PSM September 2022

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PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGER

THE MAGAZINE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR DECISION-MAKERS

THE MAGAZINE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR DECISION-MAKERS

Honesty and Integrity key to achieving clean audits

New Act:

changing Gauteng’s township economy

DPSA:

support for women in leadership

SEPTEMBER 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022


Contents: September 2022

REGULARS

16

Trailblazer

LIFESTYLE

22

Young medical doctor chooses to

Profiles in leadership

Driving an inclusive economy in Gauteng

10

FEATURES 18

Public servants delivering amid serious

Msomi continues to achieve clean 20

From the Union Buildings

40

Food and wine

Discovering treasure in Morgan Bay

Delicious South African delicacies

28

Professionalising the Public Service

30

Fallen police officers honoured

Fully funded courses for public servants

New Act set to revitalise Gauteng

No place in society for those who kill

township economy

The Struggle to give South Africa a

police officers

Creating equality through economic

more human face 14

Travel

constraints

audits 12

38

Within the finer prints

Public service has skilled, competent and resourceful officials

Women in the public sector

Grooming and style

36

serve the people 8

36

growth

Conversations with leaders

DG Makhasi living by the Batho Pele

32 22

Public Sector Women in Leadership Network

Celebrating South African heritage

Empowering and inspiring women in

through tourism

principles

senior management

Culture as a tourism magnet 26

Championing the rights

34

Tourism sector recovery

An increase in the number people

of SA’s youth

visiting national parks

No challenge is insurmountable

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UNITE AGAINST CORRUPTION

T U O K SPEA NOW!

30916 086 726 1681 siu@thehotline.co.za www.thehotline.co.za www.thehotlineapp.co.za

Report corruption in government, municipalities and state owned entities to the SIU SIU Hotline: 0800 037 774 @RSASIU Special Investigating Unit


MINISTER MONDLI GUNGUBELE’S MESSAGE XXX

Let us unite in the fight against crime C

Given our nation’s socio-

rime and corruption are strangling South Africa –

economic challenges, changing

draining state coffers and

the narrative will not be a quick

driving people to look elsewhere to

fix, but government continues to

live and invest.

provide mechanisms to support

Recently released crime

the fight against crime.

statistics for April to June 2022,

Measures taken include the

show that 855 women and 243

strengthening of the Asset

children were killed and 6 424

Forfeiture Unit, Specialised Com-

people were murdered – a year-

mercial Crimes Unit, Directorate

on-year increase of 664. Almost

for Priority Crime Investigation

500 fewer rapes were reported,

(Hawks) and the multidiscipli-

but it should be noted that 9 516

nary Fusion Centre – which ad-

reported rapes in three months

dresses priority financial crimes,

remains unacceptable.

as well as the establishment of the Investigating Directorate in

Behind each statistic are people whose lives are impacted

the National Prosecuting Au-

– who suffer flashbacks and live

thority (NPA) to handle serious

with an increased level of fear.

corruption, and a specialised court for civil cases arising from

The figures released by the South African Police Service

investigations by the Special

(SAPS) each quarter both inform

Investigating Unit (SIU).

crime-fighting policy and plans,

Mondli Gungubele Minister in The Presidency

4

The success of these interven-

and maintain public transpar-

tions is evident in the increased

ency. However, we do not need

number of people arrested

them to tell us what we all know

for crime and corruption, the

– that crime in South Africa is

increased number of cases going

shockingly high.

to court, the successful convic-

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tions and the recovery of misap-

preservation and recovery of

increased collaboration between

is built on our shared culture

propriated state funds.

R659 million in pilfered public

government entities to combat

of Ubuntu, which manifests in

funds.

crime. Recent examples are the

compassion for and valuing

memorandum of understanding,

others.

It is impossible to list all successes, but a scan of news

The NPA’s Investigating

headlines will show the good

Directorate has enrolled over

signed in August 2022, between

progress being made.

20 corruption cases in the past

the SIU and the Council for Sci-

not harbour criminals or relin-

Over the past four years, the

year and 65 accused have been

entific and Industrial Research,

quish its responsibility to others.

Hawks have arrested more than

charged. These include several

to find technological solutions

It does not allow criminality to

12 000 people and secured

‘state capture’ cases.

for tackling cybercrimes; and the

derail state efforts to help the

partnership between Transnet

vulnerable or grow the economy.

nearly 4 450 convictions. The

Visible policing in hotspot ar-

A nation rooted in Ubuntu does

unit is currently probing 22 477

eas has seen more firearms and

Freight Rail and the SAPS to

It does not contribute to tourists

cases with a combined mon-

drugs taken off the streets. Gov-

fight infrastructure theft and line

reconsidering South Africa as

etary value of about R1.5 trillion,

ernment has also held Izimbizo

sabotage.

a destination because of safety

including cash-in-transit robber-

in these areas to hear residents’

The most important crime-

ies, drug and human trafficking,

concerns and find ways to best

busting partnership, however,

organised crime, cybercrime and

serve communities.

is that between government

country back from those who

corruption.

fears. Together, we must take our

Apart from the Fusion Centre

and the public. As we celebrate

have lost their way so that we

and various task teams estab-

Heritage Month, Tourism Month

can feel pride in our nation and

Fusion Centre has supported

lished for specific problems,

and Public Service Month – all

safe on our streets and in our

276 fraud and corruption inves-

such as the theft of copper

in September – we need to

homes.

tigations and helped ensure the

cables, there is evidence of

remember that the Constitution

In the past financial year, the

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XXXMESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Celebrating our diversity If public servants keep the

that gives life to the wonder-

tural and heritage tourism,

interests of the people of

ful principles in South Africa’s

both domestic and inter-

South Africa at the heart of

Bill of Rights and uphold the

national travellers expect

everything they do, there will

people-first philosophy that

a positive and rewarding

be tangible results for citizens

was embraced by the men

experience. Thus, poor city

on a personal level and for

and women who helped give

infrastructure, a lack of ser-

the nation as a whole.

birth to our democratic nation

Despite this move to cul-

vice delivery, crime and water

the Batho Pele Revitalisation

damaging to South Africa’s

Strategy as part of efforts to

nation it is, brimming with di-

tourism sector, which has

professionalise the Public

verse cultures, breath-taking

the potential to be a driver of

Service and drive behav-

scenery and friendly people

hree interlinked

economic growth. Accord-

ioural change. In the coming

with the ability to laugh

awareness campaigns

ing to Statistics South Africa,

months, we will hear more

through dark times. As we

are commemorated

GCIS Director-General.

And what a wonderful

in 2018 – before the advent

about the implementation of

get down to the serious busi-

in South Africa in September

of Covid-19 – the direct

this strategy, but public serv-

ness of fixing what is wrong

– Public Service, Tourism and

contribution of the tourism

ants need not wait to effect

in our country, we must not

Heritage months.

sector to the country’s gross

change. By treating people

forget to enjoy its many won-

domestic product was R130

with respect and dignity and

ders. And what better way to

billion.

by practising compassion,

do that than by becoming a

which is part of our culture

tourist in your own country?

There is considerable synergy between heritage and tourism, given the emerg-

The theme of this year’s

ing desire of travellers to

Integrated Public Service

of Ubuntu, we can start

immerse themselves into a

Month is; “Batho Pele Revi-

making a difference. And if

ic that is South Africa this

country’s culture. Tourists no

talisation: Walking the Talk”. It

our actions rub off on our

September by glorying in the

longer want to experience

is a call to public servants to

colleagues, and our depart-

diversity of our people and

only the top sightseeing

remember why government

ment’s actions rub off on

our landscapes. Feel proud to

spots; instead, they want an

incorporated a people-first

the next department, and so

be a South African and even

authentic visitor experience,

philosophy into its transfor-

forth, we can catalyse a revo-

prouder of the part you play

such as those offered by

mation framework 25 years

lution in the public sector.

as a public servant in helping

cultural villages and township

ago.

tours.

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three decades ago.

and electricity challenges are

Phumla Williams,

T

In March, Cabinet approved

The reason holds true today.

Open your eyes to the mag-

Bit by bit, we can transition into a public administration

this beautiful country of ours reach its full potential.

Public Sector Manager • September 2022


M A SC LERT! A It has come to the attention of the GCIS that unknown people are approaching suppliers of the GCIS soliciting bribes in exchange to be awarded tenders advertised by the GCIS. The GCIS conducts its procurement processes in a fair and lawful manner and has a policy of zero tolerance regarding corrupt practices by any person including its employees and suppliers. The GCIS encourages and urges all members of the public who are approached by these unscrupulous individuals to immediately report such conduct to law enforcement agencies.


