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  • He was reported to have referred to some ministers as "deadwoods", "who remain untouchable", and some who "are dying on duty".

    ANC Statement on comments by Zwelinzima Vavi

  • An effective way to reduce government waste and spending would be to give federal managers appropriate responsibility and authority to expeditiously fire the deadwoods who have been given reasonable time to improve their performance but have failed to do so. federal retiree, Woodbridge

    Would freezing pay raises be a good way to cut government spending?

  • Union, Vavi said some ministers were "deadwoods who remain untouchable", and that some were "dying on duty".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu), Vavi said that some ministers were "deadwoods who remain untouchable", and that some were

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • What I find really worrying though is that it is often the deadwoods who end up on hiring committees, as other people are too busy doing real work.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • Lyoko is said to be "weeding out the deadwoods" from the rank and file of the Zairean army.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Expectations were naturally high that those that would replace the sacked ministers would be men and women of proven track record of performance, and not merely recycled deadwoods.

    Vanguard

  • No more Humiliation please - Amar Singh should float his own party with all the convicted persons, Bollywood actors and actresses who are deadwoods.

    Latest News Online - The Indian Express

  • I know that it's not easy to change the civil servants mindsets overnight but I do believe that if change is to be, it is the new rulers of the 5 states to implement such change regardless of any objections from the deadwoods and stoneheads of the various departments and units who had been enjoying themselves at the people's expense all these while.

    MAHAGURU58

  • If there is, something must be wrong with the company or leadership to have brought about these deadwoods who are not motivated, "he says.

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