Saturday, March 21, 2009

More Than 500 Emergency Services Positions Needed in Cape Town

The city of Cape Town's emergency services are dramatically understaffed, with 567 positions open. Most positions are in the city's Metro Police, and the shortage of staff has bolstered some concerns about safety during the World Cup.

The city's safety and security committee has been taken by surprise by staffing situation, but officials have moved to allay their fears saying they had received thousands of applications for the jobs advertised, and the time taken to process them had contributed to the delay.

More than 300 of the vacancies exist in the Metro Police, traffic and law enforcement departments, while emergency services requires 139 more staff. Vacancies also exist in the finance, logistics and training and strategic support.

World Cup security drastically short of staff
Independent Online
March 6, 2009