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southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that civil servants have been generously remunerated over the last five years – taking home nearly R3 billion’s worth of performance bonuses, 13th cheques and incentives.

Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Minister Noxolo Kieviet revealed the exorbitant figure during a recent Q&A session in Parliament. National departments reportedly spent more than R726 million in performance bonuses between 2019 and 2024, with almost half paid out in 2022. Meanwhile, provincial administrations spent R2.2 billion in bonuses – taking up two-thirds of the total expenditure. This amount went towards financing the 13th cheques of doctors, teachers and nurses among other civil servants. According to DPSA spokesperson Moses Mushi, government spent over R2.4 billion on performance bonuses alone during the last five years. Justifying the expenditure, Mushi said the 13th cheque or “service bonus” was an incentive to encourage employees in the public service. “This has been a standard remuneration philosophy across public and private sectors,” said Mushi, who added that the number of staff earning performance bonuses declined from 218,792 in 2028 to 3,767 this year. Meanwhile, Kiviet said government employees earned their performance bonuses based on the audit outcomes of their departments. Ironically, she revealed that 158 civil servants in national government received a total of R21.8 million in pay while on suspension. Furthermore, 237 suspended officials in provincial governments received a total of R107 million.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Vukosi Maluleke at The Citizen
  • Read too, R3 billion ‘performance’ bonuses for government workers, at BusinessTech


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