DG terms extended to five years from three


Cabinet has extended the term of office for Directors-General from three to up to five years. The decision applies to Directors-General who will assume duty from April 1. The existing contracts continue and will only be reviewed and renegotiated when they come to an end, the national executive said in a media statement after its meeting on Wednesday.

“The decision follows a 2008 study conducted by the Public Service Commission entitled ‘The turnover-rate of Heads of Department and its implications for the public service’,” Cabinet said. “The study found, inter alia, that the high turnover rate had a negative effect on productivity, service delivery and a loss of organisational knowledge. The five-year contracts will be renewable based on performance.
“The Minister for Public Service Administration will also review the existing professional programmes to improve performance in the public service. The existing provisions regarding the management of exit of heads of departments were noted.”

Pic: The Union Buildings, Pretoria