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WC govt working to ensure Public Servants Wage Bill doesn’t balloon

The finance MEC says the province needs to cut costs due to the drought and the economic downturn.

Western Cape Finance MEC delivering the provincial budget for the 2015/16 financial year in the Western Cape Legislature. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Finance MEC Ivan Meyer says the provincial government is working to ensure its public servants wage bill does not balloon over the next three years.

Meyer has delivered the provincial budget for the 2015/16 financial year in the Western Cape Legislature.

It has been allocated R55 billion to spend over the next 12 months.

Meyer has told the house the provincial government needs to cut costs, because of the effects of the drought and the economic downturn.

He says they will first look at the Public Servant's Wage Bill.

"Further work between the provincial Treasury and the department of the premier and the Department of Local Government is on the cards to ensure that departments stick within the set limits and that personnel budgets do not grow to the extent it has in other provinces."

In her State of the Province Address last month, Premier Helen Zille said the province might have to introduce austerity measures to cut expenditure.