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SaftuThe Citizen reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), which is country’s second biggest union federation, has demanded more civil servants. 

The federation was reacting to a report that hospitals in Gauteng had been directed to fill only 50% of vacant funded posts occupied by retired, resigned and deceased nursing staff.  Yet, Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa last week announced that her department was facing a “critical shortage of skilled nursing personnel”.  On the same day, the Gauteng department of roads and transport confirmed that 507 vacant and unfunded posts had been abolished as they were in excess of requirements, and said the posts had not been filled in the last five years.  The federation said the two accounts exploded the argument that the public service was “bloated”.  It also summed up everything that was wrong with SA society, namely at a time when 8.7m people were unemployed, and the unemployment rate among young people was a staggering 63.8% (expanded figure), there was nonetheless a “critical shortage” of workers in a vital public service.  Saftu added that it was not just in health that there was a desperate need of more, not fewer public servants.  “All other public services face similar problems and are the reason why so many communities have been protesting, often violently, at the abysmal level of service provision,” it said

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