The South African Social Security Agency has more than 19 000 permanent and contractual posts available. The agency has been able to fill up only 9 091 posts due to lack of funding. The posts have been deemed valid and will assist the running of the agency as well as create job opportunities. This has resulted in a 52.6% vacancy rate that cannot be filled up due to lack of funds. The South African Social Security Agency executive manager Raphaahle Ramokgopa says the agency had planned out their budget consistently but due to outgoing unlawful grants distributor Cash Paymaster Services the agency has lost a lot of money but still has vacant vacancies to be filled up. The agency currently only has funding for 220 more posts which have been advertises and approximately 80% of them have shortlisted candidates.
The agency has also advertised an additional 10 executive posts that are currently occupied by acting personnel. These include executive manager, corporate affairs and four regional executive manager posts. It is still unclear if the advertised executive posts are contract or permanent.
It may seems like another ‘work stream’ to focus on human resources with a Paymaster General may have to be put in place to monitor the monies.