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The benefits of privatization remained unproven

Responding to President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s statement that he intends to slash the civil service and engage in widespread privatization of public enterprises, Topias Marenga, general secretary of the Botswana Public Employees Union, says “reducing the size of the civil service would be ‘a major blow’ and the benefits of privatization remained unproven. ‘The problem with our leaders is that they are under the sway of the International Monetary Fund, which wants the public service wage bill cut down by 5 percent,’ he said by phone. ‘Our problem is that we don’t have effective platforms to discuss these matters with government as equal social partners.’”

Source: thedaybreaknews.com