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