Writer: Allison Cooper

PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP

Ensuring job creation and growth in Gauteng

T

he Gauteng Department

specific township area, sup-

of Economic Develop-

porting the expansion of exist-

ment (GDED) is making

ing small, medium and micro

great strides in driving an inclu-

enterprises (SMMEs) and the

sive economy in the province.

creation of new ones. This will

The department’s mandate

create jobs in the areas where

is to drive initiatives that spur

the largest clusters of work-

growth in the province’s 10

ers live and can easily access

priority sectors.

them,” says Koseff. The TEZs are aimed at cut-

“We also focus on major industrial corridors – anchored

ting red tape to make for-

by special economic zones

malising and maintaining a

(SEZs), new green energy

business easier; ensure 40%

approaches and integrated

procurement from businesses

logistics networks – and

by the provincial govern-

whole-of-government efforts

ment (over R17 billion a year); through the Legislature. He

areas as multi-layer enterprise

was also partially seconded to

zones under the new Township

The Presidency to work with

as a public-private partner-

socio-economic and skills

Economic Development Act,”

the Investment and Infrastruc-

ship in July 2021 to focus on

development spending by the

says GDED Economic Plan-

ture Office.

high-impact projects and

provincial government (over

programmes.

R6 billion a year).

ning and Development Deputy

Koseff now oversees GDED

Director-General Jak Koseff,

units that drive the Township

who has spent the majority of

Economy Programme; initia-

his career in the Public Sector.

tives that grow and support

The war room was launched

plier development; and ensure

Businesses will also be pri-

specific sectors; and initiatives

Transforming townships into commercial zones

involved in various economic

that conduct analysis and

The new Act, which was

ship between the Gauteng

acceleration initiatives – in-

policy research. He also drives

signed by Gauteng Premier

Enterprise Propeller and the

cluding the Tshwane Automo-

the consolidated Broad-Based

David Makhura in April, is ex-

Industrial Development Cor-

tive SEZ and the Lanseria

Black Economic Empower-

pected to enable the creation

poration.

Smart City Initiative – was

ment Programme targeting the

of TEZs.

seconded to the GDED in 2020

new township enterprise zones

to help navigate the Township

(TEZs), and is deputy head

to deploy tools to develop and

township enterprise precincts,

Economic Development Act

of the Economic Acceleration

diversify the economy of a

where programmes and

Koseff, who has been

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target enterprise and sup-

and Job Creation War Room.

to develop targeted township

oritised for financing through the new Township Economy Partnership Fund, a partner-

Within TEZs, specific areas

“TEZs will allow government

can also be designated as

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regulations are focused on

a million new livelihoods in

tested at Jabulani and Nasrec

a specific part of the town-

Gauteng townships by 2024.

in Soweto over the coming

pioning change in Gauteng to

ship economy, including retail

If all planned instruments are

months, with another 15 pos-

regulate the sector.

clusters; digital cloud zones;

fully deployed as intended,

sible sites currently being

manufacturing clusters; taxi

over R20 billion worth of net

scoped. This is key to unlock-

economy clusters, which up-

new investment will flow into

grade taxi ranks into commer-

the TEZs in that time,” says

cial hubs; and infill residential

Koseff.

or commercial precincts, where backyard shacks are upgraded into two-and threestory structures that house flats and business sites. The TEZ programme will be

Economic Acceleration and Job Creation War Room The war room drives numer-

rolled out once administrative

ous projects, including the

procedures to designate them

prototype township enterprise

are cleared by Legislature.

precincts.

“This will hopefully happen

The Kasi Umnotho Retail

As such, the GDED is cham-

“The war room is supporting the establishment of a cannabis industrialisation zone

“The model will be battle-tested at Jabulani and Nasrec in Soweto over the coming months, with another 15 possible sites currently being scoped.”

in Gauteng, which will cover portions of the Vaal and the West Rand. Within this zone, the full cannabis value chain is being deployed using SEZs and linked industrial parks. “Work is underway with relevant national departments to apply a regulatory ‘sandbox’ in this industrialisation zone, whereby Ministers approve special, streamlined regulations that can be tested and

in September or October.

Precinct Programme is an-

Meanwhile, pilot township

chored by R100 million worth

enterprise precincts are being

of blended public-private

ing 100 000 online-worker jobs

will apply countrywide in

rolled out in areas most likely

funding, deployed through the

for young township-based

2024,” says Koseff.

to be designated as TEZs,”

Township Economy Partner-

workers by early 2023,” says

says Koseff.

ship Fund, to provide working

Koseff.

TEZ programmes are ex-

capital, stock credit, distribu-

pected to create various job

tion centres and logistics net-

opportunities, including:

works to area-based clusters

of township retailers.

Infill residential and commercial township real estate

Another category of pre-

inform new regulations that

Industrial cannabis to boost the economy In his State of the Nation

The Vaal SEZ has assembled land parcels provided by local governments in the region, while the Western SEZ Task Team is working with land that is being donated by mining houses.

(80 000).

cincts, Township Cloud Zones,

Address earlier this year,

Public infrastructure

are digital-opportunity clusters

President Cyril Ramaphosa

war room team is position-

(70 000).

anchored by outsourced on-

announced that government

ing lead investors to drive the

New real estate clusters

line-worker operations – such

would review the policy and

cultivation, processing and

(20 000).

as customer service – with the

regulatory framework for in-

export of hemp and cannabis

Township fibre roll-out

investment in broadband used

dustrial hemp and cannabis to

products. The planting season,

(7 757).

to cross-subsidise free basic

realise the huge potential for

which starts in spring 2022,

Taxi economy nodes

broadband, hot desks and free

investment and job creation.

will be the beginning of the

(4 788).

cloud tools for digital busi-

He highlighted that the sector

cannabis industrialisation pro-

“This is just the beginning

nesses in the immediate area.

had the potential to create

cess in the new SEZ corridors,”

of what could amount to over

“The model will be battle-

over 130 000 jobs.

says Koseff.

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“In both cases, the cannabis

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Writer: Owen Mngadi

WOMEN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Achieving clean

audits through honesty and integrity

Z

Financial Officer (CFO) of Trade

Changing public perception

and Investment KwaZulu-Natal

She says her main aim is to change the

amasomi Msomi, the Chief

(TIKZN), has succeeded in the finance

misconception that all public servants

field because of her unshakable integrity,

are corrupt. Prior to her appointment as

ethical values and strong spirituality.

CFO for TIKZN in 2019, Msomi worked

Msomi is an exceptional CFO who

for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of

works to ensure accountability for

Economic Development, Tourism and

each rand of taxpayers’ money. She

Environmental Affairs (EDTA). Before

has received four straight clean audit

that she had worked for the KwaZulu-

reports from three different public

Natal Liquor Authority and KwaZulu-

institutions, an enviable track record.

Natal Law Society, where she served

The 39-year-old, who hails from Mtwalume on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, says it takes day-to-day

for five years as Finance Director. The TIKZN is an

compliance with the Public Finance

entity of EDTA,

Management Act, 1999 (Act 1 of 1999),

responsible

to achieve a clean audit. Accounting

for promoting

officers must follow procedure on

KwaZulu-Natal

a daily basis so they can explain all

as an investment

transactions when the auditing period

destination

comes, she emphasises.

and facilitating

Armed with a Bachelor of Commerce

trade by

Accounting degree from the University

assisting local

of KwaZulu-Natal, Msomi has served in

companies

the Public Sector throughout her career,

to access

accounting for millions spent under her

international

watch.

markets. It

Zamasomi Msomi, the Chief Financial Officer of Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal.

Photo supplied by Zamasomi Msomi.

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receives an annual budget of R85 million to drive investment initiatives and administer conditional grants to uplift local businesses. As CFO, Msomi

“As public servants, we often find ourselves with a bad reputation for fraud and corruption. I would like to kill that stigma through my work. We encourage our colleagues to always do good, even when nobody is watching,” she says”.

ensures that every rand is spent to fulfil the mandate of the agency.

transactions and inform your

“I used to play soccer, but there

especially when we change the

stakeholders how to comply.

is no time now. I have resorted

lives of marginalised people. I

essential in her job. “Temptations

When someone wants to buy

to athletics. When the going is

also share my skills with other

will always be there when you

something, you need to guide

tough, I hit the road, which helps

small businesses to make it a

manage money. Integrity is very

them through supply chain

to clear my mind while keeping

norm to record everything so

important if you are a CFO.

management and budgeting.

my body healthy,” Msomi says,

they can be able to see whether

Nothing is more important than

Even if there is a budget, follow

adding that she is preparing to

they are making money or not,”

your values and what you are

the process. Make sure that the

run the Comrades Marathon next

she says.

about. My seniors trust me to

entire organisation understands

year.

pick up anything that is not

that more than a clean audit, we

above board. As public servants,

want a clean government.

