Nepotism or­der of the day

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL - Pat McGee

OUR coun­try lurches from one cri­sis to an­other. Whether it be junk sta­tus, eco­nomic re­ces­sion, a cri­sis of corruption, a crime wave cri­sis, a health or ser­vice de­liv­ery cri­sis or even the widespread cri­sis in our state-owned en­ter­prises, they all have one point of ori­gin.

The fun­da­men­tal prob­lem is one of poor man­age­ment. We have a “cri­sis of man­age­ment” in a large swathe of in­sti­tu­tions.

The ori­gin of this malaise is the ANC pol­icy of “cadre de­ploy­ment” which has meant, in many cases, that peo­ple are de­ployed for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons to po­si­tions for which they are not trained or ex­pe­ri­enced enough.

Bla­tant corruption and nepotism has added to the prob­lem.

The de­ploy­ment of peo­ple in the man­ner de­scribed has two fun­da­men­tal weak­nesses.

First, there is the ob­vi­ous prob­lem of be­ing in­com­pe­tent to do the job.

Sec­ond, there is the prob­lem that hav­ing been de­ployed to an un­fa­mil­iar job as a po­lit­i­cal favour your at­ten­tion is not nec­es­sar­ily on the job at hand, but rather it is on hold­ing on to the job by keep­ing your bene­fac­tor happy – what­ever that may en­tail.

The re­sults of this cri­sis of man­age­ment are plain to see.

Only when we re­turn to ap­point­ing peo­ple based solely on their com­pe­tence to do a job will we be able to solve the myr­iad is­sues we have in our coun­try. Fair­land

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