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sassaNews24 reports that MPs heard on Wednesday that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) currently has more than 19,000 job posts available at the entity, but only has funding for half of them.  

As of August 2017, Sassa had 19,162 approved permanent and contract posts, but only 9,091 of them were filled, which equated to a 52.6% vacancy rate.  Sassa executive manager Raphaahle Ramokgopa explained to the portfolio committee on social development that when Sassa was formed, job descriptions were defined at the time to represent a complete Sassa organogram that handled all administrative work.  However, many of the functions have been outsourced to external partners for the last decade, including to outgoing unlawful grants distributor Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).  The agency thus now needs people to come in to improve expertise in many of these areas as they move away from CPS, including finance and banking.  Sassa currently only has funding for 220 more posts, all of which have been advertised and approximately 80% of which were still at shortlisting phase.  It has advertised 10 executive posts currently occupied by acting personnel, including the chief operations officer, executive manager: corporate affairs, and four regional executive manager posts.

  • Read this report by Paul Herman in in full at News24

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