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pscBusinessLive reports that according to the Public Service Commission (PSC), performance management within government was not working and managers were too scared of trade unions to manage.  

The PSC is an independent body with the constitutional responsibility for oversight of the public service.  Reporting to MPs on Wednesday, deputy director-general Irene Mathenjwa said that while the labour rights of public servants had to be respected at all times, managers were not managing.  “It’s a very sensitive issue.  Public servants have rights and those must be respected, but we need to have space for managing because we are at work.  The problem is where managers are not able to manage because they are not able to deal with labour,” she stated.  Performance management was undermined by weak management, and by employee expectations that they should be given a good score just for coming to work, she said.  “Managers are not managing.  They will tell you a person is not performing and then later put them forward for a bonus.  The performance management system isn’t working.  So we welcome the announcement by the finance minister that no bonuses will be paid this year,” Mathenjwa observed.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carol Paton at BusinessLive

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