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On a mission: government to cut the cost of diplomats


On a mission: government to cut the cost of diplomats

SA’s allowances for its diplomatic staff are far higher than for their counterparts in the US and the UN

Bekezela Phakathi

The government is forging ahead with plans to trim the size of its diplomatic missions as it battles to cut costs and return SA to financial health.

Without providing timelines, international relations minister Naledi Pandor said in parliament last week her department was undertaking a process of rationalisation of its foreign missions.  

“Staff reductions have been introduced as part of this process, the department has established a task team on the ‘Repositioning of SA’s Global Presence’. The task team has produced a draft report with a set of recommendations. The draft is being considered,” Pandor said...

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