Govt is spending too much on admin staff and agencies, says Godongwana

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says SA's main problem is that a big portion of personnel spending goes towards admin staff and agencies.
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says SA's main problem is that a big portion of personnel spending goes towards admin staff and agencies.
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The National Treasury has availed only R20.5 billion to adjust salaries for the cost of living of public servants in the 2022/23 fiscal year. But it has a bigger problem as it is trying to contain the public wage bill when more teachers, nurses and doctors are needed in the country.

According to a presentation by the director-general of the Department of Public Service and Administration, Yoliswa Makhasi, 12.7% of posts in the public sector are vacant, mostly critical roles.

The health and education sectors account for 68% of all vacant posts in the public service. Some 39 367 posts in the healthcare sector are vacant, as are over 73 000 in the public education sector.

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