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GP to implement cost containment to cut costs of govt’s non-core services

From 1 July, there'll be tighter management of government vehicles, new limitations on cell phone usage.

Gauteng MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Treasury says it will implement cost containment instruction, to cut the costs of government's non-core services

Finance MEC Barbara Creecy tabled Treasury's budget for the 2016/2017 financial year at the provincial legislature today while members of the opposition weighed in on her plans during the budget vote.

She said from 1 July, there will be tighter management of government vehicles, new limitations on cell phone usage, and a freeze on the creation of additional posts.

"The spending on personnel in this province has been well managed over a number of years, and we are only now spending 56 percent of our budget on personnel. It is below our own target of 60 percent - that is way below spending in other provinces."

She responded to the Democratic Alliance when the party said Treasury should cut more costs as opposed to implementing cost containment.

"Ideologically, you would put yourself in the camp of austerity measures; clearly that's because, as a party you would favour the interests of business over the interests of ordinary people; we understand those ideological interests."