Gauteng crippled by staff shortage: DA

2011-06-08 15:36

Johannesburg - The Gauteng social development department is "crippled" by staff shortages in critical posts, the DA in the province said on Wednesday.

"There are 303 vacancies for social workers out of 1 115 posts [27% vacancy rate] and 46 nurse vacancies [31%] out of 147 nursing posts," Democratic Alliance social development spokesperson Rika Kruger said in a statement.

"This is resulting in severely negative consequences for the children and the elderly who are dependent on state support."

There was a 41% vacancy rate for senior management services positions, with 16 unfilled positions out of 39 posts. Only two out of seven clinical psychologist posts were filled.

The figures were revealed in the Gauteng health and social development department's Fourth Quarterly Report.

Kruger said the problem had been going on for years.

It meant children were not placed in foster care soon enough, and problems in old age homes were not being investigated properly.

"I cannot believe that there are no candidates for social work who can be suitably trained.

"The failure of the department to spend its budget properly is hitting the most vulnerable in our society hard," Kruger said.

The department was not immediately available for comment.

  • Cupra - 2011-06-08 15:50

    Paying fewer salaries = more money for the corrupt b@sat@rds that "run" the divisions!!!!

      zaatheist - 2011-06-09 04:33

      ...... and for the employment of their wives and girl friends. I am sure the problem is not lack of numbers but the employment of overpaid ill-qualified, lazy and disinterested relations and ANC cadres. The only things that interest the ANC bigwigs are BMW and Rolex catelogues.

  • Smaal - 2011-06-08 15:50

    I’d hate being raped, being sick, being an abandoned infant, on fire or all of the above in Gauteng.

      Whiskeyjack - 2011-06-08 16:57

      Well said!

  • Kevin King - 2011-06-08 16:03

    "The Department of Social Development is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer."

      Spyker May - 2011-06-08 16:25

      You pretty much summed it up King Kevin... And that bizarre appearance of ineptitude, the Feckless Fat Fetid Freak, our most beloved Woodwork Prodigy wants to nationalise our most precious resource: minerals – the only sector that still, ‘sort of’ works. Things were not perfect before, but heck, the... CURE IS WORSE THAN THE CANCER...

      Johan Van Zyl - 2011-06-08 17:57

      Spyker see it likes this there is only 10 years more of minerals left hit him have the empty mines haha

      World Traveler - 2011-06-08 18:32

      Nuf said!

      Koring - 2011-06-08 20:42

      Someone has again gone to the root of the problem. This stupid apartheid regime under Zuma insist there is no room for qualified whites to fill ANY posts in this country. Their BEE and AA makes the former governments under Verwoerd and Botha look like sunday School kids.

      USSA - 2011-06-08 22:59

      So in a country of over 40 million people (I know the majority is not educated) NO ONE can be found to fill these positions?? There are thousand of qualified people, but many of them are white, so the patients must suffer under Affirmative Action and pure stupidity from the ruling government system. This level of logic defies logic itself.

      Thandi - 2011-06-09 08:15

      The reality - Gauteng crippled by BEE & AA>

  • Enigma - 2011-06-08 16:13

    There are so many qualified people out there buy bcoz of this nepotism they are not employed 2day. I so wish I knew someone in the public sector and also rip the bennefits for doing nothing.

  • biskit - 2011-06-08 16:16

    Even if they do employ more staff...i wonder whether they'd be competant

  • ZACKIE - 2011-06-08 16:26

    more money for bmw's and mercs

  • Barry - 2011-06-08 16:26

    You can see the DA is not running this province

  • Eric West - 2011-06-08 16:28

    The solution is very easy, Collins my boy. Just hand all municipalities over to the DA. They know how to run successful municipalities!

  • MandlaSithole - 2011-06-08 16:34

    How dissapointing these News are about our country. I still say, we need think tanks like Moeletsi to effect change

      POLLENYS - 2011-06-08 17:28

      Moeletsi Mbeki - the clever brother? Yes! And add Jonathan Jansen for national education. And many others, not necessarily black, but competent.