She believes that integrity is

In dealing with 'undue pressure'

Msomi says her organisation

that may be applied by internal

is part of stakeholders that are

or external forces as she deals

“Secondly, there are critical

executing projects aimed at

with huge budgets and contracts,

bad reputation for fraud and

phases in finance where you

rebuilding small businesses,

Msomi is always frank and bold

corruption. I would like to kill

have to balance books, and look

following the 2021 July unrest.

about her principled stance.

that stigma through my work.

at the expenditure and available

The projects she has worked

She advises other female public

We encourage our colleagues

budget,” she says.

on include being responsible

servants in positions like hers

we often find ourselves with a

to always do good, even when nobody is watching,” she says.

Achieving a clean audit Msomi follows some fundamental

for the R30 million Industrial

to stand their ground and never

the preparation of financial

Development Corporation

succumb to pressure.

statements and understanding

funding that was disbursed to

all the transactions made by the

informal traders in some parts of

strong moral integrity. If you have

institution.

KwaZulu-Natal.

worked hard, why would you sell

Msomi places emphasis on

As a woman entrusted with

The TIKZN is also administering

“To build character is to have

your soul? You must be open and

principles to achieve a clean

the pressured responsibility of

other multi-million tourism

frank about the process, even

audit, which include team

providing financial oversight,

projects across the province, for

with the executive. This will help

building and motivation.

she prides herself on mastering

which Msomi provides financial

you in the long run because you

multitasking.

oversight. She has represented

will be known as a principled

the entity at various international

person,” Msomi says. “When

investor conferences, where she

you are a woman you have

“You must understand your team members, their strengths and weaknesses. They are

Work-life balance

soldiers that help you achieve

Msomi says being a mother, a

says bookkeeping and financial

unique skills; we do not compare

the goal. I categorise the process

sister and friend, while achieving

management become key to

ourselves to men. Be confident

of achieving a clean audit

her career goals, is exciting. She

attracting investors.

and be professional enough to

into phases. Firstly, you need

finds solace in sport and religion

to manage your day-to-day

during demanding times.

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

“We are proud of the contribution we have made,

[be] clear and cite your case as it is.”

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A message from President Cyril Ramaphosa

FROM THE UNION BUILDINGS

The Struggle

to give South Africa a more human face O

n 12 September 1977,

ple at the heart of his black

able and lonely death on

recall that Steve Biko was just

Stephen Bantu Biko

consciousness activism, was

a mat on a stone floor in a

30 years old when he died. He

died in police custody

denied him. In the words of

prison cell”.

was cut down in his prime by

in Pretoria Central Prison.

Human dignity, the princi-

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the family lawyer Sir Sydney

It remains a source of great

those who feared the power

Kentridge, his was “a miser-

sorrow all these years later to

and resonance of his ideas of

Public Sector Manager • September 2022


self-liberation and his efforts to

fundamental rights of every

Financial Aid Scheme and

infuse black men and women

citizen and striving to achieve

various other forms of state

a long way towards the fulfil-

with pride and dignity.

their socio-economic rights is

support, thousands of young

ment of human dignity, the

the hallmark of a democratic

South Africans from poor

principle that Steve Biko so

lifetime what he called ‘the

society aiming to salvage lost

backgrounds have been able

cherished. Yet, we still have so

glittering prize’, the realisation

dignity.

to become doctors, lawyers,

much further to go.

He never got to see in his

of a true humanity. Writing

In South Africa today, we

teachers, scientists, artisans

As a country, we have come

Without a job, without a house, electricity or running

about this ideal, he famously

continue to work to fulfil the

said: “In time we shall be in a

basic rights of every South

position to bestow upon South

African so that they may lead

poor and vulnerable citizens

skills or opportunities, mil-

Africa the greatest gift possible

quality lives free of disease,

through an extensive social

lions of South Africans are still

– a more human face.”

hunger and deprivation.

safety net and provides work

deprived of the lives they seek

opportunities through mass

and deserve. That is why gov-

When we won our freedom

Successive democratic

and entrepreneurs. Government supports

water, without land, without

in 1994, we understood that

administrations have imple-

public employment pro-

ernment is working with social

the right to vote was just one

mented policies to salvage the

grammes.

partners to build an inclusive

part of our struggle for human

lost dignity of this country’s

In the repressive South Africa

enable businesses to thrive

dignity.

and tackle poverty and hunger.

Twenty-eight years into our democracy, we are confronted with many challenges, such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. As a result, we often

economy, create employment,

“In time we shall be in a position to bestow upon South Africa the greatest gift possible – a more human face.”

In considering the relevance of Steve Biko’s life and legacy, we recall his powerful call to the people to be architects of

lose sight of how far we have

their own liberation. This call

come in giving effect to the

is as important now as it was

principles on which our Con-

majority by providing educa-

in which Steve Biko died, free-

stitution is founded and that

tion, health care, housing and

dom of speech was curtailed

anchored Steve Biko’s thought

basic services.

and political activism attracted

addressing our challenges to

detention or worse.

achieve a truly free and equal

and teachings. In 1977 a heartless regime

In South Africa today, a decent education is a funda-

back then. We must be focused on

In South Africa today, young

society. We each need to play

killed one of our country’s

mental right. The State invests

people of the same age as Ste-

our part by using the founda-

most promising leaders by

in early childhood develop-

ve Biko was and even younger

tional rights in our Constitution

depriving him of the food, wa-

ment, in supporting learning

are at the forefront of activism

to build a South Africa free of

ter and medical treatment he

outcomes for our youngest

for causes closest to them,

poverty and hunger, underde-

urgently needed as a result of

citizens, and provides social

and they are able to organise

velopment, crime and violence.

brutal beatings by the apart-

relief through school feeding

free of harassment or banish-

As Steve Biko urged, let us

heid police.

programmes to ensure young

ment. Freedom of speech and

march forth with courage and

learners achieve the best out-

association, the right to protest

determination on our common

comes possible.

and the right to equality before

quest for true humanity.

Twenty years later, in a 1997 judgment, the Constitutional Court said that fulfilling the

Through the National Student

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the law is upheld for all.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

Writer: Kgaogelo Letsebe

Being a public

ser vant is a calling for me, says DG Yoliswa Makhasi Living by the Batho Pele principles, the Director-General of the Department of Public Service and Administration wants staff to follow in her footsteps.

B

eing Director-General of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) is no easy task, but Yoliswa Makhasi has been excel-

ling in this role since her appointment in March 2020.

A self-proclaimed leader, executive coach, activist and strategist, Makhasi is a seasoned senior public servant. She has more than 20 years of experience, including heading the Gauteng Department of Community Safety and serving as a deputy director-general at the Department of Public Enterprises. “Being a public servant is a calling for me. I am driven by the pursuit of serving and making a positive impact, especially serving the underprivileged, disadvantaged and needy. As public servants, we need to embody the values and

Department of Public Service and Administration Director-General Yoliswa Makhasi.

principles of public administration, as provided in Chapter 10 of the Constitution, and continu-

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ously commit to improving the

myself by furthering my edu-

the DPSA is working on key

the Public Service to become

quality of services we provide

cation and skills development.

projects, such as reviewing the

resilient and effective manag-

to the public.”

Other than that, I was in the

Public Service Regulations of

ers. Through the network, our

country at the right time, as

2016, as well as developing a

department will support and

spaces began opening up for

human capital strategy. “These

inspire the ladies.”

Early days Makhasi says as a child, her

young black females after the

efforts are aimed at manag-

family was led by a strong

democratisation of our society

ing the wage bill, reducing

gender transformation is slow

female, her grandmother. “I

in 1994,” she adds.

red tape in administration and

in South African workplaces

moving the Public Service

in general, mainly because of

human resources from being

societal issues. These include

compliance-driven and heavily

traditional norms that keep

administrative to strategic.”

women from choosing higher-

grew up in a very big family

She acknowledges that

happy, we laughed a lot and

Challenges and solutions

we shared everything. My

With September being Public

grandmother was a matriarch

Service Month, Makhasi says

who took care of all of us and

she encourages public sec-

taught me the values of love,

tor managers to recommit

Challenging patriarchy

respect, justice and fairness.”

to upholding the Batho Pele

One of her challenges, says

[people first] principles. “There

Makhasi, is patriarchy. She ac-

who nurtured her interest in

are many challenges facing

knowledges that on numerous

principle Action Plan for

politics and made her politi-

the Public Service. However,

occasions, she has been on

Promoting Women’s Empow-

cally aware. “He was a political

the most important is the

the receiving end of board-

erment and Gender Equality,

activist who later became a

need to ensure the provision

room bullying, gas lighting and

launched by the DPSA in 2007,

political prisoner. He was also

of quality services timeously

passive aggression. “This is

encourages all departments

a disciplinarian who watched

to our communities. We have

entrenched in society; it exists

to advance equal rights in the

over me with a vigilant eye to

seen failures in service deliv-

within the Public Service and

workplace. Each August, the

ensure that I did not do any-

ery result in more challenges,

shows itself in many ways. I

HODs of all government de-

thing wrong. At the same time,

such as the loss of lives and

appeal to women leaders to

partments are required to ob-

he instilled a sense of activism

damage to property and infra-

be conscious of this reality

serve Public Service Women

and social justice in me.”

