Department Public Service and Administration: Personnel Department.
I start working at above department as typist for the Director, Personnel Administration. Someone told
Department Public Service and Administration: Personnel Department
I start working at above department as typist for the Director, Personnel Administration. Someone told me I must go and try to get a job there but at that stage they only had the temporally post available for typist and was busy interviewing applicants. Well, I had typing in school and despite the fact that I never work with WordPerfect before, I anyway got the job.
As usual, I soon started to utilise my multiple skills to help other people and departments in such extent that several directors once actually argued whose work was more important and needs to be done first. My three months contact was every time extended up to a period of one year.
During this time I was involved in the White Paper on Affirmative Action related to disabled people, was involved in several improvements across several departments and in one case saved the department more than my whole yearly salary in one month by suggesting and implementing an e-mail system to replace the existing fax distribution of the open positions within the Government.
In one stage the Minister select me to work direct with him and we started with the necessary arrangements for my transfer to Cape Town. However, about two weeks before the specific date, I was told that everything is cancelled because one of the two other personnel withdraws. Since at least one staff member must stay at office while the other one must accompany the minister, it would be a difficult situation if I, as deaf person, were alone at the office.
During my last contract month, both my Director, the Chief Director and the Minister tried to give me a permanent position but due to regulations at that stage they could not appoint me in an appropriate position without at least a University degree.
At this stage I was responsible for the processing of raw data from field teams that was busy to visit all the departments to collect data about the affirmative action status of the Government for the Ministerial presentation at the forthcoming Cabinet sitting. This was over and above my normal job and many nights I only walked back to my flat between 10pm – 12pm. (They are only allowed to pay me overtime up to 4 hours a day but as usual it don’t bother me much because I want the work done, and want it done properly)
However, after one year in a temporally position where nearly every director wanted me in his/her department but still without permanent appointment, an opportunity arises to act as Chairman for the Deaf Awareness Week.
Due to above, the time constraint of the (additional) work at that stage, as well as the possibility to use my own circumstances during deaf awareness week to demonstrate the capabilities, and yet problems, of deaf people, I gave the Department an ultimatum to either appoint me permanently or I leave the forthcoming Friday. (When my contract period ends)
Even if I had to say it myself, there was some big consternation and I even got letter from Chief Director to say that they will do everything possible and will refer the matter to the Minister. (He needs the processed data the next week for his Cabinet speech and presentation and there is nobody else what can do that)
End of the story is that they didn’t meet my deadline that Friday I started at the Association for the Deaf the following Monday. (If they don’t appoint me in such urgent circumstances and I loose the opportunity to get the position as chairman of the deaf awareness week, then the change is not very good that I would get permanent appointment anyway after this urgent job was completed)