Millions on ministerial housing upgrades 'seems a bit spendthrifty' says Refilwe

CapeTalk listeners weighed in on the news over the weekend that the Department of Public Works has set aside R730 million to upgrade ministerial houses and other government-owned buildings.

The Sunday Times has reported that Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi will be spending R1 million on a bathroom and kitchen upgrade at one ministerial house, while R29 million was set aside for a guardhouse, and another R29 million for gates and a doghouse.

Of course, this did not sit well with listeners who say that it is their hard earned money that is used for these unnecessary upgrades. Others are saying that the upgrades could be done for way less.

Read: Public works plans to spend R750m to upgrade ministers' homes

In a time where we are short on our tax revenue collection, we are bailing out Eskom and are faced with a potential for load shedding again, it would seem to me that we are a little bit spendthrifty.

Refilwe Moloto, Host - CapeTalk

These amounts they are spending is less offensive than the fact that we know those government buildings will be upgraded properly as opposed to everything else, everywhere else.

Caller

It is disgraceful to spend that obscene amount of money. The ANC says that they care for the people, what a sad joke.

Caller

R5.6 million for carpets at Union Building, what does it work out per square metre because it sounds like there is a bit of money laundering again.

Jan, Caller

These amounts you've mentioned... It's fine if you need a new guard house but does it have to cost over R29 million. Houses can be built for R4 million, this rings all bells and whistles. Why is it costing this much?

Caller

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