More than 100 000 public servants

Namibia currently has 67 835 civil servants, excluding uniformed personnel and political office bearers, the prime minister has disclosed.

03 May 2017 | Government

The total number of staff members in the public service, excluding political office bearers and uniformed personnel, currently stands at 67 835 individuals, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila recently revealed.

Taking into consideration the police and army, the total number of civil servants shoots up to an unconfirmed figure of about 100 000.

Of the total, only 534 are expatriates, the prime minister said in a recently tabled report to the National Assembly.

“The total number of staff in the public service was 67 835. There was a slight increase in the turnover of from 4 038 to 6 487 staff members in the public service. The turnover was mainly attributed to end of contracts, resignations, transfers, early retirements and retirement at age 60,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

There have been recent attempts to bring the wage bill which currently stands at 49% of total government expenditure under control, including suggestions to reduce the voluntary early retirement age to 50 from 55.

A formal decision is still to be made while the matter remains under investigation.

Office of the Prime Minister spokesperson Saima Shaanika recently told Namibian Sun, “No decision has been taken to reduce the retirement age. Cabinet rather decided to investigate the feasibility of the option. Once the investigation is concluded, Cabinet will then take a decision on this issue and will consider stakeholders' inputs in arriving at the decision.”

She also said that an action plan for the implementation of the wage bill recommendation had been approved by Cabinet.

“The plan outlines the actions to be undertaken and the timeline thereof, aimed at giving effect to the recommendations. The outcome of the investigation will determine whether this proposal will be implemented or not,” she said recently.

President Hage Geingob recently said that the civil service was bloated because of inherited organisational structures. “It is true that the structure of the public service is bloated. This is mainly due to the historical reality that we inherited civil servants from the structures which existed during the apartheid era in the interest of reconciliation,” Geingob told his office staff during a welcoming address at State House.

“If we were to downsize now, we would end up sending many people into the streets and add to the already high number of unemployed people.”

The bloated public service has caused government expenditure to rise yearly and the annual wage bill is over N$22 billion, Nampa reported recently.


Similar News


Public grills ECN contenders

13 hours ago | Government

OGONE TLHAGEThe Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has started interviewing candidates for the position of chief electoral officer.For the first time ever, the process, which...

Forgotten clans find their voices

1 day - 18 June 2018 | Government

Descendants of the Ovaherero, Ovambanderu and Nama groups that were exiled into the then British protectorate of Bechuanaland are jostling for inclusion in the genocide...

San voices 'ignored'

1 day - 18 June 2018 | Government

The committee of the N‡Jaqna Conservancy says it rejects a proposal for nine exclusive livestock farming units proposed by the Ministry of Land Reform in...

Govt called out on RCC

6 days ago - 13 June 2018 | Government

Outgoing Roads Contractor Company (RCC) board chairperson Fritz Jacobs claims there are deliberate plans to do away with the parastatal in order to favour private...

Ombudsman, govt probe childcare facility

1 week ago - 12 June 2018 | Government

JEMIMA BEUKESOmbudsman John Walters and the child welfare ministry have confirmed investigations into the living conditions of orphans and vulnerable children at a state facility,...

Ondangwa defends mayor's plot allocation

1 week ago - 11 June 2018 | Government

The Ondangwa town council has defended its decision to allocate three business plots to Huhu City, a company owned by the town's mayor, Paavo Amwele,...

Top dentist tells Haufiku to quit

1 week ago - 07 June 2018 | Government

While admitting his frustrations with the health ministry are coming on for over a decade, the country's former chief dentist, Dr Panduleni Itula, has called...

NHE defies N$500 000 govt price cap

1 week ago - 07 June 2018 | Government

The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) has defied a verbal ministerial directive, given by former housing minister Sophia Shaningwa and reiterated by her successor Peya...

Govt coughs up N$58m to City

2 weeks ago - 05 June 2018 | Government

Significant progress has been made in settling government municipal debt owed to the City of Windhoek, with about N$58 million having been paid to date.By...

Oshakati blocks Huang

2 weeks ago - 04 June 2018 | Government

The Oshakati town council has blocked a recommendation to give fraud and money laundering suspect Jack Huang's company 100 serviced erven on which to construct...

Latest News

Kingon re-appointed as SARS commissioner

13 hours ago | Economics

South African Revenue Service (SARS) acting commissioner Mark Kingon’s time at the helm has been extended by another three months, after minister of finance Nhlanhla...

Support for refugees

13 hours ago | Economics

NDAMA NAKASHOLEA total of N$13.2 million has been allocated in 2018/19 financial year to the administration of refugees programme under the home affairs ministry.The programme...


13 hours ago | Economics

Quote of the day“The Minerals Council believes that much more work needs to be done to create a Mining Charter that promotes competitiveness, investment, growth...

Court reins in spies

13 hours ago | Justice

The flimsy fig leaf of national security and secrecy, used by government, especially the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS), to withhold information in a constitutional...

Phosphate judgment on Thursday

13 hours ago | Environment

Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta has reserved judgment until Thursday on whether the granting of an environmental clearance certificate to Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) will be...

Public grills ECN contenders

13 hours ago | Government

OGONE TLHAGEThe Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has started interviewing candidates for the position of chief electoral officer.For the first time ever, the process, which...

Otjomuise shack fire claims two

13 hours ago | Crime

JANA-MARI SMITH A shack fire in Windhoek’s Otjomuise area killed two people over the weekend.The police reported that the two...

Katrina takes time into own...

13 hours ago | Education

The education ministry has issued a directive that schools may not start earlier than 07:30 or later than 08:30.This follows numerous directives issued by the...

Two in court after drug...

13 hours ago | Justice

Two men arrested in connection with a drug bust at the port of Walvis Bay on Friday made their first court appearance yesterday. Grant Noble...

Load More