Alcohol has always been used by South African government officials to take away the stress of state functions and lengthy meetings. They were permanent fixtures of any programme. All those line items written cocktails, or drinks, etc all signified that the government was paying for officials to enjoy themselves after official government business. This is all about to end.
According to the South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his mini budget speech, presented in parliament on Wednesday, the cabinet has taken the lead in showing commitment to eliminating wasteful government expenditure by issuing cost containment instructions to executives of all three government levels.
This will apply to a number of items deemed wasteful including alcohol at state functions, official vehicles (maybe time to buy Toyota Corollas for the ministers), renting of cars, travel and accommodation of political officer bearers, civil servants, consultancy, catering entertainment and conference budgets.
The minister says that if these instructions are followed, the state will save up to a few billions in Rands. He denied that the announcement of the savings plan had anything to do with next year’s upcoming elections.
Source: SABC News