The Public Service Commissioner’s chairperson, Adv Richard Sizani described their first meeting with Pubic Service and Administration Minister, Faith Muthambi as a great success.
Minister Muthambi met with the Commissioners at the national office of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in Pretoria on Monday, June 19.
“The significance of our meeting was basically for the Minister to hear what are the challenges and the roles of the commission as well as how we can work together with her office.
“This is the first meeting we had with the executive authority, and indeed, it was a great success, we discussed every issue one by one and found solutions as well as the way forward about dealing with that.
“The entire commission is extremely excited about the interaction with the minister. In the past, the Department never showed any attitude of consulting with the PSC, thanks so much for the Minister for the support,” he said.
Adv Sizani said part of the outcomes of the meeting is that the Minister will be reporting some of the challenges to the President, adding that in so doing, she will be creating a platform for the commission to interact with the President who is the appointing authority of the commission.
“Now the Minister understand fully what are the challenges facing the commission,” he said.
PSC Director-General, Dovhani Mamphiswana said: “For us, it was very important to meet with Minister Muthambi, where our deliberations were focused on budgetary matters, office space. We are hoping that going forward, she will assist the commission with the resources which are going to assist the commission to execute its mandate effectively.”
In her closing remarks, Minister Muthambi said: “my meeting with the PSC commissioners was beneficial and checking the monthly performance of the commission it must not be seen as an interference.”
Functioning of the PSC
The PSC has operationlised its wide mandate around six key performance areas, which are public service labour and practices enhanced through timely investigation of all properly referred grievances and provision of best practices; to identify and promote sound human resource management and leadership practices in public administration; to provide institutional assessments and programme evaluations that support policy and management decisions.
To investigate and improve public administration practices and to make recommendations to departments on the promotion of good governance and issue directions regarding compliance with the Public Service Act and to promote ethical conduct amongst public servants through the management of the Financial Disclosure Framework (FDF), and provide advice on professional and ethical conduct in the Public Service.
Minister Muthambi with commissioners of Public Service Commission during their first meeting since the minister joined the Public Service and Administration