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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Sunday welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s promise of a more efficient government, but said any cuts should be made to the bloated Cabinet and senior administrative jobs rather than frontline positions.  

It also called for an end to the culture of cadre deployment, in which plum jobs were landed by political loyalists, saying it wanted to see senior government positions going to people who had proved themselves lower down the ranks.  Cosatu’s comments were days before the budget presentation on Wednesday.  During his state-of-the-nation address (Sona) on Friday, Ramaphosa signalled a leaner government was on the cards.  Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla commented:  "It’s not frontline staff who are the problem.  It is higher-paid civil servants.  They should be tightening their belts.  We need more police on the streets, rather than generals sitting in offices."  The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) agreed with their federation.  Nehawu said understaffing posed a danger to service delivery and workers from collapsed departments should be integrated into existing departments.  Sadtu sounded a note of caution over the job security of rank-and-file public servants, saying austerity measures were already making it hard for frontline staff to do their jobs properly.

Read this report by Tamar Kahn in full at BusinessLive

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