Locals being denied jobs

2015-06-17 06:00

ROY JANKIELSOHN, DA leader in the Free State Legislature:

THE Free State premier, Elias “Ace” Magasule, and his ANC-led government are denying qualified South Africans the opportunity to serve the province and the country.

The DA remains cognisant of the fact that South Africa has a huge skills deficit and we desperately need to import those requisite skills.

However, the cost of this Cuban endeavour seems to be costing the cash-strapped Free State, that is already defaulting on basic services, more than it can afford.

The Cuban cohort of medical professionals and engineers employed by Premier Magashule in the Free State for three-years is set to cost the province more than R185 million.

The premier revealed that the province is set to employ 21 medical professionals and 45 engineers.

Over the three contract periods the Cuban cohort will cost the taxpayer R138 million in salaries, R11 million in travel expenses and R36 million in accommodation expenses.

Even Premier Magashule does not know how much the actual final costs for the Cuban cohort will be.

We have previously stated that Premier Magashule and the ANC are acting as labour brokers for Cuba.

Doctors in Cuba earn a salary of about $70 per month.

In the Free State these Cuban doctors earn between R600 000 and R920 000 per year, excluding benefits

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