The Treasury occupies 2 top positions that have remained vacant for years

Minister to the Presidency Mondli Gungubele.

Two top positions in the national treasury, which have been vacant for several years, are to be filled, the cabinet announced Thursday.

Presidential Minister Mondli Gungubele said the cabinet approved the appointment of Shabeer Hamid Khan as general accountant and Mendoe Ntswahlana as procurement chief. Khan was previously the chief financial officer of the department of trade, industry and competition, and Ntswahlana was a deputy general manager of the Eastern Cape provincial treasury.

Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane’s contract expires next week after a 23-year career in government. Gungubele said Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana was looking for a replacement.

The Treasury, which has undergone a large staff exodus over the past 10 years, is slowly being rebuilt as Godongwana moves to fill vacancies, starting with the most senior level.

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Gungubele also said that discussions between government, business and labor on a new social pact were “intense” and that there was a desire between the parties to find each other.

In his state of the nation address in February, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he wanted to secure the pact within 100 days. So far 75 days have passed and Gungubele said Ramaphosa was indicating the urgency with which he wanted the task done.

“We haven’t set new timelines. The concern is that we have to finish this thing,” he said.

The government has no new announcements to make about measures to mitigate the fuel price hike next month, it said, which should be another R3 / liter once the entire fuel tax returns to the price.

For the past two months, the government has granted consumers a 1.50 rupee / liter fuel tax deductible, but this was only a measure for a limited time.

Gungubele says work is being done to find long-term relief for consumers.