Should SETAs change the verification of certificates requirement?

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    • #72751
      sylvia hammond

      What is your opinion?

      Please see below a copy of the newsletter item distributed by the Presidency. It advises that for public service recruitment it has been decided that asking for verification of certificates to be under 3 months is excessively onerous.

      The proposal is for a 6 month period (unless the certificate expires in that time).

      Should the SETAs now follow suit? This is an extremely onerous time-consuming exercise, which in many cases means that the same employees being trained year upon year, constantly require to re-certify their certificates. This really is not a productive use of time.

      “19 November 2019 – 1:45pm

      Government has reduced the financial burden on public service job applicants in relation to the certification of documents that accompany applications for employment.

      Effective immediately, all national departments, provincial departments and government components are to stop the practice of requiring certified copies of documents not older than three months to accompany applications for employment.

      Rather, departments are advised to at least accept certified copies of documents submitted with an application for employment that are up to six (6) months old, in those cases where the document certified does not have an expiry date that falls within the six-month period.

      This decision follows complaints raised with President Cyril Ramaphosa on social media and through other channels about the onerous requirements for compliance with public sector job applications.

      It has come to the attention of the President and the Minister for the Public Service and Administration that departments have adopted a practice of requiring certified copies of documents not older than three months to accompany applications for employment

      The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has since issued a circular – Human Resource Planning and Employment Practices: Circular No 35 of 2019, which makes it clear that the prescribed application for employment form (Z-83) and the Public Service Regulations do not prescribe a three month timeframe for certification of documents that accompany applications.

      Government has recognised that the practice to date impacts negatively on job seekers in the current economic climate in South Africa, and that there is a need to reduce the burden on job seekers to submit – with each separate job application – certified copies of supporting documents (such as academic qualifications, which are not older than three months).

      This change will also reduce the workload that the certification of documents creates for South African Police Service personnel who will now be able to devote more time to their core function of ensuring that South Africans are and feel safe.

      This change does not, however, replace the personnel suitability checks set out in the Public Service Regulations of 2016, which stipulate that an Executive Authority must subject an employee or candidate for employment to personnel suitability checks as directed by the Minister for the Public Service and Administration.

      The regulations state that the Executive Authority shall satisfy himself/herself that the candidate qualifies in all respects for the post and that his/her claims in his/her application have been verified.

      This requirement is in line with good practice to ensure that good quality candidates are recruited and appointed and also serves as a deterrent to applicants from submitting false or incorrect information when applying for posts.

      Departments and Executive Authorities must therefore, in line with Public Service Regulation 67(9) (a) and (b) satisfy themselves that candidates qualify in all respects for appointment and that claims in their applications are verified in writing.

      As part of addressing the urgent need to expand employment, government encourages the private sector to similarly assess processes and procedures that may, to varying degrees, impact negatively on getting South Africans into employment as expeditiously as possible.

      As with the public service, government recognises that this consideration must be balanced with the need for suitability and integrity checks.

      Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707
      Issued by: The Presidency

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      Lynel Farrell

      I hope that all the SETAs will follow suit. Many providers are taking learners through a Learnership (now, I think about the unemployed learners) – who need to get their ID’s re-certified more than once, because there are delays in the Learnership administration. I would have loved to see that a certified document is valid for at least 12 months.

      What is important? Taking into consideration, that the learner needs to now, pay for more copies of their IDs, pay for transport to the police station to certify their ID, transport back again, and in 3 months time (due to the delay in administration – either from the provider or the SETA) the learner is forced to do the same again, because the certified copy of his/her ID is no more valid (older than 3 months). A Learnership can take anything from 12 – 20 months. Not once have the learner’s situation been taking into consideration, although I understand that this is done to reduce fraud and ghost learners.

      Then, I think about – once a copy of a certificate is certified – surely it should stay valid? Okay, I am open for more inputs here!

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