Scramble for commission jobs

THE National Planning Commission has been overwhelmed by applications for commissioners with almost 1300 applications received for the 20 positions.

THE National Planning Commission has been overwhelmed by applications for commissioners with almost 1300 applications received for the 20 positions.

NPC spokesperson Dumisa Jele said the overwhelming response was delaying categorising of potential commissioners according to their fields of expertise - ranging from engineering, town planning, demographic change, climate change and energy to water.

Jele said 1297 applications had been received by February 10 but the process was taking longer than expected. He said the process of choosing the final candidates depended on the capacity in which nominees would be willing to serve the commission.

The remaining nominees would be drawn into a second tier system in which their expertise would be utilised to further the commission's work.

The successful candidates will serve a five-year term. The commissioners will serve on a part-time basis with remuneration determined by their skills.

"The commissioners will serve in an advisory role as well as to complete research and development responsibilities only," Jele said.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to announce the final candidates by the end of March.

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