Civil Servants: no goofing off during W Cup

2010-06-11 00:00

FOOTBALL fanatics may not think so, but life and work go on during the Fifa World Cup, especially for the country’s civil servants.

The Ministry of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) while sympathetic to the heartfelt cry that the tournament is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all South Africans, have warned that eve­ry­day operational activities must go on.

To accommodate civil servants attending matches, the ministry has issued guidelines on leave-taking over the next month. Leave can be taken with the approval of the department head, who has to ensure that work is not negatively affected and that leave is not hogged by a few.

Requests have been made to the ministry for public servants to be granted three hours ex gratia leave before all Bafana Bafana games.

Allowing for this will be at the discretion of the head of department (HOD), within the parameters of legislative regulations such as the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

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