Presidency’s R500m budget is spent on…

The salaries of the president and deputy president‚ totalling around R6-million‚ are not included in this amount and are budgeted separately as a direct charge to the national revenue fund.

The largest expenditure for the department is R329-million on salaries for its 663 staffers.

Goods and services — which includes audit costs‚ communication‚ computer services and consultants‚ and business advisory services — total R162.8-million of the budget‚ while R53.3-million was budgeted for travel and subsistence in the department.

The budget is split between two programmes: administration and executive support‚ with administration receiving the lion’s share of R453-million.

The administration programme provides “leadership‚ management‚ and support services to the Presidency“.

The R453-million this programme received was budgeted as follows:

– Management- R335.2-million

– Support services to the president- R66 million

– Support services to deputy president R52.1-million.

The support services budget for President Jacob Zuma and for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa includes costs associated with state visits‚ meeting obligations to the United Nations‚ South Africa’s conflict resolution efforts in Lesotho‚ South Sudan and Sri Lanka‚ as well as Ramaphosa’s role as patron of the Moral Regeneration Movement.

These budgets used to include specific line items for household expenditure and the spousal support unit‚ but these specifics have not been included in budget documents since around 2009.

The executive support programme‚ which provides “strategic support to enable the cabinet to foster accountability and policy coherence“‚ received a budget of R46.3-million.

Of this‚ R19.4-million was budgeted for computer services‚ R1.4-million for catering for departmental activites‚ and R3.6-million for travel and subsistence.


Source: sowetanlive


Author: MC World

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