Cabinet ministers will pay just R1,200 a month to live in lavishly renovated multimillion-rand apartments in Cape Town. A block of 29 flats was handed over by builders this month after a R100m-plus two-year renovation in the suburb of Rosebank. It will house ministers, their deputies and senior officials, with directors-general set to pay just R75 a month in rent. Department of public work spokesperson Thami Mchunu said the flats, most of which have two bedrooms, were “primary residences for the directors-general. If ministers or deputy ministers are accommodated here, they are also entitled to another residence in Pretoria”. Ministers, who earn R200,000 a month, would pay R1,200.82 to rent one of the flats, while deputies earning R165,000 would be charged R988.90 and directors-general R75. Property analyst Erwin Rode said the department had overcapitalised. “That’s a lot of money, unless you want to install gold-plated toilet seats and gold taps,” he said. Cape Town mayor Patricia ...

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