structure, among others. As

and be clear about how we

Management Week to assess

public servants we belong, we

respond when we experience

progress made in implement-

serve, we care.”

such [patriarchy]. We need

ing the eight principles. These

not be agents of patriarchy

sessions are attended by

with lots of children; we were

It was her father, however,

It was the discipline she learnt from her father that helped her achieve well aca-

She adds that as a depart-

paying roles, male-dominated industries, unequal access to education and discriminatory practices. Makhasi says the Eight-

demically. She holds a Bach-

ment, they have developed

ourselves as we are also mem-

female senior managers from

elor of Arts Degree from the

several tools and capabilities,

bers of the same societies.”

all departments.

then Vista University, a Master

such as service delivery im-

of Science in Public Policy and

provement plans, the Opera-

about this issue that she

lots more to offer the public

Management from the Uni-

tions Management Frame-

spearheaded the launch of

sector. “I have a very positive

versity of Manchester (2005),

work, and business process

the Public Sector Women in

disposition on life and always

and a Master of Philosophy in

mapping, which are geared

Leadership Network in August

find something good to hang

Coaching Management from

at enabling service delivery

2022 as part of the Women’s

onto in my interactions with

excellence and helping other

Day celebrations. “The net-

others – I don’t allow the bad

departments.

work aims to empower and

stuff to triumph over the good

inspire women in leadership in

stuff.”

the University of Stellenbosch (2019). “I have invested a lot in

Furthermore, Makhasi says

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

So passionate is Makhasi

Makhasi says she still has

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TRAILBLAZER

Writer: Ursula Graaff

Young people, a solution to the country ’s challenges: Mkhombo

W

hen the medical

South Africa are the answer to

initially did not

school at the Uni-

challenges facing the country

plan to become

versity of Limpopo

and the Public Service. Dr Mk-

a medical doctor

was established in 2016, one of

hombo says that young people

but after a conversa-

the first people that enrolled for

should be given an opportunity

tion with his father, he

the Bachelor of Medicine and

and a platform to express their

realised that he had the

Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

ideas and solutions, which will

character of one.

programme was a 16-year-old

keep the Public Service mov-

student from Bushbuckridge in

ing forward. This in turn will al-

me to different places, but

Mpumalanga, Decent Mkhombo

low for better service delivery.

when I got to my matric year I

“Organisational culture

was frozen by choice. I ended

should be promoting new

up sitting down with my father

thinkers, young thinkers by

who discussed my strengths

at Mapulaneng Hospital in his

giving them leadership roles,”

and weaknesses with me and

home village of Thulamahashe

says Dr Mkhombo.

that is how we got here,” says

– who became the youngest student in his class.

Currently doing his internship

in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalan-

Dr Mkhombo did his matric

ga, Dr Mkhombo (22) became

year at Orhovelani High School

the youngest medical doctor in

before going to University of

challenging to navigate this

the country.

Limpopo to do his MBChB.

era of his life as his sister

He believes that the youth of

16

“The pace of my life leads

The young doctor says he

Dr Mkhombo. He adds that it was not really

is also a medical doctor

Public Sector Manager • September 2022


Giving back to the community

“I want to do something that

place. He says that it is easier

says that going into the field

is sought after, something that

to do the work when focused

so young, he was pushed to

Dr Mkhombo chose to do his

can take me overseas,” says Dr

on the patient and what is

maturity faster than expected,

internship training in his home

Mkhombo.

best for them, adding that

so for him it was more of a

village because he wanted to

challenge on a personal level

give back to his community

Batho Pele

than an academic one.

before he chooses his next

Dr Mkhombo’s message

path in life.

to public servants is that

“We can save lives, it’s

– he knew what to expect. He

“I think it forced me to find

treating patients with dignity and respect goes a long way in serving them.

although they may feel

not difficult. Being a public

and responsible adult”, says Dr

back to the community that

unappreciated at times, they

servant to me is not making

Mkhombo.

raised me,” says Dr Mkhombo.

should know that they are

your patient feel like less of a

valued by those who see the

person,” says Dr Mkhombo.

a way and to be a competent

Dr Mkhombo was among the

“I came back just to give

The young doctor has not ful-

students who received part

ly decided

effort they

of the close to R10 million in

on a field

put forth

to find creative ways of facing

bursaries provided by the Lim-

of specialty

and should

challenges in the workplace,

popo Provincial Government

but under-

continue

adding that planning and

when the medical school was

stands the

established.

importance

Dr Mkhombo says as a

of special-

“Being a public servant to me is not making your patient feel like less of a person.”

He advises public servants

doing the

execution are key in solv-

work of

ing challenges in the Public

serving

Service and not just stating

those in

the problem.

young doctor, he is fortunate

ising in a

enough to have not faced any

certain field.

discrimination or bullying from

He says he has a good aptitude

his colleagues or patients. He

for sepsis and gynaecology,

public sector, he says: “keep

cause of the respect he gets

attributes his success to the

but would like to branch into

doing well and expand your

from everyone.

quality of his work. He adds

nuclear medicine.

knowledge and yourself in

that he did not have any issues

He says he would like to en-

need. For the youth serving in the

the space that you occupy.”

Dr Mkhombo says that he finds fulfillment in his job be-

Like most young men, Dr Mkhombo loves spending

working with other doctors

roll for that at the University of

because of his competency as

Limpopo because they have a

working in a public hospital

station and has recently added

a medical doctor.

well-established post-graduate

is not difficult because of the

travelling to his list of favourite

programme.

structures and protocols in

things.

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

Dr Mkhombo believes

his extra time with his play

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FEATURE

Source: SAnews

Public service

has skilled, competent and resourceful officials A

cting Public

He said as far back

Service and

as 2013, the Diagnostic

Administration

Review of the National

Minister Thulas Nxesi says

Planning Commission

he believes that the Public

identified uneven capac-

Service has the inherent

ity within and between

capacity to “walk the talk”

government departments

and deliver on its con-

as a challenge and po-

stitutional obligations to

tential threat to the ability

citizens.

of the Public Service to

“We have seen the re-

deliver quality services

markable progress made

throughout the country.

in service delivery since

“As a responsive gov-

democratisation in 1994,

ernment, we have been

and more so, since the

addressing this specific

Batho Pele programme

challenge through a vari-

was introduced in 1997,”

ety of targeted capacity-

Nxesi said.

building interventions by

Officially launching the

the Department of Public

Public Service Month, the

Service and Administra-

Minister said the Public

tion in partnership with

Service has skilled, com-

the National School of

petent and resourceful

Government, including

officials on the job, work-

initiatives such as the

ing daily at the coalface

District Development

of service delivery amid

Model.

serious constraints.

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“Notwithstanding these

Public Sector Manager • September 2022


interventions, I believe that our

as committed as we are to a

accordingly be stopped,” he

public servants upholding the

public service has the inherent

South Africa characterised by

said.

values and principles of public

capacity to walk the talk and

high standards of integrity and

deliver on its constitutional

respect for the rule of law.

Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Chana

service and administration,” she said.

“We also acknowledge that

Pilane-Majake, explained that

you, our public servants, are

Public Service Month is com-

celebrated under the theme;

our first line of defence against

memorated annually to remind

“Batho Pele Revitalisation –

the capacity to make even

corruption,” Nxesi said, adding

the public about the important

Walking the Talk”.

greater progress in improving

“we must defend our freedom

role of public servants in order

service delivery and creating

against the scourge of corrup-

to mobilise political will and

reminder of what it means to

a citizen-centric public service.

tion that is eroding our demo-

resources to address national,

serve communities and to also

obligations to citizens,” Nxesi said. Nxesi said government has

This year, the month is

The month serves as a

cratic values and our dream of

provincial and local govern-

look at the impact government

ents are in place. We have

being a capable, ethical and

ment challenges.

has, especially around issues

supporting legislation, policies

developmental state”.

“All the necessary ingredi-

and regulations that are reviewed regularly.

The Minister said govern-

“Public Service Month (PSM) is a country programme meant

of service delivery. This year, government cel-

ment cannot professionalise

to promote good govern-

ebrates the 25th anniversary

the Public Service in a context

ance, with the continental

of the Batho Pele White Paper

introduced the National

where poorly qualified indi-

programme being the African

as a framework for the trans-

Anti-Corruption Strategy as

viduals are being parachuted

Union’s Africa Public Service

formation of public service

a necessary response to this

into positions through political

Day.

delivery in South Africa. The

rampant corruption.

patronage.

