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southafricalogoSunday Independent reports that the government is tightening the screws on the hiring of new employees in its bid to cut costs as part of responding to the current challenging fiscal environment.

Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Minister, Noxolo Kiviet has informed her colleagues that motivation for creating or filling certain vacant posts by national government departments must be submitted to her for her concurrence, or the relevant premier in the case of a provincial department or provincial government component. “Chief financial officers are expected to advise their departments on the financial implications of creating or filling certain critical posts and confirm the availability of funding for the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period,” a new directive issued by DPSA director-general Yoliswa Makhasi last month indicated. Makhasi’s department has undertaken to assist others in assessing motivation for creating or filling certain critical posts in line with the criteria in the directive as well as verifying the availability of funding over the MTEF period with the national or provincial Treasury’s budget analysts. According to Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana, the cost of the wage agreement for the 2023/24 financial year will require significant trade-offs in government spending over the short and medium term as the wage bill was a significant cost driver.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Loyiso Sidimba at Sunday Independent

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