The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) is looking for a new director general.
Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told last week’s first ever South African military veterans indaba Tsepe Motumi’s contract had expired and she had discussed his re-deployment with him.
“Given his previous experience as a former secretary of defence and chief of defence international affairs, the director general will now join the Ministry as a special advisor within my office,” she told the Boksburg gathering.
Motumi was placed on special leave last year, along with one of the department’s deputy directors general, while a forensic investigation into alleged irregularities was conducted. He was cleared and took up office again.
On Motumi’s replacement she said the recruiting process was underway. “We hope that, considering the process of securing Cabinet approval, we will have appointed a new director general by the end of September.”
Mapisa-Nqakula said she would prefer to appoint a person with a background either relative to or involved with military veterans.
“This will not be the only consideration as we want to find a suitable candidate who meets a mix of a balance of competencies for a manager and a competent accounting officer for the DMV.”
She also told the closing session of the indaba a number of initiatives would be implemented at the DMV making for improved performance and delivery to improve the lot of military veterans, many of whom are battling to survive.
One of these was a turnaround programme the first part of which would see a turnaround team up and operational at the DMV as from the beginning of August.
“The turnaround team will investigate the scope of and address current weaknesses of the department in its vision and design, delivery model, systems and operational procedure and propose those areas that need to be addressed as quick-win interventions within the next three to six months.
“The turnaround team will be in place for 12 to 18 months and during the first six months they will report on a bi-weekly basis to a programme steering committee chaired by myself personally.
“We have also committed to bring in additional managers from both the public and private sector on a short term basis to anchor current management and provide scaffolding support and skills and knowledge transfer,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.
Competency assessment will also be done on current management to identify what the Minister called development gaps and to “ensure all skills and competencies are utilised in appropriate positions”.
She added there will be “no guarantee” of management positions during the restructuring.
“All managers will conclude the necessary performance agreements in line with the new implementation plan emerging from the strategic retreat and the turnarounds programme as informed by this indaba.”