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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that according to the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), a crucial test for the administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa will be how it deals with the ballooning public sector wage bill that threatens to eat into the ability of departments to deliver services.  

Releasing a report on SA’s bloated and costly public service, the IRR’s Gareth van Onselen said the public sector wage bill needed to be brought under control.  "Unless someone is willing to take a hard line, and soon, it [the wage bill] is set to become the defining obstacle to economic growth," Van Onselen warned.  Wage negotiations between the government and public sector trade unions are under way in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council.  Their outcome, Van Onselen said, "will go some way towards revealing just how much influence the president wielded".  But the Public Servants Association’s (PSA’s) Tahir Maepa disagreed that the public service was bloated, pointing out that large numbers of government employees were needed to deliver services.  He also noted that there were more than 160,000 vacant positions in the public service.  Fedusa general secretary Dennis George also highlighted the shortage of employees, but he conceded the public service might be bloated at higher levels of management.

  • Read this report by Linda Ensor in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too Business Day’s editorial entitled ‘Public-sector wages poser’ at BusinessLive
  • And also, SA’s public service is ‘bloated and costly’, at The New Age

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