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Quarterly labour force stats: EC job-loss bloodbath

June 2nd, 2017

Unemployment in the Eastern Cape skyrocketed by 3.8 percentage points, from 28.4% in the fourth quarter of 2016 (October-December) to 32.2% in the first quarter of 2017 (January-March), according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa today. This is one of the biggest quarterly increases in unemployment in the province in years, meaning that 110 000 fewer people had work in the first quarter of 2017, …


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Hundreds of NPO employed social workers face job losses

May 31st, 2017

The Department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape has embarked on a quiet and selective mission to identify and cut various non-profit organisation’s budget funding allocations overnight by 50%. This uncaring act administered by MEC Nancy Sihlwayi of Social Development and her department officials has triggered a state of panic amongst hundreds of NPO’s that are employing experienced social workers as they have to be retrenched. The restructuring and …


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Out-of-cash EC Health Department means 2 000 fewer employees

May 24th, 2017

The Department of Health has yet to fill 2 000 of the 5 000 vacancies that occurred as at the end of December 2016.  This is clearly an attempt by the department to offset its current financial crisis whereby the accruals have to be funded. The failure to yet employ 2 000 health workers will place a heavy burden on the already overworked staff, compromise service delivery, increase medico-legal claims …


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Speech notes by Bobby Stevenson MPL, speaking on the budget vote of the Provincial Treasury, 18 of May 2017

May 23rd, 2017

South Africa is facing a fiscal crisis. The governments’ total debt now stands at R2.2 trillion. The debt to GDP ratio was 23% in 2009 and is now at 50,7%. The total debt service cost has risen from a R147 Billion in 2016/2017 to a R162 Billion this year. State guarantees to state owned enterprises are standing at R477 Billion. The fiscal expansionary policies of the current government are placing …


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Speech notes by Bobby Stevenson MPL, speaking on the Appropriation Bill, 18 May 2017

May 23rd, 2017

This budget takes place not only against the fiscal crisis in which this country find itself in but also against the background of a number of factors. These include medico legal contingent liabilities of R17,669 billion, a provision for capped leave of R6.2 billion, backlogs in infrastructure of R151.1 billion, accruals in the region of R1.5 billion. There is also the issue of COE which is projected to rise at …


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