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MANZINI – A Circular, which allows qualifying civil servants to get the three per cent cost-of-living adjustment (CoLA), has been handed over to the ministry of Finance.

This follows that last month; the three per cent CoLA and once-off payment of one per cent of their annual basic salary, was not implemented due to technicalities. The technicalities included that a Circular instructing the Ministry of Finance to effect the reviewed scale for un-unionisable civil servants was not submitted on time. Also, the Ministry of Public Service said unlike in previous years, wherein the adjustments were received by all civil servants on government’s payroll, this time they had to separate them as not all had signed a collective agreement.

In light of the technicalities experienced last month, this publication sought comment from the Communications Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Setsabile Dlamini, on whether they had received the instrument instructing them to modify the remuneration scales. She confirmed that the ministry had received the Circular from the ministry of Public Service with the new salary scales. The circular, she said, was directed to the Treasury Department. “Yes, we have received the circular,” she said.


According to impeccable sources at the Treasury Department, the submission of the Circular means it is likely that when the payroll is run, the new scale will be effected. The sources said this was a sign that there was a new remuneration structure. Also, the Communications Officer in the Ministry of Public Service, Hlobisile Vilakati, said: “The Ministry has issued a Circular implementing CoLA.” This was after Vilakati had been sought for information on whether the three per cent CoLA and once-off one per cent of annual salary across the board for managers and non-unionisable civil servants would be effected this month. This is also subsequent to a previous comment by the Principal Secretary (PS) in the ministry of Public Service, Sipho Tsabedze, who informed this publication last month that the qualifying civil servants were guaranteed to get their money next week. He said: “The work (to upload the CoLA) needs time as it is unlike on previous instances where it was applied to every person on the payroll; hence, it could not be implemented last month.”

Tsabedze said the exclusion of some civil servants was the reason the remuneration at the improved rate was stalled. He said the ministry also received the circular authorising the implementation of the three per cent CoLA and once-off payment of one per cent of their annual basic salary after the date of running the payroll. It is worth noting that the deadline for running salaries at the Treasury Department is usually five working days before the remuneration of civil servants. For this month, it was gathered that the process had already started.

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