Fri, 10 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT | By Sapa

New Government School To Improve Skills And Ethics

Government will establish its own government school in order to improve skills, ethics and professionalism in the public sector, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday.

School (© Gallo Images)

"This school will educate, train, professionalise and develop a highly capable, skilled, socially and committed public service cadreship with a sense of national duty and a common culture and ethos," Sisulu said in a speech prepared for delivery.

"As a recognition of our public need that there is a ‘competency gap filling' among public servants that is urgent, the school will be established before the end of October this year."

"Our new school of government will as a consequence seek to institutionalise a culture of professionalism and innovative thinking within the public service and serve as a catalyst for reform" she said.

Sisulu said regardless of a person's political orientation, religious background, rank or seniority "for as long as you are a public servant you will attend this school."

She told the Tshwane branch of the Black Management Forum that government existed to meet the basic needs of people.

"Governments exist fundamentally to meet the basic and human needs of its people and to create an environment where they can exercise their right to life and right to freedom."

However, government had experienced complexities as a result of influences of the global economic and fiscal crises.

Sisulu said the National Development Plan identified that the country needed to improve its efficiency in the state machinery.

She said to achieve the developmental state discussed in the NDP, government must ensure that state administration at all levels was effective, efficient, professional and capable.

The first space at which government moved was to engage labour through the 2012 collective agreement, she said.

"We jointly committed that our citizens are entitled to have a professional public service rewarded for hard work," she said.

To professionalise the public sector, government took a decision to investigate salary levels to ensure that public servants were appropriately remunerated.

"Here the notion of equal work for equal pay has been mooted."

An office of standards of compliance had since been established with the department to promote a high standard of professional ethics and compliance to norms and standards across the public service.

"Our view is that this office will detect, intervene and assist in developing managerial and supervisory systems, especially in the areas of human resource and financial management" Sisulu said.

"Our view is that our citizens' contact and access to public services and goods must be similar across the length and breadth of our country, irrespective of whether it is in a metropole or rural village."

national conversation

news features


    A retrospective mortality study conducted by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) among Central African refugees in Sido, Chad, reveals extreme levels of death during a violent crackdown against the Central African Republic’s (CAR) Muslim minority.

  • Dystopian fantasy distracts from our dystopian reality

    Two millennia ago the Roman commentator Juvenal wrote of “panem et circensis,” bread and circuses, to demonstrate how the masses had abandoned political responsibility in exchange for full bellies and extreme entertainment. In Juvenal’s times entertainment was of the gladiatorial variety.

  • Van Zijl at it again – for charity and Madiba

    Serial record breaker Andre van Zijl, who has broken 43 different world records of the less common variety, is at it again as he seeks to cycle 6,700km on a spinning bike while sitting in a car.

  • South Sudan crisis  REUTERS

    Children in parts of South Sudan are suffering from shocking rates of malnutrition, the Doctors Without Borders said on Tuesday.

  • MSF racing against time in Ebola outbreak

    Over the last two weeks, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has treated more than 70 patients with symptoms resembling those of Ebola in Kailahun treatment centre, eastern Sierra Leone. MSF is concerned about a possible increase in patients in the coming weeks, as teams on the ground are working to find people who have the virus.

Download Skype
Visit for more news on Now!