Deputy Director: Cooperatives and Enterprise Development at DALRRD

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Directorate: District Office
Re-advertisement, applicants who applied previously are encouraged to re- apply.
Salary: R766 584 per annum (Level 11), (all- inclusive package to be structured in accordance with the rules for MMS)
Location: Kwazulu Natal (Richards Bay)


  • Applicants must be in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate and a National Diploma in Agriculture / Agricultural Economics / Development Studies.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience at junior management level in relevant field.
Job related knowledge:
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy and legislative environment of cooperatives.
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Understanding of Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP).
  • Strategic planning.
  • Knowledge of economics.
Job related skills:
  • Communication skills (verbal and written),
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills,
  • Strategic management skills and leadership skills,
  • Project management skills,
  • Networking skills,
  • Team management skills,
  • People management skills,
  • Customer and client focus.
  • Statistical forecasting.
  • A valid driver’s licence.
  • Willingness to travel.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage the identification and facilitation of the development of cooperatives.
  • Manage the advancement of primary cooperatives into secondary cooperatives.
  • Coordinate liaison with commodity association and other stakeholders for data collection.
  • This in order to create and maintain cooperatives databases.
  • Oversee engagement with organs of the state, private sector and building partnerships.
  • Oversee the development of business plans for funding.
  • Manage the development of a monitoring tool and strategy for cooperatives.
  • Provide support in setting up of internal / cooperative governance and constitution, and facilitation of training in adherence and compliance with Cooperatives Act, No. 14 of 2005.
  • Provide support to new and existing cooperatives (Establishment, registration, constitution, facilitate training and monitoring).
  • Provide training on governance issues of cooperatives and business management.
  • Manage the identification and ensure support for the development of enterprise operational and compliance system.
  • Oversee partnerships arrangements.
  • Ensure that cooperatives comply with Cooperative Act. Among others by ensuring that holding Annual General Meeting (AGM) are held and financial records are submitted to South African Revenue Service (SARS).
  • Provide support in the identification of market opportunities for co- operatives development in the Department.
  • Manage the identification of local, national and international markets for cooperatives.
  • Ensure that cooperatives get marking tools for their business through Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).
  • Ensure that cooperatives get export certificate to sell their products.
  • Support cooperatives to produce good quality and quantity goods / produce at correct time.
  • Oversee the development of co-operative Financing Institutions towards the formation of a Co-operative Bank.
  • Coordinate workshops for cooperative on understanding functioning of the cooperatives Financial Institution.
  • Ensure that cooperatives develop the culture of saving.
  • Manage linkage of cooperatives with relevant institutions towards establishment of banking facility.
  • Manage the development of rural enterprise and industries.
  • Manage identification of entrepreneurs and linkage with various entities to support them with development e.g. Financial and non-financial.
  • Coordinate workshops for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs).
  • Oversee the development of small and medium scale Agro-processing programmes.
  • Manage identification of business entities with potential for Agro- processing.
  • Ensure that potential business entities are linked with relevant institutions for assistance and development.
  • Manage skills development programmes with relevant institutions e.g. Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation.

Enquiries: Mr N S Myeza Tel No: (035) 789 1035

Application Process

Applications can be submitted by post to Private Bag x 9132, Pietermaritzburg,
0001 or hand delivered to: 270 Jabu Ndlovu Street (formerly known as Loop

NOTE: African, Coloured, Indian and White Males and Coloured, Indian and White Females and Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: 05 December 2022 at 16:00

The application must include only completed and signed new Z83 Form,
obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the DPSA web site link: and a detailed Curriculum Vitae. Certified copies of Identity Document, Grade 12 Certificate and the highest required qualifications as well as a driver’s licence where necessary, will only be submitted by shortlisted candidates to Human Resources on or before the day of the interview date. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified.

Foreign qualifications must be accompanied by an evaluation report issued by SAQA. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have all foreign qualifications evaluated by SAQA and to provide proof of such evaluation report (only when shortlisted).

The requirements for appointment at SMS level include the successful completion of the Senior Management Pre-entry Programme as endorsed by the NSG. Prior to appointment, a candidate would be required to complete the Nyukela Programme: Pre-entry Certificate to Senior Management Services as endorsed by DPSA which is an online course, endorsed by the National School of Government (NSG). The course is available at the NSG under the name Certificate for entry into the SMS and the full details can be sourced by the following link: No appointment will take place without the successful completion of the pre-entry certificate and submission of proof thereof.

All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a technical exercise that intends to test relevant technical elements of the job, the logistics of which will be communicated by the Department. Following the interview and technical exercise, the selection panel will recommend candidates to attend a generic managerial competency assessment in compliance with the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Directive on the Implementation of Competency Based Assessments. The competency assessment will be testing generic managerial competencies using the mandated DPSA SMS competency assessment tools.

Applications: Please ensure that you submit your application before the closing date as no late applications will be considered. If you apply for more than 1 post, please submit separate applications for each post that you apply for.

Due to the large number of applications we envisage to receive, applications will not be acknowledged. Should you not be contacted within 3 months of the closing date of the advertisement, please consider your application to be unsuccessful. Should, during any stage of the recruitment process, a moratorium be placed on the filling of posts or the Department is affected by any process such as, but not limited to, restructuring or reorganisation of posts, the Department reserves the right to cancel the recruitment process and re-advertise the post at any time in the future.

Important: DALRRD is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity in DALRRD through the filling of posts. The Department reserves the right not to fill a position. Shortlisted candidates will be required to be available for assessments and interviews at a date and time as determined by the Department. All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to personnel suitability checks. The successful candidate will be subjected to undergo security vetting. DALRRD will conduct reference checks which may include social media profiles of the shortlisted candidates.

Applicants must declare any pending criminal, disciplinary or any other allegations or investigations against them. Should this be uncovered during / after the interview took place, the application will not be considered and in the unlikely event that the person has been appointed such appointment will be terminated. The successful candidate will be appointed subject to positive results of the security clearance process. The successful candidate will be required to enter into an employment contract and sign a performance agreement with the Department. All applicants are required to declare any conflict or perceived conflict of interest, to disclose memberships of Boards and directorships that they may be associated with.