MEDIA STATEMENTS: Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPS) Public Sector Conference 2014

Date: 18 Aug 2014

The Minister for Public Service and Administration, Mr Collins Chabane and the CEO of the Centre for Public Service Innovation, Ms Thuli Radebe will host the 8th Annual CPSI Public Sector Conference 2014 from 19th to 20th August 2014 at the Westin Hotel, Western Cape. The theme for the conference is "Building an Innovative State Machinery for Maximised Service Delivery Impact". The Conference is one of the important platforms that the organisation uses to effectively drive its strategic mandate to champion innovation in the public sector.

The theme of this year's conference highlights the importance of adopting innovation as a key requirement for achieving government's priorities in line with the National Development Plan. It reinforces the need for Government to consolidate its various functions into a symmetrical and integrated state machinery in which all state entities across the three spheres of government collaborate to tackle service delivery and governance challenges innovatively.

The CPSI Conference will highlight the National Development Plan (NDP) as a roadmap that 'places a higher premium on making specific choices that can launch the country onto a higher growth trajectory'. In terms of Vision 2030 as outlined in the NDP, South Africa would have to make major adjustments both at policy and operational levels to facilitate the safeguarding of citizens' health, wellbeing, security, education, jobs and to combat poverty.

The South African Government's competitiveness will rely on an active programme of Innovation that permeates the fabric of the public sector, business and society.

This conference will expose the public sector and its strategic partners to innovation opportunities and strategies, through sharing of knowledge and experiences. It will provide a strategic opportunity for the Public Sector and stakeholders in business, academia and civil society to collectively explore a range of areas where SA government can and should deliver services in creative and cost effective ways.

A number of high-level presentations will draw insights from a wide range of experts and practitioners. As part of the conference, the CPSI has also selected prime case studies that demonstrate how innovation can transform service delivery. The conference will further propel all spheres of government to see innovation as a critical factor in transforming government approaches and showcase already existing technologies that citizens use in their daily lives, that government can take advantage of to deliver services and it will.

The conference will be graced by the honorable Minister for Public Service and Administration, Mr Chabane who will deliver a key note address on innovation in the public sector. Amongst other esteemed guests at the conference will be Dr Carsten Mann, Head of Innovation division at the Centre for Technology and Society - Technische Universität, who will provide an international perspective on innovation and governance.

As one of its major highlights, the conference is expected to feature a Ministerial Roundtable where Minister Chabane will engage with a number of Cabinet Ministers on various issues pertaining to service delivery and innovation in the public service.


Brent Simons: 0763157330 Tel: 012 336 1160 E-mail:

Issued by GCIS on behalf of

The Department of Public Service and Administration

18 August 2014

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