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Internship Programme 2014 / 2015 | Presidency of South Africa

The Office of President Jacob Zuma invites applications for its 2014/2015 internship programme. Consideration will be given to applications from unemployed South Africans with a National Diploma or degree in a relevant field of study. Interns will be placed in various operational and support areas within The Presidency, mostly in Pretoria – a few internship positions will be based in Cape Town (see table below). Interns will be paid a monthly stipend of R4 000. Successful candidates will sign internship contracts for a twelve (12) months period from April 2014 until March 2015.

The requirements for the Presidency of South Africa 2014/2015 Internship Programme are listed in the table below (please use the corresponding reference number when applying):

Business Units

Field of Study


No of Interns



Office of the Director-General and Secretary of Cabinet

BA degree/Honours in Public Administration/Management

Office of the Director-General



• Collect and compile information on the basis of the briefing provided
• Research and prepare briefing documents for the Director-General
• Liaise with stakeholders to obtain information and support data for meetings, projects, presentations and reports • Perform any other duties as delegated


Office of the Chief Operations Officer

National Diploma/BTech in Strategic Planning/Organisational Performance Management

Strategic Planning


• Assist with secretariat tasks related to the Strategic Planning Workshops/meetings and quarterly review sessions • Collect and analyse Branch performance reports on a quarterly basis • Assist with the compilation of the quarterly and annual Presidency Performance Information Reports
• Perform other delegated strategic planning duties and any other duties as delegated


Internal Security

National Diploma in Security Management/Safety Management/equivalent

Vetting/Occupational Health and Safety


• Perform vetting administration and other duties relating to Security administration • Assist the OHS Officer as per the OHS Act


Private Office of the President

National Diploma/degree in Public Administration/Public Management/related qualification

Support Services


• Assist with general office administration duties, eg making bookings, arranging of petty cash, meeting coordination, and procurement of office equipment • Perform any other administrative duties


National Diploma/degree in Public Relations/ Journalism

CD: Communications: Media Liaison


Make media arrangements


National Diploma/degree in Research/Content Development or related qualification

CD: Communications: Content Support


Assist with research and drafting


LLB/Bachelor of Law/related qualification

DDG’s Office


Assist with legal and other duties as delegated


LLB/Bachelor of Law/related qualification

Advisory Support Services


Assist with legal and other duties as delegated


Private Office of the Deputy President

Honours degree in Economics/Politics

Research Drafting and Speech Writing


• Conduct research on multiple topics such as political issues and demographic trends • Draft speeches, messages and statements and produce any other content that may be required by the Office of the Deputy President • Liaise with various stakeholders within and outside Government to obtain information required for the Deputy President’s engagements • Understand clients’ thinking and speech to recreate their distinct voice in written format and any other duties delegated


Personal Support Services


• Provide administrative support to the Directorate • Track submissions • Draft correspondence and registers • Handle logistical arrangements for the Unit
• Liaise with internal and external stakeholders • Draft routine correspondence and reports • File documents and maintain a correct filing system and any other duties delegated


DDG’s Office


• Provide general administrative support to the Office, inter alia, correspondence management, typing of documents, drafting of agendas and taking minutes for meetings, planning, filing of documents, and tracking budget expenditure for the Office • Support integrated policy development and implementation • Monitor and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of policies and programmes and the implementation of the Planning Framework • Prepare analytical reports and review research reports, including providing support and analysis to the work of the Deputy President • Perform any other duties delegated


The Ministry for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

National Diploma/ degree in Public Administration/ Management/ Office Management and Technology/ Secretary

Minister: Performance Monitoring and Evaluation


• Assist with general office administration duties, eg making bookings, arranging petty cash, meeting coordination, procurement of office equipment • Perform any other administrative duties


Deputy Minister: Performance Monitoring and Evaluation


Assist in providing general secretarial support


National Diploma/degree in Youth Development/Social Science

Youth Desk


• Undertake administrative duties
• Support the Director in Youth Development Programme activities
• Handle enquiries in Youth Development directed at The Presidency • Provide logistics support


