Home affairs warned about outsourcing

2012-08-14 21:51

Cape town - Members of Parliament have asked home affairs to re-consider plans to outsource its functions.

Parliamentarians from across the political divide were responding to home affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni, who briefed them on Tuesday about a new system for foreigners to apply for temporary and permanent residence permits.

Apleni told MPs the department was looking at employing a courier company to collect permit applications from provincial front offices and take them to a centralised office in Johannesburg to be processed.

"This way we can control things properly. You won't have permits done everywhere," he said.

The move was part of the department's plan to clear backlogs in the issuing of permits.

Apleni told MPs the department had cleared the backlog in the issuing of temporary work permits, which stood at 46 076 in December. The backlog for permanent residence permits stood at 11 239.

"By December we'll clear it," Apleni said.

MPs noted the improvements in clearing backlogs, but warned it was a bad idea to outsource. One MP said it would be difficult to hold people accountable should a private courier company not deliver.

"We've not seen any progress by privatising these kind of functions," Democratic Alliance MP Masizole Mnqasela said.

Home affairs portfolio committee chairperson Maggie Maunye concurred.

"I have serious concern with outsourcing of services," she said.

Apleni said he would take MPs' concerns back to his department for consideration.

  • foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-08-14 22:02

    Flip so now they can't even do their own job...

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-08-15 11:43

      Hmmm....I wonder how this is going to work out? Couldn't possibly end up in fraud and corruption could it? Nah.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-08-15 16:36

      Amanda, I concur, Never ever will it be corrupt, he just wants to speed up the clearing process. Wishful thinking?

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-14 22:18

    Eish! All those cadres and countless relatives about to be unemployed. What an horrible thought. Where on earth will my next drug-dealing, Mafia connection / luxury vehicle / shopping trip / kids UK private education / massive wall around my house come from? Seri-asss. We need to keep South Africans classified dead, married to strangers, without their benefits because we need these things more

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-08-14 22:35

    And the civil servants who are being paid to do these jobs will still be paid, and be given bonusses, even though we now also need to pay a private company, probably owned by those same public servants, to do their job. So, hey presto, we pay double for the same job! What a wonderful system

      sean.carbutt - 2012-08-15 12:02

      Right there is the exact problem. Most of these gov't employees would be fired if they worked anywhere else but the gov't. They do not have appraisals in place, they are not performance monitored, they are not production driven. The only thing they have going for them is the peace of mind knowing that they work for the gov't. I say outsource as much as you can and run it like a professional free enterprise business. Just think, JHB alone would not have a R6b outstanding bill for electricity from those that refuse to pay. The potential cost savings would be massive, the fraud would be minimal, the poor voters might just benefit from an improved infrastructure. Heck we could even save enough to provide free schooling.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-14 22:37

    The reason why South Africans now need visas to visit the UK is because the UK government fears people smugglers and terrorist groups could exploit weaknesses in the South African passport system to get into Britain. They can't even control their own staff, how are they going to control a contracted company's employees? Has the courier company already been awarded the contract? If so, look at the directors. I doubt there would be any big surprises there

  • Robin Dyers - 2012-08-15 00:03

    Eh, Service Level Agreement? Memorandum of Understanding? Whichever way, I hope they keep it transparent and auditable. Don't let all of Dlamini-Zuma's hard work go to waste!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-15 01:29

    Cancel the 46000 temporary work permits and employ South Africans !! Better than the measly 4000 jobs created thus far!!

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-15 01:33

    The point is being missed here. Question, why can't the current system and staff that is/has been in place cope with the work load? Where do all these extra people come from? Why are they here, who opened the door? Surely the answer lays in the question. Every country has limits as to the amount of people that are allowed to emigrate and take up jobs.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-15 07:08

    Guess who probably owns the courier company that will win the tender?

  • john.markham.737 - 2012-08-15 07:27

    "control things properly...? you cant control your bowl movement!

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2012-08-15 07:54

    so we outsource , pay other people to do there jobs , and whats the bet they get increases and bonuses for sitting on there brains

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-15 08:03

    I don't get this, when I applied for my passport there were only 1 person on duty, and about 1000 people waiting for service.. how lazy are these damn people!!

  • Hermann - 2012-08-15 12:09

    Outsourcing? It rings a bell. Oh yes, delivery of school books.

  • fourhundredkg.bobbejaan - 2012-08-15 13:41

    Breaking news! Apleni's wife opens new courier company!

  • Erna - 2012-08-15 14:06

    Watch this space - permits will be dumped like textbooks.

  • ernie.croucher - 2012-08-15 14:35

    They will get a Kader to do the job.

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