Readers respond to state’s ... plan to freeze posts

2014-10-19 15:00

Why not conduct an audit first, ask concerned citizens

Firstly, for the government to have so many unfilled posts is a disgrace, considering the high unemployment rate. Freezing posts would be unwise because there are so many skilled yet unemployed young graduates who should be filling those vacancies.

Remember a few years back when our government decided to close teacher training colleges? Now there’s a huge outcry about teacher shortages.

Experience is the best teacher. Freezing those posts willy-nilly will be suicidal. I’d suggest doing a skills audit first.

G Fadane

via SMS

It is not good to freeze posts. But if posts are frozen, services are expected to be delivered efficiently as if nothing has happened.

We are working in an environment where managers are arrogant and threaten to suspend or fire staff. They even tell employees that they can leave when they raise the issue of staff shortages.

Fill the posts as soon as possible and let HR officers do their work without political interference – for the sake of rendering quality services.

Molehe Tsiu

via SMS

I think government must conduct an audit first to find out the exact number of vacant posts across all the departments and parastatals.

After the report is submitted, the Cabinet, in consultation with the department of public service and administration, should give directives to all the departments to fill all funded vacant posts.

Remember, the ANC in its election manifesto promised 6?million jobs in the next four and a half years. So filling all the funded vacant posts will contribute to that, as well as reduce unemployment.

Tuwani Tshotheli

via SMS

The consequence as a result of freezing posts will be poor productivity. This will result in poor provision of basic services to communities, which in turn leads to service-delivery protests.

The latest protests are examples of this. If a skills audit can be conducted, critical posts key to effective and efficient service delivery will be identified.

Doing this can pave the way for the employment of young graduates within the public sector thereby alleviating the unemployment and poverty we are currently experiencing.

Zacharia

via SMS

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