DPSA IN THE MEDIA: ODP seminars on public service consistency nearing conclusion

Date: 11 Oct 2011

The DPSA's countrywide Organizational Design Principles and Processes (ODP) consultative road show is nearing its completion, with all but one province (KwaZulu-Natal) left.

Minister for Public Service and Administration, Mr Richard Baloyi and his team of senior managers visited Limpopo on October 10 where they met Premier Cassel Mathale and his Members of Executive Committee in Polokwane.

The Ministry has been conducting workshops engaging provinces on the Government's planned efforts to bring uniformity in how public service is managed.

This emanates from a Cabinet request to Minister Baloyi in November 2010 to look into management inconsistencies in the public service, engage provinces for inputs and come up with turnaround solutions.

These anomalies relate to the absence of clear definitions of reporting lines, authority, chain of command and span of control among others which are currently either interpreted differently from one department to the other in the provinces or not followed to the letter in their implementation.

The objective is to try and centralize job grading and do away with scenarios where officials of the same level have incompatible responsibilities, or those performing precisely same duties are graded differently and earn conflicting remuneration, depending on which province they are.

These discrepancies have often resulted in the exodus of public servants from one province to the other, where they believe conditions and remuneration are better.

After almost a year of workshops and consultations around the country, the Minister and his team's last stop will be in KwaZulu-Natal after which a comprehensive report will be tabled to Cabinet for consideration.

Zingisile Mapazi

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