2027-w932 - 05 May 2027

Fikile Zachariah Majola to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) Have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 5 May 2027

DPSA

  1. The Department of Public Service and Administration (a) does not have a chief executive officer position, (b) the chief financial officer position is filled (c) does not have a chief operating officer position
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC)

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent Constitutional body, and its budget is appropriated via the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

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2022-w3804 - 15 December 2022

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to question 2351 on 26 August 2022, it is the policy of his department to permit public servants to serve as councillors in municipal councils; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the public servants who are currently serving as councillors had to obtain approval from their respective municipal councils to work in the public service; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the total number of public servants who serve as councillors whom obtained such permission?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 15 Dec 2022

1. Policy that permits public service employees to serve as councillors in municipal councils

a) Participation of public service employees as candidates for elections and becoming members of municipal councils is regulated by section 36 of the Public Service Act, 1994 (PSA) and regulation 15 of the Public Service Regulations, 2016 (PSR).

b) Section 36(1) of the PSA provides that an employee can stand ...

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2022-w4710 - 15 December 2022

Elphas Mfakazeleni Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether, with reference to complaints by many members of the public about the poor care and demeaning attitudes of Public Service officials towards persons with disabilities, his department has any collaborative programmes in place with BlindSA to provide sensitivity training to Public Service staff at government service offices in order to address issues of stigmatisation and ensure that all South Africans receive equal and adequate assistance from government officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 15 Dec 2022

The unprofessional behaviour and conduct of Public Service officials towards persons with disabilities is unacceptable and must not be tolerated. The Bill of Rights protect our vulnerable citizens and public service officials are required to act in ways that uphold the dignity and humanity of all our citizens.

The Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) 2022, was launched by the Department of Women, Youth and ...

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2022-w4393 - 15 December 2022

Leon Amos Schreiber to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What is the (a) total number of staff employed and/or provided as departmental support in (i) his and (ii) the Deputy Minister’s private offices and (b)(i) job title and (ii) annual remuneration package of each specified person?NW552

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 15 Dec 2022

In June 2022 Cabinet approved the appointment of staff to support the Acting Minister linked to the acting term.

The 2 November 2022 amended Ministerial Handbook provides for the appointment of 14 staff in the Office of the Minister, which includes 5 support staff to be appointed by the department and 10 staff in the Office of the Deputy Minister, which includes 3 support ...

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2022-w2988 - 13 December 2022

Leon Amos Schreiber to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

Whether he and/or his department submitted a policy review document and/or any other government policy document to structures outside of the Government, either to private and/or external structures or structures of any political affiliation during the past five years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) will he furnish Dr L A Schreiber with copies of all such documents and (b) what are the reasons that the Government documents were provided to each structure?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 13 Dec 2022

There were no documents submitted to or shared with any structure outside of government unless the document is published for public consumption or public consultation in line with prescripts.

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2022-w3750 - 06 December 2022

Rosina Ntshetsana Komane to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What are the reasons that the toll-free number for reporting corruption to his department has gone unanswered for the past three months?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 6 Dec 2022

The toll-free number for reporting corruption in Government as per Cabinet decision is 0800 701 701 and it operates from 08h00-04h30, five (5) days per week. According to the records, the toll-free number (0800 701 701) was in full service for the last three months. At least 324 complaints were registered in the past three months of the second quarter of 2022/23 financial year as indicated ...

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2022-w4296 - 06 December 2022

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1) With reference to his reply to question 3409 on 31 October 2022, in relation to the total number of public servants who are currently on suspension in the Public Service, (a) how long have each of the 305 public servants been on suspension, (b) what are the reasons for their suspension, (c) what positions do each of the public servants occupy in their respective departments and (d) has disciplinary action been initiated against them; (2) (a) what (i) total number of vacancies are currently in the Public Service and (ii) is the breakdown of the specified figure for each national and provincial department and (b) how long have the specified positions been vacant; (3) what total number of public servants to date have faced disciplinary action for unlawfully benefiting from the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant of R350 and/or any other grant administered by the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA); (4) what total number of public servants to date have been placed on suspension after unlawfully benefiting from the SRD grant of R350 and/or any other grant administered by SASSA? NW5229E

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 6 Dec 2022

(1) Information pertaining to the 305 public servants who are currently on suspension in the Public Service:
Find here: (i) National Departments:

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2022-w4147 - 06 December 2022

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

What interventions has his department taken to (a) close existing gaps in the Public Service recruitment system and (b) prohibit government departments from appointing persons at a senior management level without the requisite qualifications, experience and competence?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 6 Dec 2022

a) The Department of Public Service and Administration is currently consulting on the amendments to the Public Service Act, 1994 and the Public Service Regulations, 2016 to augment all challenges identified in different policy areas, not only limited to recruitment. Lessons learnt have been documented and will be applied in how the amendments are operationalised. Additionally, the DPSA continues to hold advocacy with departments ...

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2022-w3548 - 06 December 2022

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)With reference to the reply to question 1945 on 20 May 2022, (a) on what date were the Cuban doctors and engineers employed in the Republic and (b) where are the Cuban doctors and engineers employed and/or assigned to in the Republic; (2) (a) what type of employment contracts did the Cuban doctors and engineers conclude, (b) with which government departments have the Cuban doctors and engineers concluded employment contracts and (c) on what date do the employment contracts come to an end; (3) what (a) are the terms and conditions of the employment of the Cuban doctors and engineers and (b) benefits are they entitled to in terms of their employment in the Republic?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 6 Dec 2022

Recruitment and appointments of public servants is a decentralised function in the public service. The appointments of these categories including employment contracts, terms and conditions of the employment which are processed by the immediate/relevant department as an employer. Therefore, the National Departments of Health and Public Works and Infrastructure are better suited to respond to the appointments.

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2022-w3856 - 06 December 2022

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)With reference to his reply to question 2349 on 25 August 2022 that as at 1 May 2022 a total of 2 349 senior managers within the Public Service do not have the qualifications for the positions that they currently occupy, what has he found are the reasons that the number of senior managers without qualifications is so high especially in critical national departments such as (a) Justice and (b) Police; (2) whether, the fact that senior managers are not adequately qualified, he has found that it has an impact on the public administration, more especially on its ability to deliver quality services to the citizens of the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether his department will request the Public Service Commission to investigate the issue; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 6 Dec 2022

1. As of the end of September 2022, the number of SMS members whose requisite qualifications are not reflected in the PERSAL has gone down to 2188 from 2349 in May 2022. This is due to the fact that most departments are now updating this data onto the PERSAL since the Director-General issued a Circular HRD0301 in this regard. The fact that it is ...

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