Opposition slams KZN govt ‘PR gimmick’

2011-09-12 00:00

More than 52% of the employees of 15 KwaZulu-Natal government departments have failed to sign performance agreements. They include some heads of department and senior managers.

The “employee performance management and development system provincial policy” requires supervisors to ensure that they enter into performance agreements with their subordinates, who are responsible for their own performance management.

Performance is supposed to be monitored and reported on at quarterly intervals. Only 48,8% of employees in KZN’s 15 departments have signed.

Said the shadow MEC for Finance, Roman Liptak of Inkatha Freedom Party, “Performance agreements between government officials and their supervisors are now government policy and this year’s budget statements gave the impression that they would be signed as a matter of urgency.

“It is a pity that more than half of officials, including some senior ones, have not signed them to date.

“Although most performance agreements have been signed at the upper salary levels, some heads of department, including those of Health and Sport and Recreation and senior managers in Education and Economic Development and Tourism have not signed them, setting a dubious example for their subordinates.

“If the roll-out of performance agreements was meant to counter the public perception that government officials are performing poorly, all those performance agreements that have not even been signed prove that the policy is little more than a public relations gimmick,” Liptak added.

Officials in breach of their performance agreements could face disciplinary action or dismissal.

mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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