Africa Public Service Day 2013

"Africa Public Service in the Age of Open Government: Giving Voice to the Citizens"

Date: 28 Jun 2013

Venue: Velmore Hotel, Erusmia - Pretoria West

Background / rationale

The government, public servants, public service institutions, academia and citizens in South Africa and across the Continent will celebrate and mark the 2013 APSD. APSD is now an entrenched strategic event in the African Union Calendar. Commemoration of the day originates from the conference of African Minister's for Public/Civil Service held in Tangier, Morocco in 1994, where it was agreed that; 23rd June every year should be celebrated as the Africa Public Service. In order to facilitate implementation; the celebrations are held biennially in the Continent and annually by member countries.

The adopted Theme for the 2013 APSD celebration across the Continent is as follows:

"African Public Service in the Age of Open Government: Giving Voice to Citizens".

The Sub-Themes to guide the conversations and exhibitions are:

  • "Strengthening Citizen Participation"
  • "Enhancing Accountability, transparency and integrity" and
  • " Enhancing Access to Information"


The APSD aims at discovering innovations, reward excellence in the public sector; motivate public servants to further promote innovation; enhance professionalism in the public service; raise the image of public service; enhance trust in government; collect, document, share best practices for possible replication within a country as well as across the African Continent. The South African 2013 celebrations will be held in Gauteng on 28 June 2013 at Velmore Hotel in Erusmia (Pretoria West).

Intended audience

5 delegates per department including Batho Pele Coordinators (National, Provincial and Local Government).


All departments to cover expenditure of their staff members.

Last update: 25 June 2013

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