Status of Vacancies within the Department of Foreign Affairs
FOR ORAL REPLY
QUESTION NO: 7 (WRITTEN QUESTION 1240)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 24 OF 15 AUGUST 2005
CW LOWE (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
1. Whether any posts
within her Department, which were vacant as at 1 January 2004, remained vacant
because of lack of suitably qualified or skilled applicants; if so, (a) how many
posts, (b)what specified qualifications or skills are required to fill the posts
and (c) for what period has each post been vacant;
2. Whether any special
steps have been taken to recruit suitably qualified or skilled applicants; if
not, why not; if so, (a) what specified steps and (b) with what results;
Whether the length of time for which each post has been vacant has had any negative
effect on service delivery by her Department; if not, what factors were taken
into consideration in reaching this conclusion; if so, what negative effects have
(1) There were no posts that remained
vacant as at 01 January 2004 because of lack of suitably qualified or skilled
(a) Not applicable
(b) Not applicable
(c) Not applicable
The Department has taken special steps to recruit suitably qualified and skilled
(a) Specific steps taken
The Department officials have
made presentations to institutions of higher learning on the work of the Department
and encouraged learners to apply for positions.
The Department also liaises
with organisations that represent the interests of designated groups, specifically
women and people with disabilities.
The special steps
have yielded positive results in that the quality of the new people has been excellent
and more women were appointed.
With regard to people with disabilities,
the Department was able to employ two individuals in that recruitment cycle.
(a) Length of time of vacancies on service delivery
The Department has not
measured the impact of vacant posts on its work. It is willing to accept that
such vacancies may have had a negative impact on its functioning.
The Department has not been in a position to achieve some of
its objectives. Employees in some of the areas have had to deal with increased