Carol Paton Writer at Large

Finance minister Tito Mboweni has put an end to business class flights, expensive cars, free booze and year-end parties for mayors and all municipal officials and politicians.

In regulations gazetted last week, Mboweni sets out new "cost containment" measures that will apply to all municipal officials and political office-bearers and all municipal entities. The measures are extensive and cover every area of "nonservice delivery" expenditure, from the hiring of consultants to expenditure on cars and travel.

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