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'If we can reduce spending by all these 35 ministries, we can save R1 billion'

28 February 2019 8:22 AM
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Head of the Fiscal Cliff Study Group Professor Jannie Rossouw says a lot of money is wasted in government ministries.

According to the Fiscal Cliff Study Group, it costs the taxpayer, R 137.07 million to pay for the running of the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans. He says R1 billion of taxpayers' money could be saved if various government departments were streamlined.

The group shared this report in Parliament on Wednesday.

Read: #Budget2019 "Do we really need SOEs?"

Head of the Fiscal Cliff Study Group, Professor Jannie Rossouw says it studied 35 ministries and the budgeted cost of running these ministries.

We have seen the highest one is the ministry of defence and military veterans with R 137.07 million, and the cheapest one is the ministry of finance at R4.4 million per annum. And we simply do not understand this large disparity between these ministries.

Professor Jannie Rossouw, Head - Fiscal Cliff Study Group

He adds that these ministries spent the money on security, advisors, office supplies, among other things.

We need to interrogate this, as the figures that we are seeing make no sense. If we can reduce spending by all these 35 ministries, we can save R1 billion.

Professor Jannie Rossouw, Head - Fiscal Cliff Study Group

He adds that there needs to be an investigation into this over spending.

Listen below to the full interview:




28 February 2019 8:22 AM
Tags:
Government spending
taxpayers
ministires

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