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gautengSowetan reports that more than 500 employees in the Gauteng department of roads and transport are on the verge of losing their jobs due to a new proposed organisational structure.  

This is contained in an internal memo signed in August to freeze 513 vacant posts against the current “approved” structure and some which have been filled.  The 75-page document states that MEC Ismael Vadi and head of department Ronald Swartz, working with a team comprising the sub-directorate in organisational development of the department and the provincial treasury, should “assess the current vacancies against the newly proposed structure”.  The report was supported and signed by Vadi, Swartz and the department’s chief financial officer, Sanele Zondo.  The retrenchments, which have not come into effect, will reduce the current vacancy rate from 29% to 15%, costing the department about R172m.  But with the proposed structure, 120 posts will be advertised, which will cost the department over R80m.  Department spokeswoman Melitah Madiba insisted there would be no job losses for staff currently employed in the department as a result of the new structure.  She confirmed 507 vacant and unfunded posts had been abolished.

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