“As government we have

“We recognise that this strat-

“These practices, wherever

“PSM focuses on the Public

year also marks the 25th an-

Service machinery, how it

niversary of the Constitution of

egy will only succeed if we

they occur, are inconsistent

discharges its constitutional

the Republic of South Africa,

work in partnership with our

with the constitutional prin-

responsibility to deliver ser-

1996 that was signed into law

compatriots in the private sec-

ciples that underpin public

vices to the citizenry, as well

by former President Nelson

tor and civil society who are

administration and they must

as give recognition to diligent

Mandela. – SAnews.gov.za

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

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FEATURE

Writer: Allison Cooper

New Act set to revitalise Gauteng township economies D

evised by the apartheid government to keep workers close to towns but neatly tucked away from sight, townships were not designed to thrive economically. But many evolved into bustling, vibrant communities, filled with music, art and entrepreneurship.

Townships today look very different to what they did three decades ago. Streets have

been paved, public facilities built, the property market has boomed and shopping centres and business zones have been developed. Despite this, townships remain populated largely by people who are either unemployed or low earners. Government’s recently proclaimed Gauteng Township Economic Development Act aims to change this by effectively linking township economies with those of wealthier urban cities to speed up the inclusive growth of the economy. Mathopane Masha, the Director of Inclusive Economy at the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED), is leading the work to implement the Act, which came into law in April 2022. Masha’s main responsibilities include designing and implementing township economy programmes; implementing enterprise and supplier development; managing developments; reviewing and implementing local economic development projects; and designing business development and funding strategies to support the growth of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). “The conceptualisation, design and implementation of the Township Economy Programme is one of the most important milestones of my career,” says Masha, who joined the public sector as an intern.

Gauteng Township Retail Programme One of the results of the Act is the establishment of the Gauteng Township Retail Programme, which was launched by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in August. At the launch of the programme, Premier Makhura announced a R100 million

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Public Sector Manager • September 2022


fund to support retailers. The Gauteng Township Retail

are one large enterprise,” says

towards job creation in the

and flexible occupational train-

Masha.

province; stimulate manufac-

ing, combined with structured

Programme will see township

Municipalities will play a cru-

turing, especially in townships;

workplace learning,” says

retail malls and supermarkets

cial role in this, he says, urging

cluster SMMEs per sector; and

Masha.

partnering with local small en-

public servants to accelerate

connect individual entities to

terprises to buy products and

the implementation of the Act.

various enterprise and de-

benefit from the Cellphone Re-

services from township-based

“They are expected to adopt

velopment opportunities,” he

pair Project, which will provide

adds.

accredited cellphone repair

Youth will also be able to

producers, service providers

and adapt their bylaws and

and manufacturers.

ensure consistency with the

The Act will also bring vari-

and business training. This will

principles of the Act, provide

ous benefits to the youth. “All

enable participants to become

stronger sectors of the town-

basic services to the commu-

programmes are designed to

accredited electronic com-

ship economy, said Premier

nity, and ensure that township

support the youth and enable

munication device retailers or

Makhura at the launch.

SMMEs operate in a conducive

them to initiate and commer-

repairers in their community,

environment,” he adds.

cialise their ideas,” says Masha.

says Masha.

This will revitalise and build

“If we want to fix the township economy, we must start

This includes reducing red

with those small retail busi-

tape and the cost of compli-

ple, the Installation, Repair

youth is the Last Mile Scooter

nesses and make sure they

ance for SMMEs within their

and Maintenance (IRM)

Project, which will link young

are supported by government.

jurisdiction.

programme aims to develop

people to scooter delivery

artisanal skills, with a spe-

opportunities through training,

cific focus on the youth. “The

motorbike licence training and

intervention also helps young

testing, job placement and the

We want the people in the

He explains that, for exam-

Another programme for

generation – to be the ones

Opportunities for youth

running these businesses,” he

Earlier this year, the GDED

people to earn an income

establishment of a business,

added.

called for proposals for innova-

independently and create new

and job creation opportunities.

tive ideas and partnerships to

jobs in the process.”

This will enable them to launch

township – for generation after

Procurement from township businesses The Act also requires, among other interventions, that Gaut-

tackle unemployment. While

The focus of the IRM pro-

their own scooter delivery

the first call closed in July, an-

gramme includes manufac-

business, earn income and

other call will be made before

turing, plumbing, electrical,

create jobs.

the end of this financial year.

general maintenance, domes-

As for the future, Masha

tic appliance repair, welding,

challenges his team to think

“The department has since

eng Provincial Government

categorised the submissions

carpentry and electronics

outside the box and initiate

departments, where possible,

into opportunities and the

repairs, among others.

projects that will benefit the

procure at least 40% of their

proposals are being evaluated

goods and services from town-

using a prescribed government

ates at the interface between

ship businesses.

process, with a bias towards

supply and demand, unlocking

team is being capacitated – es-

job creation, skills development

the demand for skills in these

pecially with regard to project

allow government and its main

and enterprise development

various industries and sup-

management – with a focus on

contractors to buy from groups

with a socio-economic impact,”

porting and enabling techni-

technology solutions to ensure

of township-based enterprises,

says Masha.

cal vocational education and

successful implementation of

training institutions to respond

projects,” he says.

“These procurement rules

with systems linking them, so they can supply as if they

“The ultimate aim of the proposals is to contribute

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

“The IRM initiative oper-

province. “In order to achieve this, the

to this demand through agile

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Writer: Owen Mngadi

FEATURE

Celebrating South African heritage through tourism

T

he coronation of tra-

(COVID-19), the riots last year

the beginning of his

ditional leaders and

and the devastating floods in

reign as the ninth king of

the embrace of vari-

coastal areas a few months ago.

the Zulu nation.

ous cultures in South Africa is

Throngs of loyal sub-

more than the showcasing of

was on full display during the

jects, dignitaries and kings

pride. Rather, the country’s rich

recent coronation of the Ama-

from various African coun-

heritage is a major drawcard for

Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwel-

tries converged in Nongoma,

tourism, a sector that is crucial to

ithini in a ceremony known as

in the north of KwaZulu-Natal,

job creation and the revival of the

Ukungena Esibayeni (Entering

to witness the ceremony and

country’s economy in the wake

the Kraal).

boost the hospitality industry in

of the coronavirus pandemic

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Culture as a tourism magnet

The event officially marked

the town.

Public Sector Manager • September 2022


A rich royal lineage

genius to change the land-

the actual war, a delegation

Misuzulu also has close ties

scape of Southern Africa.

from England always attends

with the Eswatini Kingdom led

King Misuzulu’s ascendance

Since then, Zulu kings have

the ceremony to re-enact the

by King Mswati III. The king’s

to the throne comes after the

written their own history that

war.

passing of his father, King

is renowned around the world.

Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, in

King Cetshwayo kaMpande

Over the years, the com-

late mother, Queen Manthfombi, was King Mswati’s

memorative event has

sister. While King Mswati him-

March last year after ruling for

made the Zulu nation known

boosted the country’s tourism

self was not in attendance, a

more than 50 years.

in Europe after he led the Zulu

as people from the United

delegation from Eswatini was

army to victory against the

Kingdom visit the Isandlwana

part of the proceedings.

rich heritage that dates back

British army in 1879 at Isandl-

battlefields to learn about an

to the formation of the Zulu

wana, Nquthu, in northern

important slice of our coun-

hold having a list of major

kingdom in 1816. King Shaka

KwaZulu-Natal. It was Britain’s

try’s history.

events in its annual calendar,

kaSenzangakhona forged a

largest defeat in its colonial

mighty nation through military

history. While the British came

also boast sites that are part

province have aligned them-

back stronger after the defeat

of the nation’s collective

selves with these events to

and burnt down his Ondini

cultural heritage, from rock

attract more visitors. Through-

Place in Ulundi before taking

art paintings to battlefields

out September, the king

him to exile in England, King

of other wars. The country is

hosts three major events that

Cetshwayo remained highly

also blessed with museums

attract scores of people from

respected.

that celebrate ancient African

other provinces and African

kingdoms, sacred traditional

countries. The events include

sites and archaeological digs.

the two legs of the Royal Reed

All of these sites form a rich

Dance in Emachobeni Palace

war, AmaZulu and the

cultural tapestry that de-

in Ngwavuma, in the far north

British formed strong

lights tourists of all stripes.

of the province, and the main

The Zulu nation boasts a

Cultural tourism Following this historic

ties, which exist to

tourism campaigns in the

reed dance at Enyokeni Pal-

princes from both

Uniting Africa through a common heritage

kingdoms invite

At King Misuzulu’s enthrone-

direct impact on the tourism

each other for

ment, at least seven kings

sector.

important occa-

from African countries graced

this day. This has seen kings and

sions. During the

ace in Nongoma. Both events attract an estimated audience of 50 000 people and have a

As part of this year’s Herit-

the occasion that saw over

age Month, the king was

10 000 people attend. Among

expected to host a heritage

commemoration on

them were King Gumbi Jere

event, known as Umkhosi

January 18, the day of

of the Ngoni in Malawi; King

weLembe, in KwaDukuza on

Mphezeni of Zambia; King

September 24. The event

Nyonyembe of Congo; and

commemorates King Shaka,

Queen Modjadji of Balobedu

whose grave is in the centre

people in Limpopo. King

of town.

annual Isandlwana

King Misuzulu KaZwelithini during the Entering the Kraal ceremony in Nongoma.

