Former Public Service and Administration Minister Dr Zola Skweyiya was honored posthumously with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) for his distinguished service in shaping the country‚Äôs post apartheid public service. Dr Skweyiya was awarded the Lifetime Achievement honors jointly with former Public Service Commission Chairperson Prof Stan Sangweni.
Minister for the Public Service and Administration Ms Ayanda Dlodlo and Cogta Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize were among the throng of dignitaries who graced the event hosted at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria this past Thursday.
In presenting the Lifetime Achievement Awards to Dr Skweyiya (Posthumously) and Prof Sangweni, Minister Dlodlo lauded the South African Association of Public Administration and Management for recognizing the former Minister and the former PSC Chairperson.
"Under the leadership of Dr Skweyiya and Prof Sangweni, the groundwork was set to transform the Public Service machinery to be a kind that serves all South Africans, irrespective of color, creed or kinship"
Minister Dlodlo was delighted that the South African Association of Public Administration and Management took the initiative to honor these public service giants, who have worked hard to build a sound and credible administration that is based on the values and principles of our constitution.
In his recipient speech on his and Dr Skweyiya's behalf, Prof Sangweni commended the central role Dr Skweyiya played in building an ethical and sound Public Service. He made an impassioned plea to all members of the Executive, Public service employees, Board members and officials of Public enterprises that in all their actions and conduct, they must discharge their duties with the highest standard of professional ethics and integrity.
Minister Dlodlo used the opportunity to urge all Public Servants to support the President of the Republic both in word and deed in his commitment to revive the spirit of service in the public service but most importantly, to position the public service as a public services provider of first choice to citizens.