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Major shake-up looms for Sheltered Employment Factories

by lloyd last modified 2008-05-15 10:26

The Department of Labour has launched an investigation into the Sheltered Employment Factories structure (SEF), with a view to introduce a new framework under which the factories will be managed.

01 February 2007

The Department of Labour has launched an investigation into the Sheltered Employment Factories structure (SEF), with a view to introduce a new framework under which the factories will be managed.   

 

The SEF structure mainly employs White people with disabilities.  It emerged as a measure to cater for people who fought in the 2nd World War.

 

Director-General, Dr Vanguard Mkosana, told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour in Cape Town on Wednesday (Jan 31), that the Department embarked on this process to also determine the legal persona and the appropriate structure of the SEF. 

 

“Some of the issues raised on the SEF by the Auditor-General have been resolved while others are in the process of being addressed,”   Dr Mkosana said.

 

The Sheltered Employment Factories are urban based.   This is a major concern for the Portfolio Committee on Labour.  The Committee said these facilities should be equally accessible for both the rural and urban communities.

 

In response to the Auditor-General’s findings on the lack of staff with adequate financial and management accounting at the SEF, Dr Mkosana told the Portfolio Committee that a project dedicated to addressing this issue has been initiated. 

 

“Although a formal skills audit has not yet been conducted – however, job profiles have been completed for finance staff and training is currently underway.” he said.

 

The recruitment of the Chief Financial Officer was in progress and the appointment is expected soon.

 

The shake-up of the SEF will also entail recruitment of staff in accordance with affirmative action.

 

“Where gaps are noted, skilled staff will be appointed in line with the Employment Equity Plan,”  he said.

 

On the Auditor-General’s recommendations with regard to the Compensation Fund, Dr Mkosana said, critical management positions have been identified to strengthen the top structure at the Fund.     A total of 32 additional staff members have been appointed to alleviate capacity constraints. A Commissioner, Shadrack Mkhonto, has also been appointed.   Comissioner Mkhonto championed the turn-around strategy of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.  

 

The Auditor-General also questioned the policy and framework regarding the National Skills Fund, (NSF).  Dr Mkosana told the committee that the Department has decided to list the NSF as an entity.  The process includes among others, appropriate legislation and the development of an institutional framework. 

 

 “Here we are only focusing on the negative issues that were raised by the Auditor-General – but there is so much positive to share.” 



 

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