statssaBDLive reports that municipalities recorded a staggering 41,303 vacancies in 2015, with six of the country’s metros being the worst affected.  This is according to Statistics SA (Stats SA) data from its nonfinancial municipal census, released last week.  

While the 2015 figures for vacant posts is a decrease from 44,869 vacant posts in 2014, the vacancies at some municipalities amount to thousands.  Among its findings, Stats SA says the number of vacancies in the Mangaung metro soared from 1,995 in 2014 to 3,905 in 2015.  Another metro, the City of Cape Town, had 2,757 vacant posts last year.  But, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) was not surprised.  Spokesman Papikie Mohale said the youth were most affected and that municipalities “should be ashamed and embarrassed that in the midst of the country’s unemployment, municipal vacancy rates are at such levels.”

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