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R1.4m for Joburg’s powerful chief of staff with ‘just a matric’

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R1.4m for Joburg’s powerful chief of staff with ‘just a matric’

Based on Gregory Daniels’s appointment document, he was hired despite not providing proof of matric or tertiary studies

Graeme Hosken, Tankiso Makhetha and Aron Hyman

Forced to eat humble pie and issue a written apology within a month of his appointment to a R1.4m a year job as chief of staff to the City of Johannesburg’s speaker, Gregory Daniels is now ruffling feathers with queries as to whether he is qualified for the job.

Despite questions about Daniels’s appointment and lack of tertiary qualifications, city officials say it is in line with their HR appointment policies for political posts.

A chief of staff is a political appointment, with various governance officials telling Sunday Times Daily that qualifications, suitability and experience are often overlooked by those who do the hiring. Those hired, as in Daniels’s appointment, are often headhunted...

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