The South African Local Government Association (Salga), which represents the country’s municipalities, is objecting to some of the municipal cost-cutting measures introduced by Minister of Finance Tito Mbowewni.
The measures include limiting the use of consultants, doing away with official credit cards, limiting the amount of money spent on cars for mayors to no more than R700,000, allowing for catering under strict conditions, restricting business-class travel to trips exceeding five hours and tightening accommodation expenses.
Salga chairperson Thembi Nkadimeng says the association supports cost-cutting measures, but they were not consulted.
The structuring of municipalities is the one that makes it difficult for the attraction of skills and retracting of skills, particularly in rural municipalities. That is why there is an escalation in the use of consultants.— Thembi Nkadimeng, Chairperson - SALGA
You are not solving the problem by saying do not use consultants.— Thembi Nkadimeng, Chairperson - SALGA
Nkadimeng says they are not contesting the other recommendations, only the use of consultants.
Our question is: 'When are consultants applicable?'— Thembi Nkadimeng, Chairperson - SALGA
For us to account properly for the money we use to build the roads and all these services, we are utilising consultants.— Thembi Nkadimeng, Chairperson - SALGA
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