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Public servants are set to benefit from a skills programme to be
introduced to ensure the efficient delivery of services to citizens
in the country.
Plans include a compulsory induction and reorientation programme
and management and leadership development programmes to strengthen
the ranks of middle and senior management.
Skills development and support were some of the issues highlighted
at the Parliamentary Monitoring and Evaluation Briefing of the
Governance and Administration Cluster in Tshwane yesterday.
Speaking at the briefing, Public Service and Administration
Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said her department, in
conjunction with South African Management Development Institute
(SAMDI), was also looking at implementing a mentorship
"A programme of this nature has been in existence where interns
were the ones to be placed in it, now it will be extended to public
servants," said Minister Fraser-Moleketi.
This as capacity and organisation of the state was a key focal
point at the January Cabinet Lekgotla.
"In taking the January Cabinet Lekgotla forward the
President gave the Forum of South African Directors-General (FOSAD)
the task of conducting a review of the functioning of government
with proposals on the capacity of implementing agents, competence,
alignment of planning and implementation, and the mobilisation of
the public service to speed up social transformation," said Ms
In this regard a paper has been drafted, revised and presented to
FOSAD, and to an extended Cabinet meeting in April.
The paper will again be discussed by Cabinet this month.
Work is also underway to strengthen the human resource function in
government and a review of total remuneration packages of certain
occupations is underway.
This entails amendments to the Senior Management Service (SMS)
performance management and development system, and a simplified
system has been developed for other levels.
An integrated system of capturing and tracking skills development
is to be piloted in selected departments.
Meanwhile, to strengthen implementation capacity, seven national
departments and all provinces have made dedicated personnel
available to support the Project Consolidate initiative.
The initiative is a hands-on engagement by government to strengthen
implementation capacity at municipalities.
Fraser-Moleketi said a monitoring and evaluation system for Project
Consolidate had been developed while audits of the capacity of
municipalities to sustain Project Consolidate were being
Deadlines have been met for March and April and the FOSAD report
has being submitted to Cabinet for consideration, and having held a
Presidential Imbizo, and allocating personnel to Project
Consolidate; Minister Fraser-Moleketi declared that good initial
progress had been made. - BuaNews