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Dailynews freelancing to continue

Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr Nonofo Molefhi says the Department of Information Services  intends  to continue with the youth freelancer programme with a budget of P1million for the 2019/2020 financial year.

Mr Molefi told Parliament that P5.8million had been spent on the programme since its inception in the 2010/11 financial year.

Furthermore, Mr Molefhi said his ministry was aware that the programme had been running for more than five years, but explained that there were no  plans to permanently employ the best performing freelancers or to train them because the ministry recruited unemployed graduates from the DPSM data base whenever there were vacant posts.

Regarding the intake process, Mr Molefhi explained that an advert was placed in the  DailyNews paper which ran for a minimum of 14 days followed by shortlisting of candidates as per the advert requirements, interviews, issuing of appointment letters and signing of contracts.

The minister also said the Department of Information Services was not in breach of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) it signed with the  youth freelancers.

Mr Molefhi said the agreement was amended in November 2016 with the assistance of the Attorney General’s Chambers to read that “The freelancer shall receive one payment for material published, that is, whether published online or in hardcopy,” as it was a standard practice in the media industry internationally.

Francistown West legislator, Mr Ignitious Moswaane had asked the minister if he was aware that the department was possibly in breach of contract with the youth freelancers, as they were only paid for published stories contrary to the clause which stated that they had to be paid for every story submitted.

Mr Moswaane had also asked when the youth freelancers programme started at the Department of Information Service and what has been the intake process since its inception.

Furthermore, Mr Moswaane inquired if the minister was aware that the freelance journalism programme had been running for more than five years now, and whether the ministry had any plans to permanently employ the best performing freelancers and enroll them for further training. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : BOPA

Location : GABORONE

Event : Parliament

Date : Apr 14 Sun,2019

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