Covid-19 ill-health leave cost the state R14bn, says Ayanda Dlodlo

2022/01/12 18:17:00

Between March 28 2020 and October 31 2021, 881,152 employees used normal sick leave and incapacity leave

Between March 28 2020 and October 31 2021, 881,152 employees used normal sick leave and incapacity leave

Between March 28 2020 and October 31 2021, 881,152 employees used normal sick leave and incapacity leave

Public service and administration minister Ayanda Dlodlo.A snapshot of the latest Covid-19 update by the NICD on Monday.A snapshot of the latest Covid-19 update by the NICD on Monday.10 January 2022 - 18:50 By Reuters Britain on Monday reported 142,224 further cases of Covid-19 and 77 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

Image: Moeletsi Mabe The state has spent more than R14bn on public servants who have used sick and incapacity leave since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.This was revealed by public service and administration minister Ayanda Dlodlo in a written parliamentary response published this week.Gauteng was on the opposite end of the scale, recording the most cases (34%) followed by the Western Cape (23%) and KwaZulu-Natal (21%).Between March 28 2020 and October 31 2021, 881,152 employees used these types of leave.“Today the institute reports 2,409 new Covid-19 cases that have been identified in SA, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,528,463.The minister was responding to DA MP Mimmy Gondwe, who asked about public service employees who had taken leave due to ill health since the pandemic struck and the cost to the state.This increase represents a 14% positivity rate,” said the NICD.“The total cost of the public service in respect of the normal sick leave and incapacity leave for the period in point amounts to R14,346,032,476,” said Dlodlo.

In terms of departments, the police took the most leave.“There has been an increase of 177 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.“There has been an increase of 177 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.She provided a detailed breakdown per province and national department as follows: In the Eastern Cape provincial administration 61,133 employees took leave at a cost of R778,619,363; In the Free State 44,132 employees took leave at a cost of R581,716,125; In Gauteng 137,165 staffers took leave at a cost of R1,723,825,933; In KwaZulu-Natal 117,580 staffers took leave at a cost of R1,647,791,837; In Limpopo 68,112 employees took leave at a cost of R894,836,235; In Mpumalanga 35,855 employees took leave at a cost of R398,417,813; In the North West 39,435 employees took leave at a cost of R441,439,119; In Northern Cape 15,330 employees took leave at cost of R212,157,011; and In the Western Cape 66,620 employees took leave at a cost of R830,571,532.In terms of departments, the police took the most leave.TimesLIVE.The breakdown of departments was provided as: Police spent R2,272,756,578, as 151 182 employees took leave; Water and sanitation spent R34,914,884, with 2,734 employees on leave; Justice and constitutional development spent R249,005,957, with 16,325 employees on leave; Correctional services spent R681,622,732, with 38,509 employees on leave; Higher education and training spent R109,240,434, with 9,805 employees on leave.Dlodlo said the statistics excluded the department of defence and the State Security Agency (SSA).

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