SPEECHES: Remarks by the Director-General of the Department of Public Service and Administration, Mr Mashwahle Diphofa at the 9th CPSI conference, Cape Town

Date: 18 Aug 2015


Chief Executive Officers and the CEO of Innovation Hub, Mr McLean Sibanda,

Special Representative from the Office of the Prime Minister of Namibia,

Head of the Efficiency & Charter Unit Steven Isaack,

Senior Managers and other officials from Government,

particularly our portfolio institutions (DPSA, NSG, Public Service Commission & GEMS),

Our distinguished sponsors (Mustek, Datacentrix & Ubuntu),

Partners from the private, NGO and academic sectors,

Colleagues and Distinguished innovators,


On behalf of the Minister for the Public Service and Administration I warmly welcome all of you to this annual platform, the Public Sector Innovation Conference. As always we are genuinely humbled and empowered by your show of trust in the Conference itself. Your participation every year sends a very positive message, that is, you see value in the platform. Importantly, you understand and acknowledge that CPSI cannot do it alone, that it is not CPSI's playground and opportunity but yours. In other words we appreciate your taking ownership of this conference and for staying dedicated to making it work every year.

Purpose of the conference remains the same as in the years gone by:

  • Not to define public sector Innovation lest we are caught indulging in conceptual debates that do not touch on our concerns. The aim is to live this innovation and experience it through the various inputs that are going to be made and the tested innovative solutions that are going to be presented over the two days and the various those that are exhibited on the 2nd and 3rd Floors.
  • To continue with the consolidation of this platform for sharing
  • To provide opportunities for learning from those that are already living and benefiting from innovation
  • To identify solutions that address challenges similar to our own for possible replication
  • Share on challenges to public sector service delivery innovation & explore solutions collaboratively
  • To identify and interrogate challenges and dynamics that characterise our environments and that either enable or block our progress in the area of innovation
  • To explore partnerships and collaboration possibilities for maximum impact in terms of innovation

We present to you Minister and all in attendance this learning network of people who are totally committed to going an extra mile to achieve the outcomes of our government when it seems impossible to do so in ordinary, traditional ways.

The complexities in service delivery, the sophistication levels of our citizens leave us no choice but to modernise our approaches through innovation in line with the National Development Plan.

Again, the people/colleagues Minister have come from the lengths and breadths of our country, from most if not all the provinces, from most if not all departments and sectors, from all the 3 spheres of government. We also have amongst us partners from the private, NGO and academic sectors who will also be making inputs during the course of the Conference.

Our colleagues from the other SADC countries are here for a serious reason. Regional and Continental integration is of prime importance and these Countries support us greatly in our responsibilities.

In conclusion, let me stress again that today we celebrate the diversity in the audience because it is only when we are so mixed that we can pursue the realistic ideals of integration and cross-sector collaboration which are some of the foundations of public sector innovation.

I thank you

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