Government Communications and Information System Circular 26 of 2021


The GCIS is an equal opportunity employer. In the filling of vacant posts, the objectives of section 195 (1)

(i) of the Constitution of South Africa, 1996 (Act No: 108 of 1996), the Employment Equity imperatives as defined by the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No: 55 of 1998) and relevant Human Resources policies

of the Department will be taken into consideration. People with Disabilities with disabilities will be accommodated within reasonable limits. Therefore preference will be given to candidates whose appointment will assist the department in achieving its Employment Equity targets in terms of the Department’s Employment Equity Plan.


APPLICATIONS                     : The DG of Government Communication and Information System, Private Bag

X 745, Pretoria 0001, or hand deliver to Tshedimosetso House, 1035 cnr Francis Baard & Festival streets, Hatfield, Pretoria.

FOR ATTENTION                   :            Ms M Kotelo

CLOSING DATE                     :            16 August 2021

NOTE                                       : Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The old prescribed

application for employment form Z83 was withdrawn with effect from 31 December 2020. As per the Government Gazette No: 43872, any applicant who submits an application on or after 1 January 2021 must do so on the new prescribed Z83 form, obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the internet at The fully completed and signed Z83 form should be accompanied by a recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as all academic qualification(s) including the matric certificate, ID-document, drivers licence (where applicable), and any other relevant documents. Such copies need not be certified when applying for a post. Communication regarding the requirement for certified documents will be limited to shortlisted candidates. Therefore, only shortlisted candidates will be required to submit certified documents on or before the day of the interview, following communication from the Department. Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Applicants who do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements, as well as applications received late, will not be considered. No faxed, copied or e-mailed application will be considered. Where a driver’s license is essential, such a license should be attached. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within three (3) months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. The successful candidate must disclose to the DG particulars of all registrable financial interests, sign a performance agreement and employment contract with the DG within three months from the date of assumption of duty and obtain a top secret security clearance. All appointments are subject to the verification of educational qualifications, previous experience, citizenship, reference checks and security vetting. Following the interview and technical exercise, the selection panel will recommend candidates to attend generic managerial competency assessment. The department reserves the right to fill or not to fill the vacant post. The successful candidates will enter into an employment contract with the GCIS that will be reviewed based on performance expiration. ERRATUM: kindly note that the posts of Assistant Director: Office of the Director-General with Ref No: 3/1/5/1-21/38 and Regional Communication Coordinator Xhariep District Municipality with Ref No: 3/1/5/1-21/09 advertised on Public Service Vacancy Circular 25 dated 16 July have been withdrawn. We apologies for the inconvenience caused.




POST 26/36                            :            PRINCIPAL COMMUNICATION OFFICER REF NO: 3/1/5/1-21/70

Directorate: Eastern Cape Provincial Office (Twelve 12-Months Contract)


SALARY                                  : R316 791 per annum (Level 08) Plus 37% of the annual notch

CENTRE                                  :            Joe Gqabi District

REQUIREMENTS                  :      Applicants must be in possession of an appropriate three (3) year Degree (NQF

level 7) or National Diploma (NQF level 6) in Communication and Journalism or any other related qualification, with two (2) years communication experience with knowledge of communication disciplines, including media liaison, research and development communication. The candidate must have an understanding


of development communication, and knowledge of the Eastern Cape Province with specific insights of Joe Gqabi District and its local Municipalities. Furthermore, he/she must be computer literate and be in possession of a valid Code 08 driver’s licence as the work involves extensive travelling. Good knowledge of administration and finances is required.

DUTIES                                    : The successful candidate will support the Deputy Director: Liaison in the

implementation of a government communication programme (GCP) in the Joe Gqabi District as follows: Implement key communication projects in line with government priorities and in accordance with the guidelines for development communication practice and platforms as developed by GCIS. Supervise and monitor the work of district based communication interns or learners (if any) assigned to the region, including their administrative and operational functions, and report these to the Deputy Director: Provincial Liaison. Ensure the establishment and where necessary review and strengthening of communication coordination structures in the District to ensure the effective cascading of government communication content especially to leaders and structures of local government across the District. Support all initiatives aimed at strengthening Local Government Communication System through advocacy in strategic IGR structures at District and local level. Further, provide communication support to various integrated service delivery models of government, including the District Based Development Model and the Thusong service centre programme. Responsible for the development and maintenance of effective stakeholder relations in the region with biasness towards civil society, minority groups, local government and traditional leaders. Coordination and implementation of rapid response requirements in the District as well as writing service delivery articles on governments’ delivery on its mandate. Responsible for the revision and development of a localised distribution strategy for government information products at District level. Additionally, on a regular basis, be required to develop local communication environment assessments reports on key issues emanating from the District for the use by various stakeholders and clients. Support government public participation initiatives including feedback and follow up on the required communication interventions as recommended.

ENQUIRIES                            : Mr N Pinyana Tel No: (043) 7222 602/09

NOTE                                       :            Preference will be given to Coloured, Indian and White male/female


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