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11 April 2013 | Anna Reynolds
The City of Cape Town in South Africa has announced it will reduce its general expenses by R103 million (£7.5 million), cutting spending on travel, office furnishings, consultants, catering and by refusing an official residence for the mayor.
In its 2013/14 draft budget, the city authority said it had identified further savings by reducing the number of job vacancies on its staff budget by R46 million (£3 million).
Ian Neilson, acting mayor, said in a statement: “While many other government departments around the country – on both a national and local scale – reportedly spend significant amounts from the national purse on unnecessary items, the City of Cape Town will continue looking at ways to minimise spending.
“In these challenging economic times we, who have been mandated to spend public money, must do everything to be as prudent as we possibly can.”
Benefits enjoyed by councillors will also be cut, including an official residence for the mayor and a vehicle provided for the deputy mayor and speaker by the authority.
Neilson added: “The City of Cape Town is committed to spending our financial resources to deliver to the residents of Cape Town. We will continue to focus on making good on our electoral promises and not on taking advantage of all provisions set aside for those who serve the public. We must, at all times, remember that the money received from the people of our city must go towards improving the lives of communities across our city.”