Minister: Increments should stop
AUSTERITY measures should continue to be implemented in order for the economy to fully recover.
This was said by Minister of Housing and Urban Development Prince Simelane when expressing his view on what the country should do in order to recover in economic terms.
Prince Simelane said he wished that people could understand that the country was currently undergoing financial difficulties and increasing salaries could have a negative impact on the economy.
The prince started saying this last week at Mandvulo Grand Hall in Lozitha. That was when legislators had gone there to meet His Majesty King Mswati III.
The King was also interested in gathering opinions from the lawmakers on what the country had to do in order to turn around the bad economic situation. The prince said people had to adjust themselves to suit the prevailing economic circumstances and accept that workers would have to go for some years without any increment in terms of payment.
Prince Simelane was also called on Wednesday and he maintained his stand on what he submitted at Mandvulo. Prince Simelane said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advised the country to lay off some workers from the civil service because it could not sustain them. However, the King could not do so because he was concerned that the unemployment rate would be high.
The King’s decision came with conditions, according to the minister. The conditions were that civil servants would have to go for many years without any increment, in order to try and follow the advice of the IMF.
He pleaded with the workers to adjust and live under the tough economic circumstances, hoping that the situation would come to pass. Prince Simelane’s sentiments were shared by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Themba Masuku, in a separate occasion. Masuku met his staff members at his offices on Wednesday
for introductions so that he could get to know them and establish a rapport with them.
Masuku also pleaded with his workers to adjust themselves to suit the prevailing tough economic circumstances for the country. He told them that in life, there were good and bad circumstances, which called for everyone to adjust to suit whatever circumstances.
He told the workers that he understood that every person wanted money, but money should not be the priority. He said the reason why his workers were at work should be to serve the people, rather than prioritising money and status of working at DPMO.