The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) has failed to fill 257 vacancies while the provincial unemployment rate soars, with many people, particularly the youth, struggling to make ends meet.
This is unacceptable and indicates that this department cares little about reducing unemployment in the province and opts for consultants. The department’s failure to fill vacancies impacts its ability to fulfil its larger mandate in arts, sports, and recreation which have the potential to play a vital role in boosting the economy.
This information was revealed in the department’s annual report for the 2022/23 financial year. According to the annual report, the department only reached 69% of its 129 targets because the high vacancy rate severely affected the implementation of the annual performance plans.
The department has indicated that it is in the process of filling these vacancies; however, there are no timelines.
The DA will be tabling questions to the Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture, and Recreation (SACR), Morakane Mosupyoe, in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) to ascertain whether these posts have been advertised, how many have been filled, and whether these are permanent or contract posts. We also want to know how much the department spent on consultants for the period under review, the nature of the work that the consultants were hired to do, and the current vacancy rate in the department.