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.

OGONE TLHAGE

Similar News

 

PM warns employees of shorter leash

12 hours ago | Government

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila this week warned staff members of her office that she would not accept complacency and that she would shorten the leash...

Geingob in London for Commonwealth business

1 day - 18 April 2018 | Government

President Hage Geingob yesterday departed for London to attend the Commonwealth Business Forum and Commonwealth of Heads of Government meeting starting tomorrow. The presidency also...

Geingob departs for London

2 days ago - 17 April 2018 | Government

President Hage Geingob is departing for London this morning to attend the Commonwealth Business Forum and Commonwealth of Heads of Government meeting on Thursday. The...

Nghiwete suspended pending probe

2 days ago - 17 April 2018 | Government

The CEO and head of the secretariat of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), Hilya Nghiwete, has been suspended with immediate effect by the...

Home Affairs to close three more offices

2 days ago - 17 April 2018 | Government

The Ministry of Home Affairs is to close three little-used local offices, minister Frans Kapofi said while motivating the ministry's budget vote in the National...

No public funds for Geingob's Areva lawsuit

3 days ago - 16 April 2018 | Government

President Hage Geingob is threatening legal action over corruption allegations involving Areva in his private capacity and no state funds will be used. His...

President's budget cut by N$200m

6 days ago - 13 April 2018 | Government

Despite a 32% reduction in its budget, newly appointed presidential affairs minister Martin Andjaba is confident that the office of the president will be able...

Mutorwa wants assets list

1 week ago - 12 April 2018 | Government

Newly appointed minister of works and transport John Mutorwa has said that he would like to be provided with a complete list of assets owned...

Rumours of a rip-off while plots lie idle

1 week ago - 10 April 2018 | Government

While many local authorities across the country are finding it difficult to provide serviced land for people to construct houses, the Oshakati town council has...

State House rocked by Areva arrests

1 week ago - 10 April 2018 | Government

President Hage Geingob's involvement at UraMin as a consultant, which earned him US$300 000 (N$2.475 million at the exchange rate at the time, said to...

Latest News

Acute teacher shortage

12 hours ago | Economics

The education ministry has appealed for leniency and recognition that despite the directive to reduce state wage bills the ministry is in dire need of...

Africa briefs

12 hours ago | Economics

SA's auditor general cancels all contracts with KPMGSouth Africa’s Auditor General said on Tuesday he is terminating all contracts with auditing firm KPMG over a...

NovaNam, Lalandii start new hake...

12 hours ago | Business

Staff reporter - Last week, Lüderitz-based hake fishing companies, NovaNam and Lalandii, commenced with the cutting of the steel to build the...

Ondonga heir apparent hits back...

12 hours ago | Cultural

One of the claimants to the Ondonga throne, Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, has taken issue with urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga following his recent...

PM warns employees of shorter...

12 hours ago | Government

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila this week warned staff members of her office that she would not accept complacency and that she would shorten the leash...

40 years after battle of...

12 hours ago | History

The Angolan president, João Lourenço will attend the Cassinga Day commemoration on 4 May as guest of honour and will lay a wreath at Heroes'...

New conservancy land disputed

12 hours ago | Environment

A Kavango West man has accused the Uukwangali Traditional Authority of stealing his land, which he claimed was now allocated to a newly proclaimed conservancy....

Liquidators' powers reined in

12 hours ago | Justice

The extra powers granted to the two liquidators, Dave Bruni and Ian McLaren, by the High Court on 2 February, under whose management the liquidated...

Half a billion worth of...

12 hours ago | Banking

Staff reporter – Total business registered in FNB Namibia’s annual competition for estate agents amounted to about N$550 million, the group said in a statement....

Load More