Should Cab­i­net be cut?

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Er­rol East­ern Cape The deputy min­is­ters are re­ally a waste of tax­pay­ers’ money. They must go. John Se­bak­eng Gaut­eng They should be cut – we have two ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters. I think nine direc­tors-gen­eral in the prov­inces will be ad­e­quate to help them run ed­u­ca­tion smoothly. The de­part­ment that needs im­me­di­ate cut­ting is the bloated pres­i­dency. Mmapi Seo­posen­gwe North West South Africa needs en­light­ened fu­ture lead­ers and this can be achieved if we ap­ply aus­ter­ity mea­sures. Cut­ting cer­tain Cab­i­net posts and merg­ing some prov­inces will save funds that could be used to fund stu­dents’ first de­grees or diplo­mas.

The merg­ers could take this for­ma­tion: Gaut­eng and North West; Free State and North­ern Cape; Kwazulu-Na­tal; East­ern Cape; West­ern Cape; and Lim­popo and Mpumalanga (six prov­inces). As for min­is­te­rial posts, some de­part­ments could be merged. Deputies could be re­placed by highly qual­i­fied CEOs at na­tional and pro­vin­cial level. No need for MECs. The change should trickle down to lo­cal govern­ment. In that way we as a na­tion will be able to fund stu­dents fees. M Ny­athela East­ern Cape Deputy min­is­ters have a cru­cial role to play and should re­main, but pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments should be dis­carded. Bon­gani Free State Deputy min­is­ters serve no pur­pose. It sim­ply shows that qual­ity is bet­ter than quan­tity. Mahudu Nk­wana Gaut­eng I think cut­ting Cab­i­net will work just fine. Robyn An­dreka Gaut­eng Deputy min­is­ters and MECs must go. I firmly be­lieve that high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion should start in Grade R. Teach­ers should be highly qual­i­fied and schools should all be sta­ble struc­tures with proper, sep­a­rate ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties for boys and girls. All school books and other needs must be de­liv­ered to the schools be­fore schools open at the start of each year. With­out the ba­sics, we are rais­ing mil­lions of chil­dren who will be­come a bur­den on the state. Joe Gumbi KwaZulu-Na­tal Tough times re­quire rad­i­cal de­ci­sions: deputy min­istries should go, as well as prov­inces. If I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, the prov­inces were a com­pro­mise at the ne­go­ti­a­tions when that tribal apartheid ma­chine ran amok in KwaZulu-Na­tal and mur­dered scores of in­no­cent African peo­ple. In­grid Bolt KwaZulu-Na­tal I think the deputy min­is­ters can be dis­carded. Then the min­is­ters them­selves can get on and do the job they were em­ployed to do. They are more than ad­e­quately re­mu­ner­ated. Nom­pumelelo Free State I per­son­ally think that deputy min­is­ters and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments are just one way of wast­ing money. The same with too many prov­inces. Nomvuyo Day­ile East­ern Cape Cut ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing Par­lia­ment and mu­nic­i­pal­ity em­ploy­ees. Cut staff num­bers – too many with too lit­tle to do. Cut tele­phone costs and fam­ily ben­e­fits, and also travel ex­penses.

Thanks for not en­ter­tain­ing buy­ing a new pres­i­den­tial jet. Ja­cob Zuma is scared to travel with other peo­ple, but not scared to do door-to-door cam­paign­ing by foot when promoting his own party.

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