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2014/06/16 Only two out of Juba‘s eight public electricity generators are working. Funds have just been released by the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs to buy repairs and maintenance from the sole supplier, but it will take at least 6-8 weeks. Snippet: Only two out of Juba‘s eight public electricity generators are worki....
2013/10 Staff from Kapoeta North and Torit Counties receive training in public financial management funded by CBTF (Capacity Building Trust Fund) Snippet 1371
2013/10 The ministry of foreign affairs is trying to respond to concerns in the Legislative Assembly by slimming down the diplomatic service. It believes many diplomats have been appointed incorrectly. Many have been appointed on the strength of being important in the independence struggle, rather than diplomatic qualities. South Sudan currently has 22 embassies, but more than 90 ambassadors. Snippet 1333
2013/10 A screening finds that, out of 483 civil servants on the payroll of Lakes State, 74 were on medical leave, 134 on approved study leave, 29 had died in service, 79 had left the job. 124 names had been wrongly added to the payroll. The Lakes governor had stopped the salaries of those on medical leave, study leave, and secondment to NGOs, and now all salaries are suspended. Snippet
2013/09/02 Unity state MPs are critical of the state governor, for retaining a big government (11 ministers and more than 15 advisors) in his reshuffle. Snippet 1227
2013/08 Unity State official explains the large number of ministers and advisors in the state on the demands for representation by each county and ethnic group Snippet
2013/08/02 President Kiir meets state governors and asks them to follow his example by reducing the size of state administrations. Snippet 1057
2013/08/03 The caretaker governor of Unity State, Joseph Manytuil Wajang, dismisses all state cabinet ministers and state advisors. Other positions are also likely to be affected, and the number of ministries further reduced. (Unity State has already reduced the number of ministries from 16 to 10.) Snippet 1056
2013/08 There is some confusion and difficulty in public administration over the practical implications of reducing the number of national government ministries. Snippet
2013/07/23 While dismissing his cabinet and Vice-President, President Salva Kiir also reduces the number of national ministries from 29 to 18, and relieves their ministers and deputy ministers. The moves are welcomed by the Governor of EES, Louis Lobong Lojore on the grounds that they should promote greater government efficiency. Snippet 1022
2013/07 South Sudan launches business passports as a fifth category of passport, alongside civilian, official, diplomatic and special. Snippet 1014
2013/07 Upper Nile State cannot get enough tax receipt forms from the national government, so has to use Sudanese ones instead. Snippet 1008
2013/02/03 The South Sudan Electronic Payroll System II (SSEPS II) Pilot is launched by the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development. It will be implemented from February to April and is expected to help identify and remove ghost workers from the payroll. (Justin Jada and Simon Owaka/GOSS-online, 3 Feb 2013) Snippet 678
Reference Mini-review
Stephen Par Kuol, 2013/09/29. The local government In the state of Lacuna [Article] Gurtong. Accessed online.

Testimony by a local government official on the poor state of local government in most counties. Major shortcomings which he identifies are: a lack of effective accountability - and consequent corruption - of county commissioners; a lack of practical resourcing and implementation of the structures outlined in the 2009 Local Government Act; and prevalence of nepotism over meritocracy in appointments.

James Alic Garang, 2013/02/01. The question of big government, and financial viability: the case of South Sudan [Report] The Sudd Institute. Accessed online.

Argues for a reduction in the number of ministries, from 29 to 20, and the number of MPs from 382 to 170. Recommends that savings on the wage bill be used to fund employment and social programmes through the states, and/or to raise the salaries of the remaining MPs from USD 37,500 to USD 60,000 per year (on the grounds that this may improve their morale and output).

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