DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
Private Bag X916, Pretoria, 0001. Tel: (012) 314 7911, Fax: (012) 314 7020 or (012) 314 7267
Private Bag X9148, Cape Town, 8000. Tel: (021) 462 2238. Fax: (021) 462 2299
Inquiry : A J van der Walt
Telephone : (012) 314 7258
File : 1/7/1/4/1
TO HEADS OF NATIONAL/PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENTS AND PROVINCIAL
IMPLEMENTATION OF AN INCENTIVE POLICY FRAMEWORK LINKED TO
DEPARTMENTAL PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR
EMPLOYEES ON SALARY 1 TO 12 IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE
1. As departments are aware, the Government as employer engaged labour
unions in the PSCBC on the implementation of a new pay progression
system for employees on salary levels 1 to 12 since 2000. As no
agreement could be reached since 2000, the following, inter alia, were
concluded in PSCBC Resolution 6 of 2002 for the 2002/03 financial year:
(a) The pay progression system will be finalised not later than 30 June
2002 with a view of implementing on 1 July 2003.
(b) If no agreement is reached on the pay progression system as
referred to in (a) above, the pay progression system shall be
implemented in terms of clause 4.5 of PSCBC Resolution 9 of 2001
with effect from 1 July 2003. Clause 4.5 of PSCBC Resolution 9 of
2001 reads as follows -
"the employer shall allocate 1% of the wage bill for increments
effected in terms of the pay progression system".
2. An agreement on the Pay Progression system could, however, not be
reached in the PSCBC by 30 June 2002.
Determinations by the Minister for Public Service and Administration
3. In view of the above, the Minister for the Public Service and Administration
has determined the following:
(a) An Incentive Policy Framework linked to Departmental Performance
Management Systems for employees on salary levels 1 to 12 in the
Public Service (attached as Annexure G), to be implemented on
1 April 2003.
(b) Implementation of a revised salary scale (with 12 salary levels
consisting of 12 notches for salary levels 1 and 2 and 16 notches for
salary levels 3 to 12 respectively) on 1 April 2003 for full-time and
part-time employees who are employed in terms of the Public
Service Act, 1994, the Defence Act, 1957 and the Correctional
Services Act, 1998 (Annexures A, B and C).
(c) Translation with effect from 1 April 2003 of the employees referred to
in (b) above to the revised salary scale and salary levels, as
contained in the translation tables attached as Annexures D, E, and
(d) That the first pay progression in terms of the Policy Framework
referred to in (a) above takes place on 1 July 2003.
(d) Abolishing as of 1 April 2003 of the system for the awarding of 2nd
and 3rd notches on salary levels (so-called Personal Profile system).
4. The Minister’s determinations do not apply to the personnel groups listed
below. The introduction of a similar Policy Framework (where applicable)
will be determined by the Executing Authorities concerned:-
(a) Senior Managers/Professionals on SMS Grades A to D (former
salary levels 13 to 16) appointed in terms of Public Service Act,
1994, the Correctional Services Act, 1998, the Defence Act, 1957,
Police Service Act, 1995 and the Employment of Educators Act,
(b) Personnel on salary levels 1 to 12 employed in terms of the
Employment of Educators Act, 1998.
(c) Personnel on salary levels 1 to 12 employed in terms of the South
African Police Service Act, 1998.
(d) Personnel employed in terms of the National Prosecuting Authority
Act, 1998 and the Magistrates Act, 1994.
Effect of the adjustment on general conditions of service
5. For the purpose of classifying officers and employees according to their
salaries, when applying the directives with regard to official journeys,
means of transport, subsistence allowance etc., officers and employees
who receive personal salaries higher than the maximum of the standard
salary levels attached to their ranks are deemed to be in receipt of salaries
equivalent to the maximum notches of the standard salary levels attached
to their ranks.
Development of grade progression systems (career pathing) in the Public
6. The Minister for the Public Service and Administration acknowledges the
importance of the implementation of adequate grade progression systems
(career pathing) in the Public Service. The Minister is of the view such
systems should be developed in the various sectors, taking into consideration
the sector-unique needs. The employer representatives in the Sectoral
Councils are mandated to negotiate (develop) appropriate systems that
compliment the Policy Framework.
Development of appropriate performance incentive schemes, linked to
departmental performance management systems
7. One of the major stumbling blocks is the impact of PSCBC Resolution 3 of
1999 (Part XXXV). The Resolution determines, inter alia, that the current
dispensation on merit bonuses and other forms of recognition of outstanding
performance, innovations or achievements shall remain in force until a new
agreement, which is in line with the requirements of the Labour Relations
Act, 1995, is negotiated. In short, departments may develop their own
unique performance management systems (e.g. evaluation criteria etc.), but
any performance related incentive schemes in terms of such systems must
be aligned with the said Resolution.
8. To overcome this, and in view that it was agreed in Resolution 6 of 2002 that
the employer may continue with the implementation of the pay progression
system, the Minister for the Public Service and Administration approved that
the employer withdraw from Resolution 3 of 1999 (Part XXXV) as of 1 April
2003. The trade unions in the PSCBC have been informed accordingly.
9. This means that departments may continue to develop (and implement as of
1 April 2003) their own performance related incentive schemes aligned with
their departmental performance management systems within the parameters
of the PSR (2001) (Chapter I, Part VIII) and the Policy Framework at
Annexure G. However, any outstanding cases for merit bonuses and
other forms of recognition of outstanding performance, innovations or
achievements up to and including 31 March 2003, should still be dealt
with in line with Resolution 3 of 1999 (Part XXXV).
10. Should any remuneration, rates, allowances, etc., exist which have to be
adjusted and which are not covered in this Circular or the Annexures
thereto, proposals for the adjustment thereof should be submitted to this
11. The translation of personnel to the revised salary notches (Annexures D,
E and F) will be effected programmatically by PERSAL and PERSOL.
12. Emanating from the Minister for the Public Service and Administration’s
determinations contained in this Circular this Department’s Financial
Manual will be updated and made available in due course.
13. It is possible that the measures contained in this Circular may be
erroneous or that errors may be made in the implementation of the
measures. All affected employees should be informed in writing that
errors will be rectified when it comes to light and that any amounts that
have been overpaid or underpaid because of errors will be adjusted.
14. Departments are requested to ensure that the measures contained in this
Circular are implemented correctly. Should any problems be experienced
with the implementation of the measures, departments are welcome to
approach this Department for assistance.