New pre-entry certificate to be a requirement for appointment to top government posts

The Sunday Independent reports that the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has announced a mandatory requirement in the form of a pre-entry certificate for senior managers to be appointed to top positions in government.  The new measures will come into effect in April following the announcement to provincial departments.  In a circular to heads, the department said that it and the National School of Government had completed the course for entry into senior management.  “The intention of the pre-entry certificate is to ensure that potential applicants for posts in the senior management service have an understanding of the public service landscape with due regard to the competencies required for a senior post,” the circular indicated.  

It said persons could only be appointed once they had completed the course and were in possession of the certificate. “Departments must also bear in mind time frames in which posts must be filled once becoming vacant,” the circular noted.  The demand for pre-entry requirements for top posts in government comes after the passing and signing into law of the National Qualifications Framework Act designed to clamp down on people lying about their qualifications.  In the past, several senior public figures have lied about their degrees.  The new law provides that those with fake qualifications will be named and shamed and it also encompasses tough penalties.

by Siyabonga Mkhwanazi 
Ref: SA Labour News


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