Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip has banned city and public officials from flying Business or First Class during domestic work trips.
“Under previous administrations, an excessive amount of money was spent on luxurious travel instead of on service delivery. Those days are over,” Trollip said in a statement on Sunday.
Trollip said that officials travelling for the purposes of city business would now only use economy class.
“Furthermore, travel arrangements will be co-ordinated well in advance so as to secure the lowest possible fares. This will be negotiated with our current service providers.
Trollip said his administration had made a promise to save R100m in its first 100 days in office, to be redirected towards improving service delivery and creating jobs.
The latest move was to help achieve this, he added.
President Jacob Zuma, meanwhile, flew SAA in his latest visit to the US on Saturday.
Zuma said that it had been a pleasant experience and encouraged South Africans to use the service.
Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem on Sunday said he hoped the president would continue to use the state carrier to cut bloated executive costs.