Vacant govt posts nearly filled

2011-10-11 21:38

Pretoria - All three tiers of government are close to filling their vacant positions with only about 15,000 posts still open at national and provincial level, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said on Tuesday.

At the end of March, there were 8 600 unfilled posts at national level out of a total of 300 182 that had been budgeted for.

The figures at provincial level were 7 000 unfilled posts out of a total of 862 750 funded posts.

"There are some remaining vacancies in some departments, particularly for highly skilled positions such as engineers, where it has been found to be difficult to find candidates," Chabane said in a statement after a meeting of the President's Co-ordinating Council in Pretoria.

"The concerned departments are currently engaged in recruitment processes to fill these positions."

Figures for local government were not provided, but Chabane said: "Local government has filled most of their funded vacant posts over the past year."

According to the National Treasury's report "Local Government Budgets and Expenditure Review: 2006/07 - 2012/13" released last month, metros were operating with a vacancy rate of 24.2% in 2009, while for local and district municipalities the vacancy rate averaged 36%.

Within these figures for 2009 were extreme variances, with the Tshwane metro having 51.1% of its posts vacant, and Cape Town reporting a vacancy rate of 9.3%.

Comment could not be immediately obtained from the SA Local Government Association.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-11 21:42

    create-a-job-for-a-comrade program

  • BrokenLink - 2011-10-11 22:01

    so you have also found out that you are unable to create an environment were business can grow and expand, thus creating sustainable jobs. Now you are looking at a quick way to create some work so that you can stick 'job growth' on election posters? Placing more pressure on the few million tax payers, already half packed to go work overseas and take more productivity with them.

  • Ohmikehunt - 2011-10-11 22:30

    Irrespective of what anyone might think, the vacant posts must be filled. With rampant unemployment one wonders why so many posts are still not filled?

  • Mandla - 2011-10-11 22:48

    But people are still not working in our townships.i have never seen or head anyone saying he/she has been employed by the national,provincial and local in my community.Who have you employed.

      Circuswatch - 2011-10-11 23:51

      Hi Mandla. See if you qualify on maximum score of 100. 1. Race: Max 30 Black: 30 Any other race: 2 2. ANC card: Max 20 Yes: 20 No: 2 3. Family in government/ANC: Max 10 Yes: 10 No: 0 4. Education: Max 10 Grade4: 10 Grade8: 5 Grade12: 0 5. Prison record: Max 10 Fraud/Corruption: 10 Murder: 5 Child rape: 2 None: 0 6. Sport: Max 10 Soccer: 10 Other: 2 7. Vote: Max 10 ANC: 10 Other: 0 The minimum points a candidate must achieve for consideration is 80. If you wear glasses you get a further 10 points. If you are willing to give half your salary to your supervisor for the first year, you get an additional 30 points. Sexual favours earn you pro-rata points on the first interview. Apply now!! The ANC needs you!!

      Mandla - 2011-10-12 01:38

      Circuswatch-an interesting comment my friend,i will consider applying for a job with governmant or municipality and see if i can win as i do not have any friend or relative in power.

  • PinkandProud - 2011-10-12 00:05

    It's all very well and good to say most of the posts have been filled, but just how competent are the new employees and are they qualified for the jobs?

  • Alpahbrutus - 2011-10-12 04:56

    More thieves for the honey pot!

  • - 2011-10-12 08:36

    I am suprised that all posts have not been filled or maybe the gravy train now becoming too full of bloated bodies.

  • WCD - 2011-10-12 10:10

    What a joke, they will get no more tax money from me

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