Merging govt departments means a complex transfer of functions, says Maseko

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday assured investors that the Cabinet in the sixth administration will be restructured to create more jobs and benefit the economy.

Read: 'The Cabinet needs to have competent people who are skilled and beyond reproach'

Ramaphosa is under pressure to reduce his Cabinet and drop ministers implicated in wrongdoing.

To discuss the incoming Cabinet, 702 Breakfast Bongani Bingwa chats to former public servant and government spokesperson Themba Maseko.

There is a body of opinion out there that says our Cabinet is a bit too large. There are also many ministers and too many departments. Most importantly, lots of deputy ministers whose roles are not clearly defined.

Themba Maseko, Former public servant and government spokesperson

There needs to be a signal coming from the president's office that we are serious about prosperity measures and the starting point is to make sure that we have a reduced Cabinet which would result in a merging of several departments.

Themba Maseko, Former public servant and government spokesperson

He says when Ramaphosa shrinks the Cabinet, the issue might impact staff members employed in those ministries.

Those staff members term of employment is linked to the minister themselves. So when a minister leaves office, a lot of those people lose their jobs effectively, and that applies to staff of deputy ministers.

Themba Maseko, Former public servant and government spokesperson

Maseko adds that the most important concern for the country will be an 18-month loss of government processes because merging departments is a complex one.

Merging departments requires moving of people, it involves a review of legislation and people moving from one building to another. We are keen to see how the president will present it to the nation. If you are merging departments, functions are going to have to be transferred.

Themba Maseko, Former public servant and government spokesperson

He says he doesn't envy Ramaphosa as he is going to have to bring in new blood and retain some experience in his new Cabinet.

Listen below to the full interview:


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