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

Other parts of South Africa

With the Zulu royal house-

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FEATURE

South Africa as a vibrant tourist destination

and these are showcased with-

Tourism Sector Recovery Plan,

recovery plan is expected to

in five World Heritage Sites, 22

which was adopted by Cabinet

help the sector to recover to its

national parks and hundreds of

in April 2021. The plan seeks

2019 output and employment

South Africa, according to

game and nature reserves. The

to facilitate strategic partner-

levels by 2023. Government

African Wildlife foundation, is

diversity of attractions make

ships between government

aims to play a leading role in

geopolitically distinctive and

South Africa a preferred tourist

and industry to make visiting

the creation of a tourism sector

possesses natural and cul-

destination,” the foundation

South Africa easier through the

that is vibrant, diverse, inclusive

tural diversity that supports a

stated in its survey.

implementation of e-visas, tour-

and transformed.

ist safety, airlift capacity and

Businesses in the tourism

Reconstruction and Recovery

quicker turnaround times in

sector can apply for various

Plan, government has identi-

the processing of tour operator

funding from the Department

the country among the top-six

fied the tourism sector as a

licences, among other objec-

of Tourism, including through

most biodiverse countries in

key driver of unleashing the

tives.

the Market Access Support

the world and said it is the

country’s true potential. In col-

most diverse for its size.

globally compelling tourism proposition. In 2018, the foundation placed

“Seven distinct biomes occur within the country’s borders

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As part of the Economic

Tourism contributes 3.7% to

Programme, Tourism Grinding

laboration with stakeholders

South Africa’s gross domestic

Support Programme and Tour-

in the sector, the Department

product, more than agriculture,

ism Transformation Fund.

of Tourism has developed the

utilities and construction. The

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FEATURE

Championing the rights of SA’s youth No challenge is insurmountable, says the young woman in charge of the NYDA board.

A

sanda Luwaca (30), the

She says that nearly three

first female chairperson

decades into South Africa’s

of the National Youth

democracy, it should not be

Development Agency (NYDA),

a big deal that she is the first

has occupied the hot seat for

female to chair the agency. In

just short of a year.

fact, she views it as a double-

She was appointed by Presi-

edged sword. “On the one

dent Cyril Ramaphosa in No-

side, it’s quite exciting being

vember 2021 and heads up a

the first female to lead such

seven-member board that will

an agency. The appointment

serve until November 2024.

by the President of a majority

dialogues and exchanges

inclusive of young people, and

With the mandate of the NYDA

female board is indicative of

of our lived experiences will

will guide youth development

being to tackle challenges that

his sheer confidence in young

helps us to ‘collectively begin

until 2030.

face the nation’s youth, the

female leaders.”

the process of learning, un-

“We have also raised more

learning and relearning from

than R150 million in additional

one another’.

donor funding.”

Asanda Luwaca, Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency.

members of the board have

On the other hand, how-

their work cut out for them.

ever, is the fact that 28 years

However, Luwaca says that

into democracy, we are still

despite her young age, she is

celebrating ‘female firsts’. She

office, she and the board have

not cowed by the responsibili-

says that boasting about the

been making strides in engag-

Addressing youth unemployment

ties placed on her shoulders.

first female president or chief

ing the youth and determin-

Luwaca says addressing youth

executive officer of an organi-

ing their needs. She says that

unemployment is one of her

magazine chatted to her about

sation makes a mockery of the

under the board’s leadership,

key mandates. She thinks the

her experiences, the insights

rights that female freedom

Cabinet approved an integrat-

youth’s low labour participa-

she has gained and the chal-

fighters fought so hard for.

ed youth development strategy

tion and lack of entrepreneur-

Public Sector Manager

Luwaca says since taking

lenges she has faced since her

On ageism, she says that

for South Africa in June 2022.

ship are caused by high levels

appointment by the President.

fostering inter-generational

This was drafted by the NYDA,

of poverty and inequality.

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“What’s worth noting is that

unemployment. According

needs of young people in

me participating in the 2015

no challenge is insurmount-

to Statistics South Africa’s

specific areas.

#FeesMustFall movement. I

able and that the youth of this

Quarterly Labour Force

country carry with them the

Survey, data for the second

ing on impact-driven pro-

a published book titled, We

same resilience as the youth

quarter of 2022, the country’s

grammes... a programme that

Are No Longer At Ease: The

of yesteryear. We need to

unemployment rate saw a de-

might be successful in an

Struggle for #FeesMustFall.”

create an environment where

cline of 0.6% to 33.9% in the

urban area such as Gauteng

young people have access

second quarter of the year,

might not be successful in a

tivism in the political space,

to work opportunities. Young

meaning 648 000 more jobs

rural area in Limpopo or the

serving in various leadership

Eastern Cape. We are trying

structures until joining the

to get to a point where we

Mapungubwe Institute for

can craft programmes for

Strategic Reflection as an

various areas”.

intern and later as a research

people are not entering the workforce as much as we would like.” She says through current interventions, such as the National Youth Service Programme and the NYDA Grant Programme, which are designed to provide young entrepreneurs with an opportunity to access both financial and non-financial business development support, they

“We have been hard at work in solidifying strategic partnerships across the public and private sectors.”

While the board’s legacy

later contributed a chapter to

She continued with her ac-

assistant. She later relocated

plans are still in the pipeline,

to Cape Town to join the

Luwaca says these are likely

African National Congress

to cover issues of mental

Parliamentary Caucus, where

health and supporting stu-

she worked as a researcher.

dents. “Although we have not put

All the while, Luwaca was furthering her learning. She

a concrete plan in place as of

did a course in evidence-

yet, we have, however, looked

based policy making and

at driving programmes

implementation at the Nelson

were gained during the April

around mental health and

Mandela School of Public

are addressing the unemployment crisis.

“We also have been work-

“We have been hard at

to June 2022 period, bringing

looking at areas of support-

Governance at the University

work in solidifying strate-

the total number of employed

ing students, with a focus

of Cape Town; two courses in

gic partnerships across the

persons in the country to 15.6

on the missing middle and

policy research training and

public and private sectors.

million.

postgraduate students,” adds

an academic writing skills

Luwaca.

course at the University of

Those discussions have not

Despite the decline, the

yet concluded, so I’m not at

recent data showed a total

liberty to divulge all informa-

number of unemployed youth

tion at this point. I can assure

(aged 15 - 34) increased by

An activist and academic

the youth and readers that

2.0% (or 92 000) to 4.8 million

Luwaca started her journey

continue to serve. “I’ve always

we are hard at work to ensure

from the first quarter of 2022.

as an activist while pursu-

wanted to be part of shaping

ing her Bachelor of Arts

the society that will be pros-

(Honours) in Politics and

perous for all, and so public

that we are part and parcel of the solutions in resolving the

Future plans

Stellenbosch. Speaking of her plans, Luwaca says she would like to

plight of youth and, ultimately,

Luwaca says the board is

International Relations at the

service plays a critical role in

changing their material condi-

working on various initia-

University of Johannesburg.

that regard. I want to excel

tions for the better.”

tives with both the public and

“I was quite active and an

and continue serving where I

The South African youth

private sectors – including

over-achiever growing up.

am called to serve. For other

continue to bear the brunt of

programmes that target the

My activism in politics saw

things, only time will tell.”

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

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FEATURE

Source: SAnews

Fallen police

wherever they are, they will be found and they will face the full might of the law,” the President

officers honoured P resident Cyril Ramaphosa

President Ramaphosa was delivering the keynote address at the SAPS Commemoration Day, on 4 September 2022,

the State and an attack on the

at the Union Buildings in Tshwane.

says the South African

can remain silent when crimi-

people. If criminals bother to

Police Service (SAPS)

nals have clearly declared war

read history, they must know

The event celebrated the

on the police.

that no one has ever defeated

lives of SAPS members who

the people.

had fallen in the line of duty

National Commemoration Day

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The President said no society

said.

should serve to not only pay trib-

“Our men and women in

ute to the fallen men and women

blue represent the authority

in blue but also to mobilise soci-

of the State and any attack

killings, who have not yet

ety against the killing of officers.

on them is a direct attack on

been arrested, must know that

“Those responsible for police

from April 2021 to March 2022. This year, 33 police officers' names were engraved on the

Public Sector Manager • September 2022


National Memorial Wall, where the President and bereaved family members laid wreaths. President Ramaphosa said among those who were being honoured, some were targeted by criminals for their firearms, others were involved in shootouts with criminals, and others were killed by reckless drivers who failed to stop when pulled over. police on their own.

