In the vibrant Free State province of South Africa, a critical leadership opportunity exists for the role of Deputy Director-General within the Department of Community Safety, Roads and Transport. This vital position is dedicated to enhancing citizen safety, strengthening infrastructure, and advancing efficient transportation solutions through focused strategic leadership and innovative governance practices.

Job Title: Deputy Director General

  • Reference Number: FS CST 01/01/2024
  • Location: Head Office, Bloemfontein, Free State
  • Salary: R1,663,581 per annum (Level 15, all-inclusive package)

Package Details:

The salary is structured as follows:

  • Basic Salary: 70% of total package
  • Government Pension: 13% of basic salary
  • Flexible Benefits: Includes 13th cheque, car allowance, homeowner’s allowance, and medical aid.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree plus a relevant NQF level 8 qualification recognized by SAQA.
  • Experience in Civil Engineering or Construction Management, or equivalent, with at least 8-10 years at a senior managerial level.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • A pre-entry SMS (Nyukela) certificate is required prior to appointment.

Key Responsibilities:

The Deputy Director General position encompasses extensive responsibilities that are crucial for the operational and strategic success of the Free State Department of Community Safety, Roads and Transport. Here is an expanded outline of the key responsibilities assigned to this role:

  1. Strategic Management of Roads and Transport Infrastructure:
    • Formulate and implement long-term strategies to enhance the quality and efficiency of roads and transport systems.
    • Coordinate with various stakeholders to ensure that infrastructure projects align with governmental policies and public needs.
  2. Oversight of Provincial Transport Services and the Taxi Industry:
    • Supervise and regulate provincial transport services, ensuring they meet safety and service delivery standards.
    • Engage with leaders in the taxi industry to foster improvements and resolve issues impacting public transport operations.
  3. Development and Maintenance of Road Infrastructure:
    • Plan and oversee the construction and rehabilitation of road networks to improve connectivity and safety.
    • Ensure that all infrastructure projects are completed on time, within budget, and according to quality specifications.
  4. Promotion of Safe Road Traffic Environments:
    • Implement innovative traffic management and road safety programs designed to reduce accidents and fatalities.
    • Work closely with law enforcement agencies to enforce traffic laws and promote road safety awareness.
  5. Management of Performance Standards and Departmental Strategic Goals:
    • Monitor and evaluate the performance of various divisions within the department to ensure they meet set objectives and standards.
    • Adjust strategies and operations in response to performance data and changing conditions.
  6. Direction in the Utilization and Development of Human Capital:
    • Lead human resource strategies, including training, development, and motivation of staff, to build a skilled and effective workforce.
    • Promote a culture of excellence and accountability within the department.
  7. Financial Resource Optimization in Collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO):
    • Work with the CFO to manage the department’s budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and the strategic allocation of funds.
    • Identify opportunities for cost savings and efficient resource use without compromising service quality.

Application Process:

Interested candidates must apply using the New Z83 form comprehensive CV must be included. Applications must detail:

  • Job title
  • Reference number
  • Contactable references with phone numbers and email addresses

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will need to provide certified copies of qualifications and other documentation.

Submission Details:

  • Applications must be sent to the Head of Department, either by post (P.O Box 119, Bloemfontein, 9300) or delivered in person (45 Charlotte Maxeke Street, Perm Building, Bloemfontein).
  • The department does not accept applications via fax or email.

Additional Information:

  • Direct inquiries to Ms. N. Mopeli at 072 781 5180.
  • Failure to comply with application guidelines will result in disqualification.
  • Correspondence is limited to short-listed candidates only. If not contacted within three months, consider your application unsuccessful.
  • The department reserves the right not to fill the position.

This role is crucial for individuals passionate about making a significant impact on the community’s safety and the efficiency of transport systems. It offers an opportunity to contribute to foundational state functions and ensure a high quality of life for the residents of the Free State.