Administration is responsible for providing policy and strategic leadership to the public service to enhance the public service's ability to deliver on Government's priorities and objectives.
This programme since 2005 comprised the Ministry and Communications, Community Development Workers Programme, the Office of the Director-General, Legal Services, Corporate Management and Internal Audit. Beginning of 2009-2010 with organizational restructuring and the appointment of new Minister Richard Baloyi the Administration is comprised of: Office of the DG, Operations Branch headed by the COO and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. The Office of the DG places an important role in intergovernmental relations through the chairing of the Governance and Administration Cluster. Below is a brief history of Governance and Administration Cluster.
The Governance and Administration (G&A) Cluster is one of the clusters of the Forum of South African Directors-General (FOSAD) established in 1998. It meets once a month and it is accountable to the Cabinet Committee on Governance and Administration. The FOSAD Clusters are responsible for implementing the Programme of Action (POA) of government which is informed by the electoral mandate of the ruling party as well as the decisions of Cabinet Makgotla and pronouncements from the State of the Nation address. The FOSAD Clusters are also responsible for ensuring integrated service delivery across all three spheres of government.
The G&A Cluster is co-chaired by the Directors-General of department of Public Service and Administration (dpsa) and Provincial and Local Government (dplg). Other key departments that constitute the G&A Cluster include the Presidency, the National Treasury, the South African Management Development Institute, the Government Communication and Information System, Statistics South Africa, the department of Home Affairs as well as nine Offices of the Premier.
The PoA of the G&A Cluster for 2008 has four broad policy areas, namely Good Governance, Capacity of the State, Macro Organisation of the State and Transversal Systems. The POA for 2008 include three Apex Projects, namely Project 15: Regularize Employment and signing of PAs (dpsa), Project 16: Integrated Planning across all three spheres of government and Project 17: Improve Civic Services.
Good Governance includes Anti-Corruption projects, Community Development Workers, Batho Pele as well as Disability and Gender projects. The Capacity of the State focuses mainly on the Five Year Strategic Local Agenda, Capacity Development Programmes and Skills Development. Macro-organization of the State includes the Single Public Service, e-Government projects; whilst Transversal Systems focuses on the strengthening of the Government-wide Monitoring and Evaluation System and the implementation of the National Statistics System.
The implementation of the POA of Government is supported by the technical committee of the Cluster which is called the G&A Working Session and other task teams focusing on the Single Public Service, Community Development Workers and Government-wide Monitoring and Evaluation. The G&A Cluster also has a secretariat which is located in the Offices of the Director-General: dpsa and dplg. It provides both administrative and content support on the work of the cluster.
Each year the G&A Cluster provides four progress reports on the implementation of the PoA of Government to the Cabinet Committee on Governance and Administration as well as to Cabinet. The G&A Cluster also prepares two comprehensive reports covering strategic projects of Government to Cabinet Makgotla.Last update: 27 January 2011