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DPSA to host financial performance-focused dialogue

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The Department of Public Service and Administration will host a dialogue, which will focus on providing a sound basis for effective financial management and organisational performance in state institutions .

The dialogue, which will mainly deliberate on measures to improve the financial and organisational performance systems, will be held virtually on Thursday, 09 September 2021 as part of the integrated Public Service Month.

Financial management ranges from daily cash management through to the formulation of long-term financial objectives, policies and strategies in support of the strategic and operational plans of the department.

The Office of the Auditor- General, National Treasury and the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation are all scheduled to share ideas on how to improve state institutions performance on annual audits, strengthening state capacity through the procurement Bill, and the government-wide system of planning, monitoring and evaluation.

They will also touch on the successful implementation of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).

Public Service Month

In South Africa, September marks Public Service Month, which is an integrated strategic national event in the calender of the Department of Public Service and Administration.

The Public Service Month serves as a reminder of what it means to serve communities and to also look at the impact the government has especially around issues of service delivery.

This year, Public Service Month is celebrated under the theme: “The Year of Charlotte Maxeke-a resilient public service responsive to the coronavirus pandemic”.

The theme seeks to celebrate the life of the late liberation struggle hero, Maxeke through emulating the ethos and values that she espoused as a public servant as reflected in the Public Service Charter.

It includes the planning and control of capital expenditure, working capital management, interaction with the relevant Treasury, funding and performance decisions.

It supervises the supporting financial and management accounting functions, which are predominantly concerned with the collection, processing and provision of financial information and the planning, operation and control of the supporting financial information systems.

Financial management in the public service

Public Service has a critical role to play to deliver the goods and services required to accelerate economic growth, reduce poverty, inequality and improve the lives of all South Africans.

Public financial management capacity is at the core of good governance and lies at the heart of effective service delivery and it is directly linked to opportunities for democratic governance and the ability to fight corruption.