The Department of Traditional Affairs is committed to advancing equity and representation across racial, gender, and disability lines, adhering to its comprehensive Employment Equity plan. As part of this initiative, the department is currently seeking to fill the role of Secretary for the Commission on Khoi-San Matters.

This pivotal position offers a chance to contribute significantly to the governance and administrative support of Khoi-San affairs in South Africa.

Department of Traditional Affairs Vacancy

  • Reference Number: 2024/03
  • Position Type: Contract (Linked to the term of the Office of The Commission on Khoi-San Matters)
  • Salary: R1 162 200 per annum (Level 13), An all-inclusive remuneration package
  • Location: Pretoria


  • Educational Background: A Degree or equivalent qualification (NQF level 7) in Social or Management Science.
  • Professional Certification: Certificate for entry into the Senior Management Services (SMS) (Nyukela Certificate).
  • Experience: At least five years of experience at middle management level.
  • Licenses: A valid driver’s license is required.

Core Competencies:

  • Strategic Capacity and Leadership – Ability to devise and implement strategic plans effectively.
  • People Management and Empowerment – Skills in managing and empowering team members to achieve their potential.
  • Programme and Project Management – Expertise in managing multiple projects and programmes, ensuring timely completion and quality standards.
  • Change Management – Competence in leading change initiatives and managing the impact on organizational processes and personnel.
  • Financial Management – Proficiency in budgeting, financial planning, and ensuring financial compliance.
  • Office Management – Skills in organizing, managing, and streamlining administrative and office operations.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation – Ability to monitor project progress and evaluate outcomes against predefined benchmarks.
  • Fluency in Afrikaans (verbal & written) – Required for effective communication in Afrikaans, including both verbal and written forms.
  • Knowledge Management – Capabilities in managing organizational knowledge and ensuring the effective dissemination of know-how.
  • Service Delivery Innovation – Skills in innovating and improving service delivery to meet and exceed expectations.
  • Problem Solving and Analysis – Ability to analyze complex issues and devise effective solutions.
  • Client Orientation and Communication – Strong focus on client needs combined with excellent communication skills to engage with various stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing Proceedings and Corporate Support Services
    • Oversee and facilitate all administrative and procedural aspects of meetings and sessions held by the Commission on Khoi-San Leaders.
    • Ensure that all logistical arrangements are flawlessly executed, including venue setup, documentation, and technology support.
  • Providing Secretariat Support and Managing Programs
    • Serve as the primary point of contact for coordination and communication between the Commission, government bodies, and other stakeholders.
    • Develop, implement, and monitor the progress of programs and initiatives designed to support the Commission’s objectives.
  • Overseeing the Financial Management of the Commission’s Activities
    • Manage budgets, financial reports, and funding allocations to ensure optimal use of resources.
    • Implement financial controls and compliance with all relevant laws and regulations to maintain financial integrity.
  • Directing Human Resource Functions Within the Secretariat
    • Lead HR operations, including recruitment, training, performance evaluation, and employee development.
    • Foster a positive work environment and culture that attracts, retains, and motivates top-quality employees.
  • Coordinating Research Support for the Commission
    • Supervise the gathering and analysis of research data that informs the Commission’s decisions and policy recommendations.
    • Engage with academic and research institutions to support comprehensive studies relevant to Khoi-San matters.
  • Supervising Staff Within the Secretariat
    • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the secretariat staff, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in support of the Commission’s goals.
    • Provide leadership, guidance, and support to staff, promoting teamwork and collaboration across all levels of the organization.

Application Details

  • Closing Date: 17 May 2024
  • Application Process: Submit a completed Z83 form along with a detailed CV.
  • Applications may be sent via post to Human Resource Management, Department of Traditional Affairs, Private Bag X22, Arcadia, 0083 or hand-delivered to 509 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, 2nd Floor Pencardia 1 Building.
  • Enquiries: Ms RS Mogaladi, Tel No: (012) 334 4982

Note: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit certified copies of qualifications and other relevant documents prior to the interview. Foreign qualifications must be evaluated by the SAQA.

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The role of Secretary for the Commission on Khoi-San Matters at the Department of Traditional Affairs presents a unique and impactful opportunity for seasoned professionals in management and governance. This position is pivotal in supporting and promoting the interests of the Khoi-San communities through strategic leadership, effective program management, and diligent administrative support.

The ideal candidate will bring not only requisite qualifications and experience but also a deep commitment to cultural sensitivity and equity. By fulfilling these key responsibilities, the Secretary will play a crucial role in facilitating the Commission’s objectives and ensuring that the heritage and rights of the Khoi-San people are preserved and respected.

This role is more than a job—it’s a chance to make a meaningful difference in the governance and recognition of South Africa’s indigenous communities.