North West

NAPTOSA NORTH WEST NF 16/2014 - DPSA STATEMENT: PAYMENT OF 0.2 % SHORTFALL FOR 2013/14 COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT, TEACHING AND PROMOTIONAL POSTS FOR SALE?

On 2 May the DPSA issued a statement indicating that State as Employer was not able to effect the payment of the 0.2% shortfall for the 2013/14 cost-of-living adjustment that was supposed to have been paid to employees on 1 May 2014. This was the back pay for April 2014.

DPSA STATEMENT: PAYMENT OF 0.2 % SHORTFALL FOR 2013/14 COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT

 

On 2 May the DPSA issued a statement indicating that State as Employer was not able to effect the payment of the 0.2% shortfall for the 2013/14 cost-of-living adjustment that was supposed to have been paid to employees on 1 May 2014. This was the back pay for April 2014.

 

According to the DPSA the back-pay will now be effected on the salary run of May 2014 (employees will in May 2014 therefore receive back pay for April 2014 on the 0.2% as well as the announced salary increase of 7.2%).

 

In their statement the DPSA for the first time acknowledges that the 0.2% shortfall for 2013/14 will be added to the announced 7.2% salary adjustment for 2014/15 resulting in a salary adjustment of 7.4% with effect from 1 April 2014.

 

This confirms our understanding of PSCBC Resolution 1/2012 regarding the salary adjustment for 204/15 and our announcement in this regard to members.

 

TEACHING AND PROMOTIONAL POSTS FOR SALE?

 

The City Press of 27 April and 4 May had damning articles about an alleged jobs for cash racket. NAPTOSA condemns this kind of corruption in the strongest terms.

 

NAPTOSA is aware that the North West Department of Education had, in 2013 commissioned a private firm to conduct investigations such alleged corruptions in the Bojanala District and that some officials of a union and of the Department of Education were to be charged for serious misconduct.

 

The disciplinary processes have to date not seen the light of day. NAPTOSA North West welcomes Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga’s intention to appoint a commission of enquiry on the matter. The issue of nepotism and cronyism or jobs for pals has been plaguing the education system for too long. NAPTOSA feels very strong that any person found to be on the wrong side of the law be dismissed.

 

It is the duty of the state and society at large to protect education and to ensure that the quality of education offered to our children is not compromised. We cannot allow a situation where teachers’ appointments are based on how much they can pay and not on how they can teach.

 

NAPTOSA is calling on all teachers who have information that will assist in bringing the perpetrators to book, to make such information available to the relevant authorities or liaise with the provincial office for guidance. If we allow such malpractices to go on unchallenged, we shall be equally guilty of corruption.

 

Members of NAPTOSA are called upon to be patriotic and assist law agencies to uproot any form of corruption.