Senior management service conference 2009

Date: 10 Sep 2009 - 11 Sep 2009

Venue: Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom KZN

Aim of the annual conference

The overall aim of the conference is to create a platform and an opportunity for SMS members in the public service to convene as a group for the following reasons:


  • Allows SMS members to meet with their peers and to share experiences in order to adopt best practices.
  • Creates an opportunity for SMS members to meet and share experiences with international and continental speakers with regard to SMS issues.
  • Creates a space for business leaders to share business practices and principles that can benefit SMS members.

Motivational sessions

  • Creates an opportunity for SMS members to meet with the Minister for the Public Service and Administration (MPSA) and it gives the Minister an opportunity to address the delegates directly and collectively.
  • Creates an opportunity to meet other motivational speakers who can boost the morale of SMS members, including political leaders such as Ministers, MECs, Premiers, the Deputy President, and the President


  • Develops a culture of professional and ethical behaviour.
  • Promotes service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness in the Public Service.
  • Creates a forum for debate and discussion on professionalism in the senior management service.
  • Evaluates the new dispensation of the SMS in order to identify gaps and possible interventions.
  • Creates learning sessions for SMS members.
  • Reviews new developments in the SMS.

The 8th SMS Conference

Following the 7th SMS Conference in 2008, delegates showed a keen interest in taking leadership discussions into specific sectors. The dpsa would like to take the lead in this by utilising the SMS Conference as a structured platform for discussion on key arenas of service delivery and investigate some of the best practice as well as some of the challenges for purposes of gaining a more articulated view of where pockets of excellence exist and how SMS managers can capitalise on this to improve service delivery.

The over-arching theme of leadership will run through all future SMS conferences but the concentration will be sectorised.

The 8th SMS Conference will focus on leadership in the public health services sector, the intention for 2010 SMS Conference will thereafter focus on leadership within the education sector, and the intention for the following year will analyse leadership in infrastructure and transport. The main goal of the conference is to focus on pertinent issues that influence the level and quality of leadership within the specific sectors within the South African public service.

The theme for the 2009 SMS conference will be "Building collaborative leadership within the Public Health Sector." The theme aims to stimulate discussion on the various interventions made by government over the last 15 years of freedom and provide an understanding of the status of skills available as well as assess the initiatives directed at improving the skills of hospital managers.

The first day of the conference will assess some of the challenges in health as well as some of the successes: it will further illustrate best practice in public health and also consider effective partnerships between government and the private sector. The partnership being highlighted is between the Eastern Cape government and the Netcare group.

The workshops are expected to provide delegates with information regarding the state of the public service report specifically focusing on health delivery, the second Workshopwill focus on the South African health review and the strengthening of human resources and the third Workshopwill assess a case study of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

A gala dinner will be held on the evening of the first day, the President of the Republic of South Africa as well as the Mayor and Premier of the host province will be invited.

The second day of the conference will focus on effective human resource mechanisms. Guidelines for the promotion of good practice in health care professions will be discussed as well as remunerations aspects linked to the Occupational Specific Dispensation. Further to this the Human resources for health draft national strategy as well as capacity building initiatives will also be discussed.

The Conference also provides various platforms for discussions which attempts to look at the health care spectrum to address challenges and identify a practical way forward through recommendations.


Day 1

Sub-theme: "Understanding Management within the Health Sector in South Africa."

Chairperson: Ms R Makhubela, Chief Director: Department of Public Service and Administration

Day 2

Sub-theme: "Exploring Effective Management Strategies to Improve Health Services"

Chairperson: Ms V Nxasana: Acting Director-General: Department of Women, Youth, Children and People with disabilities

Last update: 31 August 2011

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