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Public servants lament hikes in fuel and electricity tariffs

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The Public Servants Association said it’s concerned that the recently announced electricity and fuel price increases will deepen the financial woes of public servants and all South Africans.

PSA spokesperson, Claude Naicker, says the decision to raise electricity prices, coupled with increased fuel prices, has sent shockwaves through communities already grappling with economic uncertainty.

He said these increases will have a detrimental impact on the livelihoods of workers, including public servants who are stretched thin as they endeavour to fulfil their duties.

“The timing of these price hikes is particularly distressing given the recent announcement of a mere 4.7% salary increase for public servants by the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

This inadequate adjustment fails to keep pace with the rising cost of living, leaving public servants struggling to make ends meet,” Naicker said.

He added that the salary increase is a projected inflation-linked and not a real wage increase, whilst the cost of living is well above the inflation rate.

“This, coupled with the recent announcement not to cut interest rates, further exacerbates the financial burden on workers,” he continued.