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GodongwanaTimesLIVE reports that the government will spend R251bn in the coming financial year to cover public sector wage increases.

Tabling his 2024/2025 budget in parliament on Wednesday, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana said that the R251.3bn would be used to fund salaries of civil servants such as teachers, health workers and the police. “Spending additions, mainly of the carry-through costs of the 2023/2024 wage increase and wage bill pressures in labour intensive departments, including basic education, health and police,” Godongwana indicated in budget documents tabled in parliament. The government and public-sector unions have agreed to a 7.5% wage increase for the current fiscal year, ending in March 2024, including payment of a cash gratuity of 4.2% of a monthly salary. Godongwana did not allocate additional money to fund wage increases in departments other than the above, saying they would have to find money through their allocated departmental budgets. “Most other departments are expected to absorb the wage increase within their baseline. This will include managing headcounts, such as by implementing controls on payroll systems to ensure departments operate within their budgets. Government is exploring other measures, which will be tabled for discussion in the public service co-ordinating bargaining council as part of a broader discussion on containing wage bill growth,” Godongwana explained. On the whole, the salaries of public service workers are projected to rise to just more than R822bn by 2027, from R721bn this year.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thabo Mokone at SowetanLive
  • Lees ook, Derde van begroting gaan aan salarisse, by Maroela Media

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