The Department of Correctional Services has lifted a two year moratorium on the filling of vacancies by advertising 380 posts.
Correctional Services national commissioner Tom Moyane says about R70million was freed by the natural attrition of staff in the department for the filling of supervisory, middle management and professional posts.
The state BuaNews Agency quotes him saying that the department loses an average of 1200 staff a year due to deaths or dismissals. In total Correctional Services has an approved establishment of 41 500 posts. Currently it has a staff complement of 40 676, showing a 2% vacancy rate.
“The post advertisements carried in this weekend’s newspapers are just a beginning of a sustained effort to ensure that Correctional Services has appropriate human resources to deliver on its services delivery targets,” Moyane said.
Among the staff being sought are medical doctors, psychologists, nurses and heads of correctional centres.
Moyane has given a directive to his management to start and complete the recruitment process within a period of two months as opposed to the department’s normal average of three to six months of recruitment processes.
Among a few topics discussed at a meeting held last week attended by both the Minister of Correctional Services Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Moyane were the urgency of filling these vacancies and how aspects of the recruitment will be decentralised to the regions.
Due to the Occupation Specific Dispensation related budget pressures the department over spent its Budget in the 2008/9 financial year by nearly R500million.