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Home Affairs says budget cuts may mean fewer staff, but offices won't close

Sep 21 2019 08:39
Jan Cronje

The department of home affairs says that compulsory budget cuts will not mean it has to close any of its offices, but will have a "negative impact on the filling of some posts".    

Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, confirmed his department was facing compulsory budget cuts in reply to a Parliamentary question from the DA's Joseph McGluwa.

"Budget cuts will have a negative impact on the filling of some posts, but we are not envisioning closure of any Home Affairs office," he said.


Details of the cuts are contained in a document published by National Treasury in June. The paper provides national departments and public entities with guidelines of how to prepare their budget submissions. 

It refers to a compulsory budget baseline reduction scenario of:

  • 5 percent in 2020/21;
  • 6 percent in 2021/22; and 
  • 7 percent in 2022/23.

Departments must show how they can make cuts with the least impact for service delivery, and must suggest "non-priority programmes and projects to be scaled down or closed.

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