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Eroding Salaries And Doing Business

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This chapter presents a number of horizontal slices of civil servants' everyday lives. The general theme of these slices was the civil servants' attempts to regain their lost security. Civil servants relied on salary advances and used benefits, such as workshop allowances, to supplement their salaries. Employment in the civil service ceased to be the main source of income for many civil servants who were "business-minded". The deregulation of the market and the end of Kamuzu Banda's autocratic regime had created room for them to start businesses to become less dependent on their jobs in times when they could no longer count on lifelong employment. Subsistence farming was also a popular means of reducing the dependency on cash, although the famine of 2002 revealed that subsistence farming was not without risks.

Keywords: Africa; civil service; eroding salaries



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