18 July 2014

South Africa: Budget Vote Debates, Day Three - the Bits You Need to Know


This is the week where government ministers have been telling us all their plans for their money, but because they've all been doing it within the course of a few days, it's very hard to keep up. Thursday was the last manic day for the week of budget vote debates and press briefings. REBECCA DAVIS takes you through the most interesting bits.

Fancy cars for municipal managers are a thing of the past. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan warned municipalities that belt-tightening days are ahead, including buying only affordable cars. Gordhan wants to see a "back to basics" approach when it comes to service delivery in local government, including "making sure that robots work, making sure that potholes are filled, water is delivered, refuse is collected, electricity is supplied, refuse and waste management takes place in the right kind of way". Sounds dreamy.

There was a lot more Co-operative Governance than Traditional Affairs in Gordhan's pre-budget briefing. Unsurprising, coming from a man feted for his managerial skills more than his familiarity with traditional affairs. Virtually his only mention of the latter part of his portfolio came when he lamented the "regrettable loss of lives during initiation season"....

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