Kimberley - The Public Servants Association (PSA) has estimated that 5 000 civil servants in the Northern Cape stand to lose their jobs following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that he will tighten the belt on public spending by reducing perks, freezing wage increases and curbing wasteful expenditure.
This follows a review of the ministerial handbook that has outlined cost-containment measures on government benefits.
PSA provincial manager Steve Ledibane said on Wednesday that there were plans to reduce the public service sector by about 30 000 jobs across the country.
“The Northern Cape has an unemployment rate of 29.4 percent while it has the lowest population of 1.2 million people. Even the loss of 100 jobs would have a dire effect on impoverished families. Voluntary retrenchments will first be offered to personnel. While this will save money . . . it will come at the cost of losing officials with skills and experience. This will result in a brain drain and skills deficit. How are public servants expected to keep up with inflation without salary increases?”
Ledibane added that while those who chose to take voluntary packages were promised that they would not be penalised by tax, they would ultimately be punished by the current economic crisis.