“Let us spare a thought for

“As we remember our fallen

our police men and women and what they must feel each

heroes and heroines, let us

time they leave their homes to

salute all police officers for the

enforce the law.

love they have for our country and its residents, and for their

“Yet, even knowing the risks, our officers continue bravely

patriotic spirit and resilience in

and relentlessly, on a daily

the face of brazen criminals. “Let us demonstrate that

basis and with a stern determination to prioritise the safety

we value our law enforcement

and security of the people of

officers who make a deliberate

this country.”

choice to take up policing as a

President Ramaphosa urged

calling rather than a mere job,”

the Police Ministry to drive the

the President said.

process of ensuring that SAPS

The President urged the

is adequately resourced to pre-

country to avenge the deaths

vent, combat and investigate

of the slain officers by making

police killings.

sure that “we fulfil their dream

He said all the perpetrators

of a society that is safe and

of these attacks on police must

secure, where all people live in

be brought to book.

peace”.

“If we are to win the war

Annually on the first Sunday

against crime and police kill-

of September, the SAPS dedi-

ings, we need to build healthy,

Some of our people remain

stronger relations between the

silent for fear of victimisation.

The President further urged

“It is for this reason that we

communities to take respon-

women in blue who paid the

police and the communities

cious activities.”

cates this day in its calendar, to remember its men and

they serve. In any community

are always striving to make it

sibility for each other’s safety,

ultimate price to serve and

where crime happens, some-

easier for citizens to anony-

adding that the fight against

protect all people living in

body always knows something.

mously report crime or suspi-

crime cannot be won by the

South Africa. – SAnews.gov.za

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

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FEATURE

Writer: Miriam Mokoena

Professionalising the Public Service

T

o fulfil its mandate of

the Public Service and improv-

phasised the need for ongoing

requisite skills to serve the

creating an ‘ethical and

ing the performance of public

education, training and develop-

public efficiently, effectively and

capable public sector in

servants in their respective roles

ment in the Public Service. He

with courtesy. We will continue

service of the people’, the National

and responsibilities in the three

urged government departments

to invest in the training and

School of Government (NSG) is

spheres of government – na-

to encourage employees to

development of public servants

offering fully funded courses to

tional, provincial and local.

register for the courses.

so that they can fulfil their tasks

public servants.

The initiative is aimed at promoting professionalism in

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Announcing the roll-out, Public

“Government is serious about

empowered by the necessary

Service and Administration Act-

building a capable state and

knowledge and expertise,” said

ing Minister Thulas Nxesi em-

a public service that has the

Minister Nxesi.

Public Sector Manager • September 2022


building an understand-

aimed at advancing the

has, especially around issues

of employment; from interns

ing amongst government

National Development Plan

of service delivery. As part of

to senior management. Public

officials on how to engage

Vision 2030.

Public Service Month, public

servants can enroll for the fol-

communities.

Coaching for Leadership

servants are expected to:

Youth Development (Per-

Development: to em-

The courses cater for all levels

lowing courses with immediate

sonal Mastery): the course

power public servants with

spring-clean their service

aims to prepare young

coaching skills and tools

delivery points;

Delivery: a programme

people, especially interns,

to enhance management

aimed at helping public

for work beyond government

individual development skills

stations and courts, talk to

servants to re-engineer their

with generic employability

sets, as well as organisa-

citizens, mediate the delivery

relationship with the public

skills such as self-manage-

tional development.

of services and getting

and reflect on how they are

ment, emotional intelligence,

Evidence-based Policy

things done;

delivering services to the

critical thinking and decision

Making and Implementa-

citizens.

making, networking, as well

tion: to empower officials

red-tape in the delivery of

Art of Facilitation for

as applying for jobs in the

with technical skills to be

services;

progressive realisation of

Public Service.

able to use a range of tools

Supply Chain Manage-

to support policy develop-

infrastructure are working

the course is expected to

ment for Public Service:

ment and implementation

and use public resources ef-

empower traditional leaders

to develop public sector

processes.

ficiently to the benefit of the

to act as economic change

supply chain management

agents in their communities

skills in order to acceler-

and be able to create sus-

ate service delivery and

Public Service Month

tainable jobs and community

alleviate adverse supply

This comes at a time when

wealth while also building

chain management-related

the country is commemorat-

This year, Public Service Month

an active rural citizenry who

findings in departments and

ing Public Service Month – a

is celebrated under the theme;

public entities.

reminder of what it means to

“Batho Pele Revitalisation –

Avoiding Irregular, Fruit-

serve communities and to also

Walking the Talk”.

will also support the leaders

less and Wasteful Expend-

look at the impact government

to identify and utilise local

iture: the course will em-

natural resources in an envi-

power public officials with

ronmentally sustainable way.

skills required for managing

Art of Facilitating Par-

government expenditure in

ticipatory Community En-

order to prevent irregular,

gagement: the course aims

unauthorised, fruitless and

to build active citizens who

wasteful expenditure.

socio-economic rights:

participate in and support economic development. It

roll up their sleeves and

Citizen-centred Service

effect: •

know and assert their rights

visit schools, hospitals, police

unblock the bottlenecks and

ensure the systems and

citizens; and •

recommit themselves to belong, to care and to serve the people.

Programme and Project

and can hold government

Management: to empower

accountable and to promote

public servants to design

societal progress through

and deliver programmes

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

For more information on the courses, contact the NSG at fundedprogrammes@thensg.gov.za

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FEATURE

Writer: Kgaogelo Letsebe

DPSA launches Public Sector Women in Leadership Network The network will empower and inspire women in senior management to become resilient and effective leaders in government. DPSA Deputy Minister, Dr Chana Pilane-Majake.

T

he Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has

launched a Public Sector Women in Leadership Network as part of its Women’s Month Programme for 2022.

The network seeks to empower and inspire women in leadership in the Public Service to become more resilient and effective managers. The network is not an organisation but a community of practice that will exist mainly as an online platform supported through activations in different provinces. Speaking at the launch event, DPSA Director-General Yoliswa Makhasi said the need for the network arose after an observation of a gender and leadership disparity in the Public Service. “We launched the network

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recognising that women are not a homogeneous group and with the application of 50/50 representation principle, women have advanced in all sectors of society. The idea is to have a virtual community of practice of women in leadership within the Public Service networking, and sharing ideas and experiences,” Makhasi said. She said the three key pillars of the network will include edu-

Absa Group Managing Executive Public Sector and Growth-Capital Solutions Stephen Seaka.

cating members through free online resources and running leadership development proSchool of Government and

Looking back to march forward

other partner networks. “We

DPSA Deputy Minister, Dr

stand on shoulders of women

to provide a safe and healthy

want to contribute to the trans-

Chana Pilane-Majake, also

who fought viciously towards

working environment, espe-

formation of the Public Service.

spoke at the launch. She first

emancipation of women. The

cially for women. I am hoping

This machinery will allow us to

acknowledged the women who

status of women is indeed a

that as senior management,

do so,” Makhasi said.

marched to the Union Build-

test of civilisation, and we need

this instrument is considered to

ings, in Pretoria, on 9 August

to pose the question – how far

assess how far we have come

ing with the private sector to

1956 in protest against pass

have we progressed since this

in the improvement of the

be part of its support system.

laws. About 20 000 women

historic march 66 years ago?”.

status of women in the Public

Official sponsor Absa Group’s

took part in the historic march

Stephen Seaka committed the

and they included Struggle

powering value of the network.

Makhasi revealed that there

bank’s involvement for the next

stalwarts Lillian Ngoyi, Alber-

“Not understanding the agenda

would be quarterly networking

three years. “By giving support

tina Sisulu, Helen Joseph, Ra-

of women you then become an

sessions in different provinces.

to government, we are not only

hima Moosa, Sophia Williams-

impediment to their success.

The August activations were

setting a good example for

De Bruyn and Ray Alexander.

