No overtime anymore: Nandi-Ndaitwah

12 Mar 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA) - Any work performed outside normal working hours at the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation will no longer be compensated, unless prior authorisation has been granted to carry out the work.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said this when she addressed the annual staff meeting of her ministry in the capital on Friday.
She noted that these regulations will be implemented immediately.
“The cost of compensation towards overtime has been noticeably high and is an aspect which must be governed through the legislative provisions enshrined in the Labour Act, Act No. 11 of 2007.
“The decision to perform duties beyond normal work hours lies solely with the Accounting Officer under the auspices and confines of the relevant legislation.”
She instructed that all the due procedures must be followed to obtain the required permission from the Ministry of Labour through human resources, subject to the Accounting Officer granting the authorisation to carry out the work.
On a different topic, the minister of international relations encouraged Namibians to make an effort to learn foreign languages in addition to English.
“We operate in the international arena and it is important when you are posted to a non-English speaking country to at least be able to make your way through in the spoken language. The ministry is in the process of establishing a language laboratory to facilitate multilingualism.”
Staff of the ministry is advised to speak and understand at least two foreign languages before they are posted to foreign countries for duties.
Nandi-Ndaitwah stressed that being multilingual will help Namibians secure recruitment into international organisations.
“If you look globally, Namibians are not represented in many international organisations. As a minister, I face a situation where people say the problem with you Namibians is you always focus on English, so it is difficult to secure jobs in other countries.”