Move to repeal acting allowances
MBABANE – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has come up with a policy by which acting allowances for vacant government posts are frozen.
The rationale behind this is understood to be a way in which government ministries are encouraged to appoint people into these positions instead of engaging them on an acting basis.
According to the Ministry of Public Service performance report for the first quarter of 2012/2013, there were 131 acting appointments recorded in this period. The quarter started from April to June 2012.
"This shows a decrease by 78 from 209 acting appointments approved at the same period in the previous financial year. This, therefore, indicates a 37 per cent decline in approval of acting appointments," explained the report.
This is mainly attributed to the enforcement of Civil Service Circular No. 2 of 2011 which suspended approval of acting appointments for vacant posts.
Vacant government posts are normally advertised through newspapers and candidates interviewed by the Commission jointly with client ministries and departments. Some posts are advertised internally.
However, with the issuance of Circular No. 9 of 2010, the recruitment of new staff or promotion has since been halted. The filling of vacant posts in the civil service was suspended unless approval had been sought from Cabinet.
Be that as it may, the Commission filled up 105 vacant posts in the first quarter of this year. The Ministry of Health, which has remained one of the priority government departments, had the highest number of appointments at 44 per cent.
The Royal Swaziland Police has also been very busy with appointments, which accounted for 38 per cent in the civil service in the quarter under review.
The Commission also confirmed 116 officers into permanent and pensionable establishment.
Meanwhile, 32 disciplinary cases were reported to the Commission in this quarter, and two of these were terminations of appointments. Three were approval of salary stop payment and two were reinstatements.