Date: 5 Sep 2005 - 6 Sep 2005
Venue: Indaba Hotel, Fourways
Sub theme: Capacity requirements for sustainable growth and development
The first day of the Conference will be devoted to presentations on key programmes and challenges relating to the capacity requirements of the Public Service to deliver on sustainable growth and development. There will be high-level political and strategic presentations and critical assessment of government capacity needs, a look at the macro-organisation and functional configuration of the state and the new intergovernmental framework, progress in relation to delivering on the government's programme of action and the role of senior managers in building the capability of the state in delivering on its programme of action. In the afternoon various clusters will make presentations on their programmes, followed by interrogation and discussions on how best to build capacity to deliver on them.
The Director-General: Public Service and Administration, Professor Richard Levin, will outline the purpose and objectives of the SMS Conference, where we come from, where we are going and identify key issues that the Conference must grapple with.
Keynote address: The Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, will give a keynote address, setting the tone for the Conference. The Minister will outline a critical assessment of the organisation and capacity of the state, outline how the G&A cluster at a political level is responding to these, and the role senior managers must play in ensuring a better resourced and capacitated Public Service.
The macro-organisation of the state - strengthening the three tiers of government: The three tiers of government have to work together closely in a better co-ordinated and integrated way to deliver on government's development programmes. Minister Sydney Mufamadi will outline the key tenents of the new inter-governmental relations framework and the challenges of making it work. The Minister will also outline the challenges of making service delivery work at the local government level, and how senior managers should respond to community needs.
Macro- economic policy and spending - medium to long term growth and development objectives, infrastructure and implementation capacity: The 2010 Soccer World Cup is the biggest event South Africa will ever host, and major economic and investment opportunities and challenges will face the country in this regard. The Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Jabu Moleketi, will outline challenges and prospects of economic development and investment and what capabilities the Public Service will need to deliver on this big project.
Communicating government's vision and mobilising the Public Service in implementing government's programme of action: The Deputy Chief Executive Officer in Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS), Mr Tony Trew, will present some key initiatives that government has put in place to communicate and interact with the public, and will provide a critical assessment of these initiatives. He will highlight key challenges in communicating government's vision, policies and programmes and the role of senior managers thereof.
Chairperson: Mr D Hindle: Director-General, Department of Education
Sub theme: Unblocking the implementation of priorities
Chairperson: Mr K Ngema: Deputy Director-General, Department of Public Service and Administration
The second day of the Conference will be devoted to interrogation of strategies to unblock the implementation of development priorities and identify key levers to take government service delivery to new heights. These will draw international experiences of making state institutions function better in an effective way, address the challenge of building a solid skills base and foundation, building effective partnerships and using them as levers for accelerated growth and development. Integration and delivery on massive infrastructure development projects and continental programmes, will also be addressed.
Aligning state institutions to enhance and accelerate implementation - the Singapore experience: Better and more streamlined alignment of state institutions is a critical challenge facing the Public Service. Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, Dean and CEO of the Civil Service College in Singapore, will present a case study on how Singapore has dealt with the challenge, how implementation was enhanced and what lessons South Africa can learn from that experience.
Implementing an effective performance monitoring system - the Botswana experience: An effective performance monitoring system is a key ingredient to effective and efficient implementation. Over the past few years a performance management and monitoring system has been implemented in the South African Public Service, the results of which have been rather mixed. Mr Elias Mogotsi, Co-ordinator, Public Service Reforms in Botswana will share the experience of Botswana in implementing the system, and highlight how the system has assisted in tracking government's implementation effectiveness and impact.
Building a solid skills base for sustainable growth and development: Skills development that is aligned to the growth and development priorities of the country will form a critical backbone in the next few years, and the Department of Education, working with other departments and agencies, is a key player responsible for undertaking this enormous task. Deputy Director-General (Further Education and Training), Ms Penny Vinjevold will highlight key initiatives that the Department is embarking on in the areas of curriculum development, innovations and further education and training. She will outline and highlight the key challenges, constraints and mechanisms to be overcome in this regard.
Challenges of cross sector integration with particular reference to the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP): Different levels of government have to work closely together to implement development programmes that are integrated in nature and form. This is an enormous challenge. Mr Ishmael Okhalwaya, Co-ordinator EPWP will highlight some of the challenges with particular reference to government's biggest development and job-creation programme by far. He will draw lessons from this programme on how best cross integration can be achieved and the responsibility of stewardship and leadership in this regard.
The growth and development summit declarations - two years down the line, a reflection and the road ahead, It is just over two years since Nedlac convened the growth and development summit, committing various partners to social dialogue and working together to address the economic and development challenges facing the country. The Executive Director of Nedlac, Mr Herbert Mkhize, will give a critical reflection and assessment on the road traveled thus far and highlight some of the agreements reached. The value and contribution of government as a social partner and Nedlac's programme of action will further be highlighted.
Towards accelerated growth and development - infrastructure investment and rollout challenges, Transnet is one of the key state owned enterprises that have been mandated to drive growth and development. It is embarking on a massive investment drive of major infrastructure in freight operations and national logistic systems to the value of R40 billion over the next five years. The Group Executive, Strategy and Transformation, Mr Pradeep Maharaj will highlight the key features of this investment drive and how it will assist in ensuring growth and development and enable development and implementation of government priorities to take place.
South Africa's role in the African continent - taking the lead in Africa's development, The Co-ordinator: Governance Peace and Security of the Nepad Secretariat, Dr Cunningham Ngcukana will map out the envisaged role of South Africa, particularly the public sector, in building the capacity of the continent to achieve accelerated growth and development. He will provide a critical reflection on Nepad's achievements and challenges.
1st Session: Aligning state institutions and accelerating the performance of the state
2nd Session: Building a second economy
3rd Session: Towards a trajectory of accelerated growth