The Chairperson of the Committee of Labour, Ms Lumka Yengeni, has called on the Acting Director-General (DG) of the Department of Labour, Mr Sam Morotoba, to consider the issue of staff who do not reach their performance targets.
“The DG should take a closer look at the personnel deployed to senior positions within the Department who do not deliver. Something should be done about this, otherwise the Department will be forever confronted with the same challenges,” Ms Yengeni said.
Ms Yengeni made these comments during an annual performance plan workshop to inform new Committee Members about Department of Labour programmes before the budget votes scheduled for next week. Her comments were in response to revelations by Department officials that some senior officials tasked with investigations, especially in provinces, delegated their responsibilities to junior staff. The Department said staff capacity and skills in provinces was a challenge.
Committee Members also voiced their displeasure on a number of other issues, including non-compliance by employers, the small number of labour inspectors, the budget and the Department’s ability to address challenges, the job vacancy rate and the skills level among officials and entities.
Committee Member Ms Thozi Mantashe said non-performance by officials was unacceptable, especially because the President had spoken about this matter. She asked the Department what it was doing about those officials who failed to perform their duties and also if it was getting value for the money it spent. She said action should be taken in situations where the country had been short-changed by officials on delivery.
Other Committee Members emphasised that training should be provided to those employees whose qualifications did not match the skills sets required by the Department. They told the Department that it should lead by example with regard to vacancies, employment creation and re-skilling of employees, as it was the main department administering these functions on behalf of government. Members said the Department should strive for a four per cent vacancy rate.
Ms Yengeni had earlier requested that the Department and entities be “honest and not defensive” about the challenges they faced during the workshop.
Source : Parliament of South Africa