By Hanno Labuschagne for MyBroadband
Around 35% of senior managers in government do not have the necessary qualifications or credentials for their position.
This was revealed by the Minister of Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu in a written response to a parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance.
Senior managers in South African government require at least an NQF Level 7 qualification, which is equal to a Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma.
According to information captured in government’s Personal and Salary System (PERSAL) as of 15 February 2021, however, there were no records of such qualifications for 3 301 of the 9 477 senior managers in the public service.
- 5 447 of government’s senior managers operated at national level
- 1 987 did not have a record of a suitable qualification
- The largest number of those were in the police department, which accounted for 228 unqualified senior managers
- The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development follows with 227
- The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has 189
- 1 314 out of 4 028 senior managers at provincial government departments did not have the required qualifications
- Gauteng accounted for the highest number among the provinces, with 381 senior managers lacking the necessary qualifications for their jobs – the largest number of these were in the Health department
- KwaZulu-Natal has 246 unqualified senior managers
- The Eastern Cape has 185 unqualified senior managers
By Tom Head for The South African
The National Qualifications Amendment Bill is not here to play, ladies and gentlemen. The adjustment to the existing legislation comes with some pretty stern updates, which aims to clamp-down on dishonesty from applicants who embellish the truth on a CV.
The South African Qualifications Association (SAQA) will be charged with monitoring the registered qualifications of each citizen in South Africa. That’s quite the task for such a modest regulatory body, but the ANC has voted the move through in Parliament.
What is the National Qualifications Amendment Bill?
Cyril Ramaphosa now has the final say on what happens next – it’ll be his decision on whether the government should plough ahead with the proposals should they remain in power after Wednesday 8 May.
The bill isn’t likely to impact working-to-middle class workers too much, but it will serve as a deterrent to citizens applying for high-profile jobs. Executives, CEOs and even our politicians will be subject to rigorous background checks. If they are found to be lying about their educational history, stiff penalties await:
“Any person convicted of an offence in terms of this act is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a term of no longer than five years, or to both a fine and such imprisonment.”
“Any person, educational institution, board member or director may be ordered to close its business and be declared unfit to register a new business for a period not exceeding 10 years.”
Lying on your CV could soon be a serious legal issue
The punishment is not retroactive – so if your name is Jacob Zuma or Hlaudi Motsoeneng, you can breathe a sigh of relief. But if Ramaphosa decides to give this the green light, you may well have told your last porkie on a resume.
As IOL report, 97 national qualifications and 95 foreign qualifications were misrepresented between last October and November. That increased the total number of fraudulent applications up to 1 564 over the past 10 years.
The bill also aims to publish a “name and shame” list for those who try and push their luck just a little too far. So, if your CV is looking a little bare at the moment, try and think outside of the box – and not outside of reality.
South Africans are obtaining qualifications at a faster rate than the country’s economy is growing, according to South African Qualifications Authority data.
The proportion of South Africans getting qualifications has risen consistently by 4% year on year, but growth stagnated to 0.3% in 2016.
This means that there is a surplus of qualified people who cannot be absorbed into the mainstream economy.
The qualifications authority is able to assess trends and report on significant aspects of the education and training system by using the National Learners Records Database, an electronic record-keeping system.
The qualifications authority’s data analysis shows that higher education qualifications almost tripled between 1995 and 2014 from 70,020 to 202,653. The most popular fields of study were business, commerce and management studies, which constituted 29% of qualifications obtained in that period.
Education, training and development, and health sciences and social services qualifications were also popular. Women also showed improvements in the number of qualifications they achieved.
Nursing qualifications saw the biggest increase at 252%, having gone from 6,834 in 1995 to 24,028 in 2013. The South African Nursing Council estimated that, out of a population of more than 54-million people, SA had nursing manpower of 278,617 registered nurses.
Qualifications authority CEO Joe Samuels said: “It [data] shows us clearly what the areas of successful implementation are, but also points to areas that need our collective attention.”
By Michelle Gumede for www.businesslive.co.za