• R5 million for new carpets for the Union buildings.

  • R1 million for alterations to a kitchen and bathroom in a ministerial home.

  • R29 million on gates and a dog house.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration will spend nearly R750m to spruce up houses occupied by ministers, and other government-owned buildings – all funded by the public purse.

Public works minister Thulas Nxesi this week announced details of the plan which would include R5m on carpeting in the Union Buildings, R29m on gates and a dog house, and a jaw-dropping R1m on alterations to a kitchen and bathroom in a ministerial home in an exclusive estate in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

The Sunday Times reported that the government is planning to spend R750 million to “spruce up” ministerial houses and other government buildings.

According to the report, Public works minister Thulas Nexi revealed the plan, which includes:

  • R5 million for new carpets for the Union buildings.
  • R1 million for alterations to a kitchen and bathroom in a ministerial home.
  • R29 million on gates and a dog house.

Public works was asked for comment regarding the ‘spending spree’, but its spokesperson did not reply by the time of publication.

This announcement follows news that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) will have a revenue collection shortfall of approximately R14.6 billion for the 2018/19 financial year.

This makes it the fifth consecutive year that the organisation has missed its collection targets.

In these tough economic times, and with the country’s growing unemployment epidemic, one would expect the state to tighten its belt on non-core expenses.

This is, however, not the case as is shown by the government’s continued splurging on luxury vehicles for ministers.

The government spent R42 million on luxury vehicles for ministers and their deputies between 2014 and 2017.

The government plans to revise the current ministerial handbook to curb wasteful expenditure.

Public service and administration minister Ayanda Dlodlo said the revised rules will bar ministers from flying first class and taking their spouses on unlimited international trips.

She added that cabinet ministers and their deputies will no longer be allowed to splurge on luxury cars such as Porsches and Mercedes-Benz S-class’.

The planned rules will put National Treasury in charge of buying vehicles for all ministers, their deputies, MECs, and provincial premiers.

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R5 million for new carpets for the Union buildings. R1 million for alterations to a kitchen and bathroom in a ministerial home. R29 million on gates and a dog house. President Cyril Ramaphosa's administration will spend nearly R750m to spruce up houses occupied by ministers, and other government-owned buildings...