Can­di­dates ‘scared’ to be DG to Premier

The Witness - - NEWS - • sabel o.nsele@wit­ness.co.za SA­BELO NSELE

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 [2016]. 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.

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