Cabinet: FOSAD Secretariat

National Diploma/degree in Public Administration/Social Science

FOSAD Secretariat


• Assist with the administration
function for Cluster meetings, FOSAD workshops, and Management meetings • Fill in documents • Make logistics arrangements • Perform general office administration


National Planning Commission

National Diploma/degree in Governance

National Planning Commission


• Conduct research • Compile presentations • Support senior experts at stakeholder engagements


National diploma/degree in Public Policy (Health)






National Diploma/degree in Public Policy (Education)






National Diploma/degree in Economics






National Diploma/degree in Communication






Strategy and Operations

National Diploma/degree in Finance

Spousal Support


• Fill in and compile financial documents for the unit • Perform any other Finance-related matters of the unit


Protocol and Ceremonial Services

National Diploma/Bachelor’s degree in International Relations/Political Sciences

Ceremonial Services


• Provide general administrative
support such as photocopying, faxing and filing of documents • Assist with procurement-related duties such as obtaining quotations and doing follow ups • Update the register of National Orders Nominees • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to obtain records and other information • Assist with the preparation of major events
• Make travel arrangements, and process subsistence and travel forms


National Diploma/degree in Administration/International Relations



• Provide general administrative support to the Unit, inter alia, making travel arrangements for Protocol Officials, typing, photocopying, faxing, filing of documents, ordering stationery and tracking expenditure • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders
• Assist during the preparation of major events • Make travel arrangements

• Provide general administrative duties


Events Management

National Diploma/degree in Events Management/Public Relations

Events Management


Assist in events planning, sending out invitations, and chasing up RSVPs
• Write reports • Perform any other events management work as delegated


Legal and Executive Services

LLB/Law degree

Legal and

Executive Services


Assist Legal Services as well as Executive Services in the Department


Corporate Services (Accommodation and Household)

N6 Electrical/Mechanical Engineering

Accommodation Pretoria


• Perform minor electrical maintenance such as replacing of bulbs, detecting of faults, plumbing and carpentry • Ensure maintenance of air-conditioners
• Perform any other duties as executed


National Diploma/BTech in Hospitality/Catering

Households (OR Tambo House)


• Cook • Provide stewarding • Perform stock taking • Carry out menu planning



Business Units

Field of Study


No of Interns



Information Technology

B degree/National Diploma with specialisation in User Support/Support Services

Information Technology


• Maintain, manage and provide computer equipment support to The Presidency users


B degree/National Diploma with specialisation in Software Development/System Analysis

Information Technology (PTA)


Perform Software development, system analysis and database design


Human Resource Management and Organisational Development

National Diploma/BTech in Human Resource Management

Human Resource Operations

(Conditions of Services)


• Oversee Conditions of Service
• Capture HR data • Perform any other Conditions of Service-related matters


National Diploma/degree in Public Administration/Office Management/Knowledge Management



• Perform all Registry administration


National Diploma/BTech in Labour Relations/Industrial Relations

Employee Health, Wellness and Labour Relations


• Collective bargaining • Assist with employee discipline, discharge and grievances • Conduct employee misconduct internal investigations
• Perform any other Labour Relations duties


National Diploma/BTech in Human Resource Management/Public Administration/Management

Organisational Development


Perform all generic administrative duties linked to the OD and JE unit, inclusive of registry and database management for the OD & JE section


Chief Financial Office

National Diploma/BTech in Financial Management/Budgeting/Cost and Management Accounting

Budget Office


• Capture the budget • Prepare in-year monitoring • Assist in the preparation of the financial statement • Update expenditure report


National Diploma/degree in Office Management and Technology/ Administration

Chief Financial Office


• Conduct maintenance, administration and application of the document checklist before submission to CFO for signature • Communicate non-compliance with the document checklist to the relevant line function • Follow up/track documentation and action requirements as required by the CFO
• Assist with Senior Secretary • Draft basic reports/documents for the CFO


