Despite President Ian Khama's vow to fill vacancies in government departments when he took over in April 2008, the situation is getting worse, at least according to a presentation in parliament yesterday by Lesego Motsumi, Minister of Presidential affairs and public administration.
Presenting her budget proposal for 2010/11 Motsumi revealed that the number of vacancies in December last year was 3507 compared to 3228 of the manpower establishment in December 2008. This represents a 0.05% increase from the previous year rate.
Khama vowed to crack the whip and ensure that vacancies are filled with the view of providing employment to many unemployed university graduates.
However Minister Motsumi said the problem still prevails despite the Department of Public Service Management's (DPSM) continuous efforts to improve the situation.
She said the DPSM, whose long serving director Pearl Matome was retired last week among others, engaged and consulted with ministries such as, in the management of vacancies, the implementation of Graduate Registration and Employment with particular focus on the C-band, as well as the engagement of external recruitment agencies for positions which cannot easily attract local candidates.
Motsumi also disclosed that the new Public Service Act which was enacted by Parliament on December 11, 2008 has merged all Acts governing employment in the Public Service. "The Act, has established a single Public Service Bargaining Structure i.e., the Public Service Bargaining Council to be operational during the course of the financial year 2010/2011", she announced. She said the establishment of the Public service Bargaining Council requires the restructuring of the Public Service Commission and that work is in progress to this effect.