Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo attended the re-launch of the Public Service Census in The Democratic Republic of Congo held on October 5th. This is a joint project between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Public Service Census project is aimed at establishing an accurate and secured database for the management of the Public Administration human resources in the DRC, managed by the DPSA on behalf of South Africa.
This re-launch took place in Katanga Province, at the Office of the Governor, Mr Moise Katumbi Chapwe.
Deputy Minister Dlodlo applauded the DRC's recent Public Service Reform Strategic Framework and re-affirmed South Africa's commitment to support the DRC's vision towards a modernised public service that is responsive to the needs of its citizens.
During his welcoming speech, Mr Moise Katumbi Chapwe expressed his gratitude for the Deputy Minister's presence and her continued commitment to advance the good relations between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
During the visit, the Deputy Minister, together with Minister for Civil Service (DRC), Jean-Claude Kibala visited an operational Public Census Site, where the Ministers were able to experience directly how the public service census is conducted.
The public service census in Katanga will be completed within 45 days and immediately after its completion the same process will be rolled out in other provinces such as South Kivu, Province Orientale and Equateur with the view to have the project finalised by the end of 2013.
Deputy Minister Dlodlo also visited Kasumbalesa One-Stop Border Facility, the border between the DRC and Zambia. This facility uses the latest IT systems which enable the Government and other agencies to improve the monitoring of illegal items and trafficking, hazardous goods, livestock and matters relating to cold storage.