Idle workers are largely responsible for Government’s bloated wage bill, and some departments should be realigned to streamline costs, the 2015 Civil Service Audit Report says. The State salary bill chews 83 percent of revenue, depriving authorities of fiscal space to embark on capital projects for socio-economic development. Monthly, Treasury has to pull all the stops to meet civil service pay cheques while also grappling with competing national demands like food security.A physical head-count during the countrywide civil service audit determined the areas driving high labour costs. It emerged during the survey that many civil servants lack job descriptions and are hardly contributing to public administration and the mix of Statecraft. Some have become redundant and others duplicate duties. Senior Government officials who have read the Audit Report told The Sunday Mail that it had been established that it was largely non-technical ministries that had much idle manpower.
Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau— Emergency teams had by yesterday recovered the bodies of six illegal miners, five of them Zimbabweans who died in a mine blast in Benoni, 35km outside Johannesburg, South Africa. At least 15 Zimbabweans and Mozambicans are believed to have died after a generator they were using in the disused underground mine exploded on Monday morning.
SPIRIT mediums from President Robert Mugabe’s Gushungo clan are reported to have invaded two adjacent farmhouses at the late business tycoon Sam Levy’s Lilfordia Farm in Zvimba, claiming the properties were linked by an “underground tunnel” loaded with gold nuggets, which could turn around the country’s economic fortunes. Lilfordia Farm was formerly owned by late business tycoon Sam Levy, whose business enterprises also comprise the posh Sam Levy’s Village in the leafy Borrowdale suburb, in Harare.
Protesters thronged Brazil’s cities on August 16 demanding the impeachment of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, narrowly elected to a second term just last October, but not one of them made any reference to the Peter Principle. Gwynnne Dyer But if Rousseff were a senior manager in any bureaucracy, public or private, it would surely have been noticed by now that she has been promoted to her “level of incompetence”. We owe the insight that “managers rise to the level of their incompetence” to Dr Laurence J Peter, who pointed out half a century ago that people are promoted on the basis of their success in their last job, not their aptitude for the next one.
A 37-YEAR-OLD Kariba woman recently dangled crocodile meat to a hungry 14-year-old boy and lured him into her bedroom where she allegedly sexually abused him.
Kwekwe Central MP Masango Matambanadzo (Zanu-PF) and his aide Burden Mawire, who were facing charges of assaulting a party colleague, were acquitted for lack of incriminating evidence at the end of the State case yesterday. Matambanadzo and Mawire were being charged with assaulting fellow party member, Sabikwa Msipha in Amaveni, Kwekwe, on August 11. Gweru magistrate, Shotgame Musaiona ruled that evidence proffered by the State could not sustain a conviction