Choice for post is ‘no surprise’

2017-07-05 06:01

The Free State Department of Labour has appointed Nomfundo Douw-Jack as the new chief director of operations with effect from July. She had been acting in the post.

The department has stated that Douw-Jack’s appointment was a concerted effort to strengthen the working relations between the department and all its strategic stakeholders and clients.

Josial Ramokoena, provincial spokesperson, said the appointment was in pursuit of better working conditions for all workers in the province.

According to Ramokoena, Douw-Jack managed to stabilise the department while acting in the position.

“She is a versatile ad­ministrator whose good work is also reflected in the Auditor General’s (AG) report, in which unqualified audit findings were made for the Free State Department of Labour for the 2016-’17 financial year,” said Ramokoena.

“Her permanent appointment to this position therefore came as no surprise and is anticipated to result in the department reaching its goals and objectives as per the mandate bestowed on her.

“Douw-Jack is known as someone who leaves no stone unturned in her drive to ensure the safety of workers in the workplace, as well as in ensuring that workers are paid decent living wage and their rights are protected at all times.”

Ramokoena said Douw-Jack’s ability had led to clients’ queries regarding the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) being addressed, by establishing a rapid response team with the role of assisting labour centres with a backlog of old applications.

“In addition to that, she introduced the idea of members of management embarking on unannounced visits to labour centres to get their hands dirty and assist clients with enquiries, cases and applications.”

Ramokoena said the newly appointed director planned to further intensify outreach programmes of the Compensation Fund (CF) to reach out to workers in far-flung areas and provide comprehensive services to them right on the spot.

“To this end, a number of factories and towns in and around the province have already been visited by the CF staff,” said Ramokoena.

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