Public Service and Administration Minister, Ms Noxolo Kiviet

The Department of Public Service and Administration today, Friday, March 15, briefed the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration about the revised Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) for Heads of Department (HODs), led by Public Service and Administration Minister, Ms Noxolo Kiviet.

The revised PMDS for HODs is a milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance the professionalization and effectiveness of the public service in South Africa.

The framework aligns with the government’s vision of “Growing South Africa together for a capable and ethical public service.”

The DPSA highlighted that while this is a work in progress, effective planning and performance management are critical pillars of the framework for the professionalisation of the public service.

The revised PMDS aims to address the current challenges faced by HODs in their roles and responsibilities.

During the presentation, the DPSA discussed the key changes proposed in the revised PMDS which include:

  • Standardised key result areas for Directors-General (DGs) and Heads of Departments (HoDs).
  • Introduction of a 360-degree feedback mechanism to provide a comprehensive assessment of performance.
  • Inclusion of experts in the evaluation panels to ensure a fair and objective evaluation process.
  • Addressing challenges related to the political-administrative interface.

The DPSA recognizes the importance of collaboration and engagement with stakeholders in the development and implementation of the PMDS.

The Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) together with the DPSA have actively sought feedback from HoDs and conducted interviews and surveys to identify areas that require improvement.

According to Minister Kiviet, such inputs have been instrumental in shaping the revised PMDS, adding that the revised PMDS will come into effect on April 1, 2024.

“The Department will work closely with the DPME and other relevant entities to facilitate the smooth implementation of the PMDS.

“Capacitation programs and training initiatives will be conducted to ensure that HODs and coordinators are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills.

“The DPSA remains committed to promoting a capable and ethical public service that delivers quality services to the citizens of South Africa. The revised PMDS for HODs is a crucial step towards achieving this goal,” she said.