Safa sorts out its staffing overload

2011-10-01 21:19

South African Football Association (Safa) chief executive Robin “Mfundisi” Petersen will soon introduce a 360 degree performance system for staff.

Safa staffing has been in a shambles because of jobs being given to pals and people being hired in positions before job descriptions are provided. This has resulted in too many people being heads of departments.

Petersen said one of the problems he found was that there were 22 heads of ­departments in a staff of 93.

Petersen, who assumed duty two months ago, said the 360 degree system would “empower staff members, making them aware of what was expected as well as understand the results of their performance”.

He said the system gave workers a full view of their jobs and how they impacted on the organisation, their colleagues and all other stakeholders.

He said he was “pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the spirit and desire to turn the organisation into a “world-class one that people are proud of”.

After sharing his vision, titled “From Success to Success” with the divisional heads, Petersen also presented it at the Safa special general meeting recently.

But he faces a tough road ahead as some of the departmental heads were only recently appointed.

Steve Pila was made head of development academies, while Morio Sanyane was moved from heading the media and communications department to stakeholder relations.

Pila had been acting head of competitions until Balebetse Monnakgotla, whose contract was terminated by former chief executive Leslie Sedibe, was reinstated by a court of law.

Petersen said Sanyane had still not been replaced and the department had Matlhomola Morake, Gary Mojela, Kholofelo Moloisane and Dominic Chimhavi helping them as media consultants.

Former Local Organising Committee (LOC) employee Erick De La Fuente was not in this department but was helping out with IT and was “based in the chief executive’s office”, said Petersen.

“He is currently developing software that will help us capture the data on all South African players,” he said.

Petersen said it was not true that former LOC employees and people aligned to the Football Transformation Forum had been brought into Safa on inflated salaries.

“The World Cup created an island of excellence. It would be folly for Safa not to tap into the expertise gained by the people involved in organising and hosting the World Cup,” he said.

Petersen admitted that the delay in clinching a broadcast deal with the SABC, which expired on March 31, had impacted on other sponsorship deals.

However, with the Confederation of African Football having eventually tied up a centralised television and marketing rights deal, there could be light at the end of the tunnel.

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