Deputy Minister Chikunga interacting with personnel at the hospital

There is an urgent need to reshape the public service space, says Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister,  Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga.

The Deputy Minister on Monday visited Kwazulu-Natal as part of commemorating Public Service Month Under the theme: “Khawuleza, Taking Services to the People: We Belong, We Care, We Serve.”

Addressing public servants at Ngwelezane Hospital, Deputy Minister Chikunga said, “in reshaping the public service, we need to minimize the high costs of litigation, fight corruption in supply chain processes, curb appointing unqualified individuals and in hospitals particularly, guard against corrupt practices in the dispensary.

Speaking on the condition of the hospital, Deputy Minister Chikunga said the onus is on public servants to ensure that Ngwelezane Hospital goes back to its former glory of delivering basic health services to citizens.

She said the DPSA is entrusted with the responsibility to oversee the implementation of the Public Service Charter across the public service and will be involved in assisting the hospital with monitoring and evaluation.

“Since the public Service Charter is about service delivery transformation, it was deemed necessary to integrate the implementation of the charter into the Batho Pele Programme.

“Existing structures within the Public Service have been identified as mechanisms to be used to popularize the Public Service Charter,” she said.

The Public Service Charter enables citizens to understand what they can expect from the State and what will form the basis for engagement between government and citizens or organs of civil society.