The government is spending more money on paying its employees than providing goods and basic services, a report by Statistics SA showed on Thursday. Government spending on compensation of employees increased more than R40bn from R473bn in 2013-14 to R514bn in 2014-15. This means the government spent more money paying its employees than actually procuring goods and services to be delivered to the people of SA. This is contained in the Financial Statistics of Consolidated General Government for the 2014-15 fiscal year, released by Statistics SA on Thursday. The report contains statistics on the South African government’s income and expenditure for the financial year ended March 31 2015. It provides detail on the sources of income from all levels of government‚ such as taxes‚ social contributions and "other" receipts. It also explores various expenditure items‚ including compensation of employees‚ interest paid on loans‚ social benefits‚ grants and subsidies. The report showed that the...

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