DPSA IN THE MEDIA

Last of ODP seminars spells new beginning for public service management

Date: 24 Oct 2011

Management inconsistencies in the public service are soon to be a thing of the past now that the DPSA has concluded its countrywide Organizational Design Principles and Processes (ODP) consultative workshops.

Minister for Public Service and Administration, Mr Richard Baloyi and his team of senior managers conducted the last forum in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, bringing to a close to a year-long campaign of engaging provinces on the Government's drive to bring uniformity in how public service is administered.

The crusade had emanated from a Cabinet request to Minister Baloyi in November 2010 to look into management anomalies in the public service, engage provinces for inputs and come up with turnaround solutions.

These variances 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 irreconcilable 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 or department to the other, where they believe conditions and remuneration are better.

The final consultative at the KwaZulu-Natal Premier's Office ushered in the next step of compiling a comprehensive report which Minister Baloyi will then table to Cabinet for consideration.

Zingisile Mapazi

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