  • bob - 2011-06-08 16:44

    Yes, the youth brain drain is in effect, if you could show young professionals that there is a future in this country well, what do you think would happen? Voted once again for corruption - reap what you sew!

  • sobeit - 2011-06-08 17:02

    If you don't yet know you get what you vote for then you will have to feel the pain.

  • motsokwane - 2011-06-08 17:13

    If the department of health can match the salaries of the Nurses and the Social workers who are working overseas, they will surely return with their enhanced skills to fill up those posts.

  • theprodigy - 2011-06-08 17:41

    They cant find anyone with skills because they dont want to give whites the jobs.

      motsokwane - 2011-06-08 19:05

      you are an empty vessel

  • Happygas - 2011-06-08 17:55

    piss up in a brewery, and there is no money?

  • World Traveler - 2011-06-08 18:32

    Par for the course! The anc golf course is one big hazard!

  • sainsaudi - 2011-06-08 20:53

    Another failed ANC social engineering experiment. There are thousands of qualified South Africans outside the country who can fill these positions, but they aren't allowed to because of the entrenched racism that typifies the present ANC.Affirmative Action and Employment Equity are costing the country dearly.

  • Yankee - 2011-06-08 22:35

    These posts surely must all be handled by females. Their response is that they cannot find suitable candidates. Yet the ANC countrywide want HELEN ZILLE to find suitable females to complement her cabinet. Where must she find them?

  • Douglas - 2011-06-08 23:56

    Talking about par for the course...I look at these vacancies stats, and just quietly giggle. I work for a government department too, in a scarce-skills environment considered a 'strategic priority' to the security of SA's maritime environment. (Won't say any more than that.) We have had to endure a vacancy rate of 60% or more for the past 10 years. Average age of our work force is 56, with an almost non-existent middle management. You think anybody cares? A few years back, a critically vacant post took 17 months to fill, because the only candidate that met the minimum requirements was white. Luckily, in this case sanity prevailed at the end of the day. This is just a fairly typical example, however, of what we are faced with on a regular basis. Our own policies are killing us.

  • dotty_01 - 2011-06-09 07:05

    oh well, black people want the skilled white people to leave, so we oblige them..... they are so short sighted - they rejoice when we leave, but they just dont have the mental capacity to understand the implications. this year alone, 6 skilled families that we know are leaving SA, followed by us at the end of the year. shame, SA will miss us even though they dont know it.....

  • GetReal - 2011-06-09 08:14

    @dotty_01 - you are right and it is a great shame. And as much as history is repeating itself like it has in the rest of Africa, by the time the 'masses' realize that they have been duped by their self enriching fat-cat leaders, it is too late -- the economy is destroyed and it would take a generation or two (even for competent people) to restore it. I am a professional with a PhD working in a strategic industry where SA is significantly affected in the area of my expertise. I also export my skills by consulting to UK, Australia and South America. I am a business owner and employer who contributes to this country in terms of skills, training (I am currently mentoring four recently graduated professionals) and employment. However I have come to the realization that there is not a future for my white childern, born into the new SA, in this country. So, I too am considering taking my family (and skills) to another part of the world where they will grow up having a fair opportunity in a non-dysfunctional state.

      AfriCanadian - 2011-06-10 07:28

      My wife and I are both highly skilled professionals and immigrated to Canada 8 years ago, best decision we ever made. With fair opportunities and hard work we have built a very good life and future for ourselves in a short period of time. My children will now grow up in a fair and equal environment with a future. Very sad to have left 300 years of family history and a beautiful country behind but you are given only one life and have to live and make the best decisions you can with what you have - so more for your kids and their future. Sorry for me to say this, but new way back then that the sands of time will eventually run out for South Africa, which will be very unfortunate but inevitable with the course taken. Now proudly Canadian.

  • Thandi - 2011-06-09 08:14

    The reality - Gauteng crippled by BEE & AA.

  • DW - 2011-06-09 08:14

    There are candidates available for these posts, but they dont meet the BEE specification - so they will rather leave the posts vacant than give the job to a white person

  • guishi - 2011-06-09 11:19

    Quickly getting worse since 1994!

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