National Diploma/degree in Accounting/ Financial Management

Finance Sections

(Interns will rotate within the two units in the Finance Section)


• Payments LOGIS, payments S&T, debts, PERSAL, TAX, SYSCON, revenue, bank account, petty cash, cashier
• Perform other financial administration duties


Legal degree

Contract Management


• Perform vetting, review and drafting of basic contracts (Service Level Agreements, memorandum of Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding • Monitor contracts throughout the life cycle • Monitor and maintain the Contract/Service Level Agreement register • Draft monthly reports on status of contracts


National Diploma/degree in Internal Auditing/Finance

Financial Internal Control


• Ensure document control – receive financial documents from finance (batches) and ensure safekeeping of documents • Perform financial inspection – petty cash and assets verification, pre-audit check of batches to ensure that all documents received from finance adhere to departmental policies, procedures and other related prescripts (TR & PFMA)


Supply Chain Management

National Diploma/degree in Supply Chain Management/Transport Management/Purchasing Management/ Logistics/Asset Management


Payments/Orders/Transit and Warehouse


• Assist in the audit on assets in the office • Administer the movement of assets • Receive and barcode assets
• Conduct administration of cell phones and other assets-related duties
• Capture suppliers on database
• Request quotations • Evaluate quotations in terms of PPR of 2011
• Process all payments within 30 days
• Capture external requisition to generate requisition number • Create item control number • Register new service providers on online procurement integration on CRD • Register external memos in the register book • Receive goods and services from the service provider • Issue stock items to the end user • Monitor inventory stock


Cape Town

National Diploma/degree in Hospitality/Facility

Accommodation and Households


• Coordinate household and accommodation functions • Provide effective cleaning services • Ensure arrangements for reservations of function rooms are coordinated and arrangements thereof effectively managed • Provide effective food and beverage services
• Purchase adequate cleaning supplies according to the requirements of the Department • Assist with the provision of maintenance services


National Diploma/degree in Supply Chain Management

Corporate Support Services


• Facilitate the process to obtain operating equipment, goods, commodities or services (catering)
• Compile procurement requests
• Obtain quotes • Initiate the procurement process • Obtain authority for procurement • Procure operating equipment and commodities as requested • Ensure the preferred supplier delivers the correct items as per invoice and quotation • Ensure sound records management (filing system and case recording system) • Develop and implement customer service improvement strategies • Ensure regular interaction with suppliers to determine delivery dates and times


B degree/National Diploma with specialisation in User Support/Support Services

Information Technology


Maintain, manage and provide computer equipment support to The Presidency users


Requirements: Applicants must be graduates in any of the fields listed above or undergraduate students where internship is a perquisite to obtain their formal qualification. Applications must be submitted on a Z83 form (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD), obtainable from any Public Service Department, stating the field to which the Intern is applying from the above list, a CV together with certified copies of certificates, transcripts and a letter from the institution for the undergraduates as well as Identity Document. Failure to submit required documents will result in the application not being considered.

A pre-employment security screening will be conducted on candidates relating to RSA citizenship, criminal record, credit record and verification of qualification. The outcome of this screening will be considered to determine suitability for employment.

Who should apply?

Unemployed South African graduates/postgraduates, with a tertiary qualification in one of the above-mentioned fields of study, who has not been previously employed under any internship programme.

Note: These internships (with the exception of the last 3) are based in Pretoria. Candidates must be willing and able to find their own accommodation in Pretoria, considering that they will not earn a salary but only a stipend.

Please forward applications to: Mr K Futhane, The Presidency, Private Bag X1000, Pretoria 0001 or hand deliver at 535 Johannes Ramokhoase Street, Arcadia 0083.

Enquiries: Ms Phakamile Mpofu, tel. (012) 300-5876 and Ms Felicity Mokwele, tel. (012) 300-5875

Closing date: Friday, 6 December 2013 at 16:30

The Presidency is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability). Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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