HODs performance falls far short

2010-10-28 11:52

Almost half of all heads of government departments (HODs) have not had their performance evaluated, despite being in charge of an estimated R250 billion in funds a year, the Public Service Commission said today.

The commission’s chairperson Dr Ralph Mgijima was “appalled” by the low rate of compliance when it came to evaluating HODs.

“Time and time again we report on this and we are not getting any improvement,” Mgijima said at the release of the ninth state of the public service report in Pretoria.

“We are greatly appalled as you are (the media). It needs to be improved.”

Only 51% of HODs had their performances evaluated by the end of March, down from 56% the previous year.

By law all HODs had to be evaluated yearly.

The Western Cape and North West were the only provinces that had achieved close to 100% compliance.

Mgijima said there needed to be greater transparency in providing the public with timely information.

Asked how the government’s proposed Protection of Information Bill would affect this kind of transparency, he said the bill would “pose challenges” to the government’s outcomes approach.

“Information becomes critical in monitoring,” Mgijima said.

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