THE South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) currently
has more than 19 000 job posts available at the entity.
MPs heard were told on Wednesday, that the agency only has
funding for half of them.
As of August 2017, Sassa had 19 162 approved permanent and
contract posts at the agency, but only 9 091 of them were filled.
"I have to emphasise the 19 000 were never fully
funded," said Sassa executive manager Raphaahle Ramokgopa.
"As I present, it would give an indication that we have
a high vacancy rate, but you have to assess it with the funded posts we
Ramokgopa said that when Sassa was formed, job descriptions
were defined at the time to represent a complete Sassa organogram that handled
all administrative work.
However, many of the functions of Sassa have been outsourced
to external partners for the last decade, including outgoing unlawful grants
distributor Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).
"This structure was done based on that we would do all
of the administrative work," acting Sassa CEO Pearl Bhengu said.
They thus need people to come in to improve expertise in
many of these aspects as they move away from CPS, including finance and
Sassa currently only has funding for 220 more posts, all of
which have been advertised, approximately 80% of which were still at
Bhengu told the committee that they have advertised 10
executive posts currently occupied by acting personnel.
These include the chief operations officer, executive
manager: corporate affairs, and four regional executive manager posts.
She did not say, however, if her acting position had been
advertised as a permanent post.