MEDIA STATEMENTS: Minister Padayachie determined to implement public service machinery with skilled public servants at the helm

Date: 2 May 2012

Cape Town

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Minister for the Public Service and Administration Mr. Roy Padayachie today reiterated government’s commitment to implement an effective and efficient public service that will ensure that public servants are appropriately skilled to render services to citizens as well as rendering of services with speed and at a lower cost.

Minister Padayachie was briefing the Portfolio Committee for Public Service and Administration today in Cape Town on the Strategic Plan and Budget Vote for the Ministry to be delivered on 15 May 2012.

He told the Committee that the Ministry has adopted Five Strategic Focus Areas that are drawn from the Delivery Agreement for Outcome 12 and the plans of all the portfolio institutions. The Five Strategic Focus Areas seek to strengthen access to service delivery to citizens; improve internal efficiency of the public service; implement the turn-around strategy of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA); accelerate training and development of a Public Service Cadre and the repositioning of Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA) into a School of Government; and to fight corruption in the public service.

"In addition to the Five Strategic Focus Areas, we have decided to roll out four campaign programmes that will include instilling ethos of public service aimed at inculcating a new culture of responsiveness, dedication and patriotic commitment in the minds of public servants as part of a strategy of building a public service cadre" said the Minister.

Other additional campaign programmes include the fight against corruption that will profile government efforts in dealing with the scourge; the modernisation of the public service and public participation.

Minister Padayachie emphasised that as part of bringing government services closer to the people, the department needs to speed up the connectivity of Thusong Services Centres. To date the DPSA together with SITA have connected 96 of the 123 Thusong Services Centres with the focus now shifting to schools to provide a platform for educators to be able to deliver lessons to other learners especially where there is shortage of qualified teachers.

Issued by the Ministry for Public Service and Administration

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Mr Dumisani Nkwamba, 012 336 1704/ 082 885 9448/

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