MEDIA STATEMENTS

Min Muthambi calls on public servants to emulate OR Tambo

Date: 24 May 2017

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi calls on public servants to emulate the selfless life of service of the late African National Congress (ANC) longest-serving President, OR Tambo.

Delivering her Budget vote speech at the Old National Assembly Chamber in Cape Town on Wednesday, Minister Muthambi said: “in honour of President Oliver Reginald Tambo and during the centenary since his birth, we dedicate this [budget] vote to the hundreds of thousands of public servants who have chosen the path to emulate his selfless life of service.

“Our struggle has entered a phase which marks the final days of the white monopoly dominated system.

“To move us further in that phase we require a new, innovative, self-less and inspired type of public service, in the mould of OR Tambo.

We seek to promote an integrity driven public service, in the footsteps of OR Tambo.

Radical Socio Economic Transformation

Minister Muthambi said the budget vote seeks to address radical socio economic transformation agenda in the longer term, adding that it does adhere to the medium term aspirations as contained in the National Development Plan (NDP).

The NDP builds the foundation for an efficient, effective and development oriented Public Service as part of a capable and developmental state, which can facilitate and implement a radical socio economic transformation.

INNOVATIVE PUBLIC SERVANTS

According to Minister Muthambi, inclusion, participation and empowerment will require an innovative public service which is accessible to all citizens.

In advancing this, Minister Muthambi said the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI), will partner with various institutions within the health, safety and security and education spheres in order to collaborate on the development of prototypes as well as nurturing and sustaining a public service innovation and learning culture.

The Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) is a cross-cutting facility of government aimed at entrenching and driving the culture and practice of innovation in the public sector to address service de-livery challenges.

“These collaborations will include the development and implementation of the multimedia innovation centre as well as an innovation journal.

“Going forward, we will also pay greater attention to the governance and accountability measures at the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) with the aim of rendering greater effectiveness and broader participation,” she said.

Revival of National Anti-Corruption Forum

Lastweek, Friday, Minister Muthambi revived the National Anti-Corruption Forum which is comprised of government, business and civil society with the view of fighting corruption.

The NACF was established in 2001 by government, business and civil society with the main aim of preventing and combating all forms of combating corrupt activities in the country.

However, the last activity of the NACF was its fourth national anti-corruption summit in December 2011, while its last EXCO meeting was held in November 2012.

One of the objectives of the NACF is to advise government on national initiatives on the implementation of strategies to combat corruption. The Public Service Commission is assigned the Secretariat responsibilities of the Forum.

Financial Disclosure Forms

Minister Muthambi said that she was pleased to note the progress recorded during the 2016/2017 financial year, wherein five provinces and 35 national departments achieved 100% submission rate of financial disclosure forms.

“This is the highest submission rate by both the national and provincial departments since the inception of the Financial Disclosure Framework in 1999. For the financial year ending 30 April 2016, 92% of Senior Managers filed their disclosures on time.

“The introduction of the eDisclosure, an electronic format of submitting financial disclosures, has assisted in increasing compliance rate.

“These efforts will be complemented by further actions in relation to the vexing challenge of non-submission of financial disclosure forms by the due date of 31 May,” she said.

Budget Vote Allocations

Department of Public Service and Administration: R456 919m; Public Service Commission: R 245 664m; National School of Government: R160 506m; and Centre for Public Service Innovation R34 055m.

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For more information contact Departmental Spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba @ 082 885 9448. #dpsabudgetvote.

Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA). May 24, 2017.


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