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graduate thumb100 News24 reports that amid an outcry over senior public servants who are not qualified for their jobs, the heads of national and provincial departments have been instructed to update the qualifications of senior management on their systems.

Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Minister Senzo Mchunu recently revealed that out of 9,477 senior managers, 3,301 did not have the required qualifications. But, he pointed out that many departments did not capture the qualification information on the government's payroll and personal staff system, Persal, and therefore the information was skewed. The figures also exclude officials in the Department of Defence and the State Security Agency. In a circular dated 15 April to departmental heads, the DPSA’s director-general, Yoliswa Makhasi, wrote: "It has come to the attention of the department that there are departments that are not capturing or updating qualifications related information on the Persal system. As a result of this, the department is unable to access reliable information for planning and reporting purposes." Heads of departments were implored to update the information by the end of the month for salary scales 13 to 16 (senior management) officials. The qualifications of officials on the 1 to 12 salary scales must be updated by 28 May.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jason Felix at News24


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