Professional teams to help Free State

2012-03-29 22:43

Bloemfontein - The Free State is looking at setting up multi-disciplinary support teams to help struggling towns deliver quality services, Premier Ace Magashule said on Thursday.

The teams would comprise professionals from all sectors relevant to the local government sector, Magashule told the provincial legislature, sitting in a tent in the village of Ga-Motlatla, near Thaba Nchu.

These would include engineers, finance, accounting, audit, and human resources professionals.

"The enthusiasm of former town clerks, our retired auditor general, academics and other individuals in the private sector to contribute to this initiative has been inspiring," said Magashule.

He urged retired professionals who wanted to help to contact the provincial government.

Team of experts

The project, a joint effort between Magashule’s office and the provincial department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, would not deploy individuals to help municipalities.

"We want to send a team of experts."

Presenting his office’s budget, Magashule said a provincial database of unemployed graduates had been established.

The province was actively seeking work in the private and public sector for these youths.

State power utility Eskom in the Free State had already taken on 150 of the previously unemployed graduates for placements.

Magashule said many of the unemployed graduates had taken jobs at municipalities.

Friends of the Poor Fund

He announced that the controversial non-governmental organisation, the Hlasela Fund, would change its name to Friends of the Poor Fund.

Some had felt that the name too closely resembled that of the Free State government’s development slogan, Operation Hlasela. The fund was launched in 2009 as a private initiative to tackle social problems in communities.

The premier, Free State mayors, senior officials and the private sector could donate money to the fund for the construction of houses, for bursaries and to address other local social shortcomings.

Magashule said the process of renaming the province's official residence, known as Free State House, would also start soon.

Driving force

ANC member Neels van Rooyen commended Magashule for being the driving force behind the Free State government’s bursary fund, which stands at about 6 000 study bursaries.

"There is not a single town or village in the Free State who does not have a government bursary holder to study," said Van Rooyen.

Free State Democratic Alliance leader Roy Jankielsohn said his party was concerned because the premier’s budget had grown percentage-wise even more than that of a crucial department such as roads.

"We know that his office has become a safe employment haven for many cadres and ex-politicians," said Jankielsohn.

Referring to the 6 000 bursaries, Jankielsohn said this would assist unemployment but the process had to be transparent and free of political agendas.

  • Rodney - 2012-03-29 23:02

    surely replacing the incompetent morons now in "charge" would be simpler and cheaper?

      Mark - 2012-03-29 23:29

      Quite an admission, I would say.

      john.h.viljoen - 2012-03-30 06:56

      took the words out of my mouth.

      Koos - 2012-03-30 09:07

      Working in local governments spheres I can quite confident say: “BBBBBBBBbbbbbbbbbwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaa hahahahahaha!”

      Templeton - 2012-03-30 10:24

      No Rodney, he is sending his own team of morons and criminals to steal more money from those poor municipalities.

  • Chris - 2012-03-29 23:20

    Interesting comment from someone sitting in a tent. Now suddenly a request for retired professionals to champion a cause? Laughable!

  • Bob - 2012-03-29 23:28

    That's clever...Employ more incompetents to look after the incompetents and throw more good money after bad...!

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-03-30 03:23

    If the World Economic Forum turned their gaze from the private sector to the public sector they might downgrade our no. 1 ranks for both auditing and financial reporting. You should see the low requirements for the senior financial positions being advertised at provincial government level, and the accompanying CA equivalent salaries (or more) that those positions pay.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-03-30 03:36

    Take a peak at how many engineers are looking for work on the job sites. There are plenty and their salary expectations are certainly not an indication that the government is looking for these diamonds. Post an ad for a civil engineer (of any colour, race, creed, culture, sex, whatever) and you will be shocked at the response. Government is somehow failing to get the right people to do the work of infrastructure development and service delivery.

      infijar.ken - 2012-03-30 10:56

      I can't believe the salaries of Police Generals, etc, in the country. They earn higher salaries than their equivalent in the UK. It would not surprise me if this this kind of discrepancy was seen across the board of Public Sector salaries. High salaries are OK if the average salary in a country is relatively high, but with so many people living below the line of poverty here, this is incomprehensible. Especially considering the level of education and competence required to hold a post in the Public Sector.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-03-30 05:39

    Thats how we do things in SA you get the job , the car , the house and the salary and then you cant do the job , no problem we just hire someone else to advise you and pay them as well , kill 2 birds with 1 stone we are creating employment as well brilliant , we are light years ahead of the rest of the world .

  • anthro45 - 2012-03-30 06:53

    Once upon a time there were quality services all over South Africa.

  • Mattheus - 2012-03-30 07:03

    Put a couple of Vrystaat Boere Tannies in there to kick ass and see how soon the problem can be solved lol

  • Hendrik - 2012-03-30 07:07

    same gravy, longer train ...

  • Herman - 2012-03-30 07:38

    Typical incompetent anc crap, got rid of the guys who did the work right, broke everything which was working fine and, now years later need the same guys they threw away to fix their crap. The whole anc is just plain worhless!

  • chiepner - 2012-03-30 07:39

    So let me get this right - theyr'e basicly going to appoint "consultants" to help the incompetent staff do their jobs that they will still get paid for and then add on to that the consultation fee's we would again be told there is no money for proper service delivery, but millions can be spend for improper greedy officials and some crony who again will obviously get some thing under the table for appointing an "independant team of advisors". You know what the definition of stupidity is? Keep on doing the exact same thing and expecting a diffrent outcome.

  • Jamie - 2012-03-30 07:44

    I see some progress here. At least they can now see that they can't do it right. Their solution to the problem still lacks in practicality, but at least something has changed. It's just a pity that they first just had to prove things to themselves, couldn't take anyone else's word for it.

  • Djim - 2012-03-30 08:07

    So if I don't pass my degree exam I get somebody else to write it, and still continue work as an incompetent comrade? Just more of our money wanted.

  • pws69 - 2012-03-30 08:14

    Lovely, so now TAXPAYER pay two salaries instead of one. One salary to the incompetent ANC sitting on his backside reviewing tenders he can steal, and one to the person actually doing the work.

  • John - 2012-03-30 08:17

    Well just check those degrees, had one the other day wanting to work in a bank foriegn exchange that had a degree. She couldn't understand when told sorry no she was not qualified, to quote she said but I have a degree. The degree was an E Grade, in my day that was a fail. So these so called undergrads are going to be just as bad as those in place, if not worst?

  • Loo - 2012-03-30 11:02

    Oh dear ,,,here we go. Why not call the "experts" sent a fact finding team. I mean let it at least be politically correct. ... even maybe a bosberaad ... oh wait.. why not call it a grassroot level, bosberaad based, fact finding, outcome based commission of enquiry which includes breakfast , lunch, dinner , local "talent" and accommodation. There we go .. i think i have this down now

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