Candidates ‘scared’ to be DG to Premier
WHY has the office of the Premier struggled to find a suitable candidate to fill the position of directorgeneral?
It has taken two years and still counting for the department to fill the void left by Nhlanhla Ngidi, whose contract was not renewed when it lapsed in May 2015.
Ngidi had been hired as the KZN top civil servant during the tenure of then premier Z weli Mkhize. However, he left his employ when Mkhize’s successor, Senzo Mchunu, did not renew his contract.
Though the department has embarked on several recruitment drives since then, the position still remains vacant.
In 2015 the head of secertariat for the provincial planning commission, Frikkie Brooks, acted in the position until May 2016.
In May 2016, deputy director general Primrose Khumalo was appointed to act in the position.
Today is the last day Khumalo can act in the position, since by law she is not allowed to act as director general for more than a year.
But tomorrow, the department will not replace her with a fulltime dir ectorgeneral.
Instead deputy directorgeneral for stakeholder relations at the de partment, Zakhele Mnqayi, is to act as the director general for the next two months.
Premier Willies Mchunut old the portfolio committee meeting yesterday that two head counts and two recruitment drives had so arf failed to yield de sired results.
“The process I am familiar with is the one that we started in August . We advertised the position but not even a single one[ of the applicants] came close to what we were looking for. We then agreed as the cabinet that we needed to do a head count but we still could not find the suitable candidate. We readvertised the post after failing a second head count ,” he said.
Mchunu said that was when suitable candidates started applying .“We have started short listing and we hope to have finalised everything in two months’ time,” he said.
Mchunu said he believed many qualified public servants were scared of the job .
“Most of them do not want to reach the ceiling at a young age. They still want to explore their careers. They will prefer something else and then the fiveyear contract because after five years, if you manage to finish that period, you will be without a job .
“That is why most people prefer the job when they get to their 6 0s,” he said.