Job Scams and Correctional Services

The Department of Correctional Services

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) recently released a press release warning the public about job scams conducted using their name. I personally applaud the department for reacting and creating awareness about these scams. Unfortunately, most times press releases are not shared as widely as a tweet or Facebook post.

The job scams mentioned in the Department of Correctional Services’ press release indicated that the scams were shared through social media and other channels. The shared posts invite members of the public to apply for employment and learnership opportunities. The department is now warning members of the public (you and I) against falling prey to these scam.

Please note that applying for employment in the public sector is free. Anyone asking for money for job applications is breaking the law.

The DCS uses mainstream the following channels to advertise job opportunities:

  • Mainstream media (radio, television, and newspapers)
  • The website of the Department of Public Services Administration (DPSA – http://www.dpsa.gov.za)
  • Internal email notices

Report job scammers

The department warned that those posing as consultants or using online media platforms to impersonate the department are fraudsters/ scammers who must be reported to law enforcement agencies. The Department of Correctional Services calls upon anyone who may have information on these fraudsters/ scammers to report the matter to the government’s anti-corruption hotline 0800 701 701.

For more information on jobs at the Department of Correctional Services

Visit the Department of Correctional Services website for information on jobs available at the department.

When applying for a job on the DCS website, please note:

Applications must be submitted on the Application for Employment Form (Z.83), obtainable from any Public Service department or at www.gov.za and should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, including the details of at least two contactable referees (should be people who recently worked with the applicant) and certified copies of qualifications and identity document (with an original certification stamp). It is the responsibility of applicants in possession of foreign qualifications to submit evaluated results by the South African Qualifications Authority. Where a valid driver’s licence is a requirement, applicants must attach certified copies of such licences. No faxes or e-mailed applications will be considered. If no contact is made within three months of the closing date, please accept that the application was unsuccessful. Successful candidates will be required to enter into a performance agreement and be subjected to security clearance procedures. Successful candidates may be required to undergo a competency assessment.

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National Minimum Wage: Readiness and Implementation

National Minimum Wage

The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch announced that it will be conducting a nationwide campaign to assess levels of compliance with labour laws, especially the newly-introduced National Minimum Wage (NMW) Act.

Importance of enforcement to ensure compliance with labour laws

The Department of Labour’s Deputy Director-General of Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES), Aggy Moiloa said that the department understands the importance of enforcement to ensure compliance with the labour laws of the country. She said the Department had 1392 inspectors who were ready to monitor compliance with the NMW Act.

She said the Department of Labour will be utilising its Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) specialist inspectors to enforce the NMW Act. The NMW Act was conceived from the BCEA.

Advocacy, inspection and enforcement

Moiloa further added that the department’s strategy to enforce NMW was premised on three pillars – that is advocacy, inspection and enforcement.

The Deputy Director-General held a workshop on the performance levels of the organisation in Pretoria. The core of her presentation was on the state of readiness by the Department’s IES branch to enforce the implementation of the National Minimum Wage.

The National Minimum Wage is R20

The National Minimum Wage came into effect on 1 January 2019. The NMW is R20, the minimum rate at which workers should earn per hour.  

Moiloa said the Department was aware of the burden imposed by NMW to CCMA resources and was ready to assist. She said aggrieved workers on issues of NMW can take their complaints to the Department’s Labour Centres or directly report to the CCMA. 

She said as part of its readiness the Department already had the following in place:

  • Case management systems have been developed;
  • The CCMA has conducted training on their system in order for the inspectorate to refer cases; and
  • Inspectors have been trained to monitor compliance with the NMW Act. 

She reiterated that the Wholesale and Retail sectors would be areas of focus as these sectors have been identified as problematic.

Enquiries:
Teboho Thejane
Cell: 082 697 0694

Press release issued by Department of Labour

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