly, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's budget totals R22.8m. Motsoaledi's staff have a budgeted remuneration of R13.25m.
So far it appears Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu's and Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy's private offices have the biggest budgets budgets. Each of their budgets total more than R30m.