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Govt remains largest employer in SA-Min Dlodlo

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The public service space remains the largest employer in the country, says Public Service and Administration Minister, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo.

On her Parliamentary written reply on the total number of employees in the public service, Minister Dlodlo said: “the number of persons currently employed in the public service as at 14 February 2022 is 1 230 835.

However, the Minister added that 131 176 public servants will reach the retirement age of 65 in 2025.

Meanwhile, during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that government would be finalising a framework for the professionalisation of the public service.

He said this would include tighter measures for recruitment of public servants, continuous professional development through the National School of Government and partnerships between state bodies, professional associations and universities.

According to the President, government must work for the people; hence, the current administration’s foremost priority is to build a capable, ethical and developmental state. Lifestyle audits are already being implemented across the public service.

“While there are many parts of the state that require much work, there are institutions that continue to serve the people of this country effectively and efficiently. One such institution is the South African Revenue Service, which will be 25 years old this year.

“While SARS was badly damaged by state capture, it has made remarkable progress in restoring its integrity, credibility and performance. Since its formation, SARS has collected some R16 trillion for the country’s social and economic development.

“This revenue has enabled government to improve the lives of millions through the provision of health care, education, social grants and other basic services. A capable state is not only about the quality of public servants and about the efficiency of institutions.

“It is also, fundamentally, about how citizens are empowered to participate. We must work together to ensure that platforms like schools governing bodies and community policing forums are more active and inclusive. A vibrant civil society is crucial for a capable state and for development,” he said.