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DlodloBusinessLive reports that Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says no cabinet minister should have more than two advisers.  

Taking a hard line against bloated staff complements in the government, she has issued directives to ministers, heads of departments and directors-general, asking to be furnished with their staffing structures.  This was intended to ensure departmental organograms were in line with mandates.  The total number of advisers for the president, deputy president, ministers and premiers was now 70, according to the DPSA, with an average of two for each executive authority.  Dlodlo explained last week that deputy directors-general were, in fact, meant to act as advisers to ministers and no minster should have more than two advisers “because you should rely on what the department has, and even at a lower level in the department there are subject matter experts…”  Dlodlo said everyone, including ministers, had to reflect on how to save funds wherever possible.  Her predecessor, Faith Muthambi, had a total of 26 staff members in her office, attracting criticism from all quarters, with opposition politicians decrying the cost to the strained fiscus.  Dlodlo has nine people in her office.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, How Ayanda Dlodlo plans to rein in the government wage bill, at BusinessLive

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