25-01-2012 -Nelson Mandela Bay had spent only 43.1% of its Operating Budget at the end of December due to the high vacancy rate which...
-Nelson Mandela Bay had spent only 43.1% of its Operating Budget at the end of December due to the high vacancy rate which reduced personnel costs and low spending on the Repairs and Maintenance Budget.

The Mid-Year Report that will be tabled in Council also reveals that only 16.4% of the institutional training budget was spent in the first six months of the financial year as a result of directorates underspending their training budgets because of the high vacancy rate as well as “the lack of local training providers accredited within scarce and critical skills areas”.

The target for training officials in National Treasury minimum competencies was also not met with only 48 being trained of a target of 100.

The report says that most positions designated in terms of National Treasury requirements are currently vacant and that there are no officials to enrol in the programme.

It adds that a Short-Term Recovery Plan has been approved by the Management Team to address the issue of high vacancies within directorates.

The report says that directorates will be engaged during the third quarter of the financial year to improve the situation.

The Municipality did exceed its target in the number of unemployed graduates placed in scarce and critical skills areas, placing 47 against the target of 40.

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