How Western Cape government plans to trim the fat off its budget

Provincial premiers are promising to trim the fat off their budgets and cut back on spending.

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha committed to cut the spend on his Cabinet swearing-in celebrations while Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul has ordered the state house be sold and the money used to educate the youth.

But what is the Western Cape government doing to save money?

Premier Alan Winde says the trimming started in 2011 but the handbook will be revisited to see if there's more to be trimmed.

Read: Alan Winde on how he plans to make Western Cape a better place

I have asked that we relook at it again just to see if there are other areas we can trim, but we have added now a lifestyle audit.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape Government

I have said now that we need to review and look at our departments ... how do we come down from 13 to at least 10 departments? We will be looking at it at the bosberaad.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape Government

According to Winde, there is going to be a lot of "sweating of assets".

While he is assessing the premier's Leeuwenhof property, there's been a lot of push back due to its heritage status, he explains, saying the property will be considered for events hire because government only uses it for two big events a year.

We will look at how do we use the asset far more often. The departments can use it for award ceremonies or schools for jazz concerts and bands. We can raise money on ticket sales to buy musical instruments for kids... so definitely how do we sweat the assets a lot more.

Alan Winde, Premier - Western Cape Government

Winde outlined plans to deal with gang-related shootings after a 12-year-old boy was killed in a hail of bullets in Parow on Friday night.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
'Auntie Pat, hand over Public Works land to City of Cape Town, we need it'

'Auntie Pat, hand over Public Works land to City of Cape Town, we need it'

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde reflects on how the newly appointed national Cabinet will impact on the province.

Premier Alan Winde explains changes to Western Cape Cabinet

Premier Alan Winde explains changes to Western Cape Cabinet

On Thursday the new premier announced MECs who will be running government departments for the next five years.

New Western Cape Cabinet a 'safe' option for the DA, says political analyst

New Western Cape Cabinet a 'safe' option for the DA, says political analyst

Premier Alan Winde has named his provincial team which includes old and new faces.

'We are going to work together' Dugmore echoes Winde's sentiments on cohesion

'We are going to work together' Dugmore echoes Winde's sentiments on cohesion

The Provincial Parliament of the WC held its first session on Wednesday, with the DA's Alan Winde sworn in as premier.

"I'm very different to Helen Zille," premier Alan Winde on his new appointment

"I'm very different to Helen Zille," premier Alan Winde on his new appointment

The new man in charge has urged all members of the provincial legislature to work together and says jobs are his top priority.

What you need to know about the re-introduced Presidential Advisory Unit

What you need to know about the re-introduced Presidential Advisory Unit

Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance's Prof Alan Hirsch outlines some of the responsibilities of the unit in the presidency.

 City of Cape Town responds to safety concerns after surfer brutally murdered

City of Cape Town responds to safety concerns after surfer brutally murdered

Alderman JP Smith says the City's Metro police do not have the same resources to deal with these crimes as Saps.

Premier-elect Winde says he will reduce red tape to help W Cape business grow

Premier-elect Winde says he will reduce red tape to help W Cape business grow

Alan Winde says he is already in discussions on who members of his Cabinet would be in the provincial legislature.

Alan Winde on how he plans to make Western Cape a better place

Alan Winde on how he plans to make Western Cape a better place

Although final results have not yet been announced, he feels his premiership in the province is a done deal.

Popular articles
Government 'tone deaf' to public views on controversial Airbnb bill

Government 'tone deaf' to public views on controversial Airbnb bill

The Rule of Law Project believes the Tourism Amendment Bill represents an unjustifiable intervention by government

Beware pneumonia-causing bacteria lurking in your geyser (and how to kill it)

Beware pneumonia-causing bacteria lurking in your geyser (and how to kill it)

Stellenbosch University's Dr Jo Barnes says Legionella can only survive the water temperature up to 50 degrees.

Escalation of Cape Town dog thefts confirms SPCA

Escalation of Cape Town dog thefts confirms SPCA

Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham says it is receiving more and more reports of dogs just disappearing from their homes.

[PICTURES] It's freezing cold in Cape Town! (In case you were wondering)

[PICTURES] It's freezing cold in Cape Town! (In case you were wondering)

CapeTalk listeners share frosty car photos and zero degree car temperatures.

Twitter had a 'whale' of a time with Trump's typo

Twitter had a 'whale' of a time with Trump's typo

President Donald Trump spelled the Prince of Wales's name wrong and though he deleted and retweeted it it, Twitter never forgets.

Mango responds to passenger irked after losing Rolex watch on flight

Mango responds to passenger irked after losing Rolex watch on flight

The airline says it takes limited responsibility for any valuables left in bags.

[WATCH] Local six-year-old dancing sensation's video goes viral

[WATCH] Local six-year-old dancing sensation's video goes viral

After Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith shared the video of Ivanah Campbell dancing it has been viewed over 10 million times.

Dis-Chem drives ad expert to 'Steve Hofmeyr-like assaults' on his decoder

Dis-Chem drives ad expert to 'Steve Hofmeyr-like assaults' on his decoder

"It’s been said you can’t bore people into buying your brand. Someone should’ve pointed this out to Dis-Chem," says Andy Rice.