Remuneration review commission welcomes Vil-Nkomo appointment

Pretoria - The Presidential Remuneration Review Commission (PRRC) has welcomed the recent appointment of Professor Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo as a commissioner.

President Jacob Zuma recently appointed Vil-Nkomo, who is a senior research professor at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria. He is also an award winning international scholar. Vil-Nkomo succeeds Dr Vincent Maphai.

Maphai, who has been heading the commission since 2014, has to take up a position as a visiting professor of global studies at Williams College in the United States.

Paying tribute to Maphai’s contribution to the commission, PRRC chairperson Kenneth Mthiyane said his expert input on public administration within the commission would be greatly missed.

“As the commission, we will definitely miss Dr Maphai’s perceptive input and contribution to the robust debates we continue to have in carrying out this all important mandate. We will definitely miss his stewardship and are grateful that he periodically stepped in and provided leadership within the commission as and when it was necessary,” said the retired justice.

Mthiyane further welcomed Vil-Nkomo’s appointment and said the commission was looking forward to tapping into the professor’s wealth of vast academic research experience.

“Prof Vil-Nkomo’s expertise as a leading researcher will stand the commission in good stead. He joins the Commission as we enter the all-important phase of analysing all the submissions that have been made to the commission,” said Mthiyane.

The commission, which has until October 2017 to conclude its work, was appointed by President Zuma to inquire into remuneration and conditions of service in the public service and public entities as listed in Schedules 3A and 3C of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999, with educators receiving priority.

Issues that the commission is investigating include service delivery, recruitment, promotion and retention, performance management, job evaluation, grading and the fiscal sustainability of the wage bill.

Following months of data collection from various stakeholders in the public service sector nationally and provincially, the commission has commenced with preparations for the next phase on its project plan – that of analysing all received submissions. – SAnews.gov.za