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More than R30m budgeted for Minister Mthembu, Creecy's private offices

Aug 06 2019 11:42
Lameez Omarjee, Fin24

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu's private office has a budget of R30.5m for the 2019/20 financial year alone.

In a written reply to a question from DA MP Luyolo Mpithi, Mthembu provided details on the salary level and qualifications and responsibilities of each of the employees in his private office. Mthembu has held office since May 30.

Of the R30.5m budgeted for his office, remuneration packages of his staff amount to R12.1m.

Mthembu's chief of staff's highest qualifications is a BSc honours degree in international relations and is tasked with managing Mthembu's office. The minister's special adviser's highest qualification is a postgraduate diploma in telecommunication and information policy and advises the minister on the execution of his mandate.

Mthembu also has a private secretary, a media liaison officer, a community outreach officer, a parliamentary officer, assistant appointment secretary, a cabinet and administrative secretary and a registry clerk.

Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy similarly responded to questions from DA MP Eleanore Spies about the budget for her private office.

The total budgeted amount for her private office is R38.2m, of this R32m is allocated to ministerial support and R6.2m to the minister.

However, Creecy's staff's remuneration comes to R5.5m of the budgeted amount. Her private office employs a chief of staff, a private secretary, a stakeholder relations officer, assistant appointments secretary, a receptionist, a cabinet and parliamentary officer, a media content manager, a driver or messenger, and a registry clerk.

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