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cosatuBusiness Report writes that newly elected Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi has called on the government to conduct a thorough skills audit in the civil service to determine how much corruption and bloated management has cost the economy.  

Speaking ahead of the Jobs Summit this week, Losi said the government should not start its mooted retrenchments at the lower levels of the public service.  In her view, it should look at how much the exit packages and golden handshakes that the government had paid to executives in state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which were supposed to drive economic growth and employment, had crippled the civil service.  Losi claimed that SOEs, such as the SABC, Eskom, Denel and SAA, had crumbled because of poor management and corruption.  “Who suffers at the end of the day when you are talking about retrenchments?  It’s ordinary workers while the ones dispensing patronage receive golden handshakes.”  The two-day Nedlac Jobs Summit is expected to take place from Thursday.  Last week, Statistics SA reported that unemployment in the country increased to 27.2% in the second quarter, with manufacturing shedding 13,000 jobs during the period.  Losi said the government and President Cyril Ramaphosa in particular should not expect to be treated with kid-gloves on retrenchments.  Attempts to cut jobs in the civil service would be met with fierce resistance by the federation.  Cosatu has identified beneficiation and value addition among initiatives that could create jobs and will table these and other initiatives at the summit.

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