Sadly, we have not yet reached

done in Gauteng, Eastern Cape

gender equality in key centres

and KwaZulu-Natal. “Plans are

grammes through the National

The network is also engag-

other companies, but we are

Dr Pilane-Majake, therefore,

a more inclusive workplace. “As we launch the network, we

She acknowledged the em-

other institutions,” she said. “The Public Service is obliged

Service.”

also encouraging the develop-

viewed the launch of the net-

of power in society, includ-

in place to visit other provinces

ment and inspiration of future

work as yet another step in the

ing the State, economy, civil

in due course,” she said.

decision makers,” Seaka said.

long march towards creating

society organs and a range of

Public Sector Manager • September 2022

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Source: SAnews

FEATURE

Tourism sector shows signs of recovery T he increase in the

the COVID-19 lockdowns of the

She said conservation and

number of visitors to the

2020/21 financial year to 3 482

biodiversity management in

further 13 650 work opportuni-

country’s national parks

514,” Creecy said on Sunday.

developing countries is only

ties were created last year and

sustainable if communities liv-

835 Small, Medium and Micro

is an indication that the tourism

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Addressing the launch of the

Public Works Programme, a

sector is recovering from the

National Parks Week at Au-

ing adjacent to national parks

Enterprises participated in pro-

impact of the COVID-19 pan-

grabies National Park, in the

benefit directly from tourism

viding goods and services to

demic, says Minister of Forestry,

Northern Cape, the Minister

and its associated ecosystems.

SANParks during the 2021/22

Fisheries and the Environment,

said the recovery, primarily

“Currently, South African Na-

Barbara Creecy.

financial year.”

at this stage in the domestic

tional Parks (SANParks) and its

“I am happy to report that in

tourism market, reflects that

concessionaires, employ over 6

economic opportunities in the

the 2021/22 financial year, the

the South African Economic

100 people, 80% of whom are

national parks, earlier this year

number of visitors to the coun-

Reconstruction and Recovery

recruited from neighbouring

SANParks hosted a conference

try’s national parks increased

Plan in the tourism sector is

communities.

where over 100 projects were

by 74% from 1 996 667 during

well on track.

“Through the Expanded

In an effort to expand the

launched, seeking investment

Public Sector Manager • September 2022


partnerships in accommoda-

threaten the health of ecosys-

“It also recommended the

sets out important principles,

tion, retail activities and restau-

tems and survival of species,

need for a more holistic ap-

which will guide future policy,

rants in the national parks.

and results in negative impacts

proach to sustainable use,

legislation, and decision-mak-

for livelihoods and the econ-

which ensures responsible and

ing across the sector.

omy.

humane use of South Africa’s

High-Level Panel of Experts report

“Global change, habitat loss

“This includes reshap-

biodiversity, and the ending

ing ecologically sustainable

Last year the Minister’s office

and degradation, invasive alien

of poor and harmful practices,

use in a responsible manner.

received the report of the High-

species, overharvesting, and

such as those associated with

This means ensuring species

Level Panel of Experts (HLP)

illegal harvesting all threaten

the captive lion industry,” she

persistence, and the ecological

that reviewed the existing poli-

South Africa’s biodiversity. The

said.

integrity of ecosystems. Social

cies, legislation and practices

second was that South Africa’s

on matters of elephant, lion,

biodiversity sector remains

Policies

leopard and rhinoceros man-

substantially untransformed

Government has released the

agement, breeding, hunting,

and there is inequality in ac-

draft White Paper on sustain-

The Game Meat Strategy

trade and handling.

cess to benefits arising from

able use and the Game Meat

acknowledges the significant

biodiversity and associated

Strategy for public comment.

contribution made by current

“The panel made two important findings. The first was

ecosystem services,” she said.

that despite having a range of

Furthermore, the sector has

The draft White Paper focuses

responsibilities are emphasised, as is the welfare of animals.

wildlife businesses and the

on transformation, with access

various associations that drive

biodiversity and sustainable

not reached its potential in

and beneficiation by commu-

critical elements of the value

use legislation and policies,

terms of the contribution to the

nities adjacent to protected

chain.

biodiversity loss continues to

economy and growth domestic

areas, as well as for previously

product (GDP).

disadvantaged individuals.

“Key to taking the new strategy forward will be to harness

“Its vision is for a prosper-

their experience and expertise.

that certain practices bring

ous nation, living in harmony

New private sector investments

the biodiversity sector and its

with nature. To accomplish

will be needed, and partner-

commitment to sustainable use

this, the mission is to conserve

ships and collaborations will be

into disrepute and harm the

South Africa's biodiversity, and

essential, meaningful, and with

country’s international status

maintain and restore ecological

buy-in from all stakeholders.

as an ecotourism destination.

integrity.

Additionally, the panel noted

“The HLP recommenda-

“In doing so, we must provide

“In our view, properly implemented, the Game Meat

tions provide a very clear way

transformative socio-economic

Strategy will allow for compat-

forward on how to address key

development benefits to the

ible land use on the outskirts of

sector challenges and highlight

nation, through justifiable,

our national parks, and ensure

the importance of transforma-

responsible, and ecologi-

a sustainable off take for sur-

tion of the sector, with em-

cally sustainable, and socially

rounding communities.

powerment and capacitation

equitable, use of components

“Given the high level of inter-

of communities living with

of biodiversity encapsulated in

est in both policies, the depart-

wildlife, and recognition of their

the impact statement of ‘Thriv-

ment has extended the period

traditions and culture, as prac-

ing People and Nature’,” Creecy

of public consultation until 26

ticed through the traditional

said.

September,” the Minister said.

leaders and traditional healers.

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The draft White Paper also

–SAnews.gov.za

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GROOMING AND ST YLING

Writer: Nicholas Francis

Within the finer print Like a fine South African wine, our style and fashion sense as a nation keeps getting better. Over the past 28 years of democracy, we have seen many a South African designer showcase their beautiful garments on the runways of fashion weeks – from New York to Paris. This Heritage Month, we showcase some proudly South African brands that can fit perfectly into your wardrobe for any occasion.

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Women 1.

Mantsho: Black & White Kimono R7 500, available at www.mantsho.com

2.

Michael Ludwig: No Waste Jumpsuit R3 920, available at www.tmichaelludwigstudio.com

3.

Judith Atilier: Linen Printed Coat (Elizabeth) R5 289, available at www.judithatilier.co.za

4.

Gert-Johan Coetzee: Barbie Hero Print Bodycon R2 999, available at www.shopgert.com

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5.

Koena: Mogore Grey Unisex Sneakers R1 199.99, available at www.koena.co.za

* Prices correct at the time of publishing.

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Men 1.

Maxhosa: MGF29 Golfer R6 600, available at www.shop.maxhosa.africa

2.

Rich Mnisi: Bumber Jumper R7 320, available at www.richmnisi.com

3.

House of Fabrosanz: FRS900 Nguni Print Slim Tie R450, available at www.houseoffabrosanz.com

4.

Franc Elis: Rich Man Style Shirt R699, available at www.francelis.co.za

5.

Bathu: Switch 1120 – Naledi Yellow, R1 499 available at www.bathu.co.za

* Prices correct at the time of publishing.

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By: Sam Bradley and Jill Langley, Images: Bevan Langley and Jill Langley

TRAVEL XXX

Discovering treasure in Morgan Bay S

Coast experiences having ranged between the extremes of the increasingly touristy Coffee Bay and the relatively inaccessible Dwesa-Cwebe Reserve, arriving in Morgan Bay was an absolute revelation. We somehow felt like the only visitors in this peaceful beachfront village. We took

outh Africa is one of

daunting – badly potholed

reassuring dose of modern

the journey during the month

those countries where

roads, any number of straying

conveniences.

of April and our initial expec-

you are absolutely

livestock, misleading sign-

tations were of a quiet little

spoilt for choice when it comes

posts and, to top it all, patchy

Nature’s beauty

to choosing a new place to

cellphone reception for when

Picture towering grassy cliffs

other than eat delicious food,

explore. One destination that

you inevitably get lost.

getaway with not much to do

with near-vertical rocky faces

sleep late and relax on the

But a mere one hour’s drive

plunging into the sea, azure

soft sand beaches.

cially for Heritage Month, is the

northeast of East London lies

blue waters home to frolick-

Wild Coast. Here, the pastoral

a veritable gem. Although

ing dolphins and whales,

check-in at our hotel soon set

rhythms and rugged natural

8 km away from the Kei River

long white sand beaches and

us straight though.

beauty remain much as they

mouth and, therefore, not

unspoilt coastal and riverine

have been since lifetimes past.

technically in the Wild Coast,

forests alive with birdsong.

beach time, we realised we

There are, however, plenty

it combines all the beauty and

I’m talking of course about

were going to be spoilt for

of reasons why planning a

wildness of this unmatched

Morgan Bay.

choice. From water activi-

trip to the Wild Coast can be

stretch of coastline with a

can’t be overlooked, espe-

A short conversation after

As well as the obvious

ties to hiking, birdwatching,

With our previous Wild

horse riding or rock climbing the iconic Morgan Bay cliffs, we had our share of outdoor activities lined up! And that’s not forgetting chilled lunches at one of the restaurants in town, beauty treatments at the local spa or sundowners from the clifftop overlooking the bay. Was a three-day stay going to be long enough? Early the next morning we The Strandloper Hiking Trail leads from the cliffs down onto the beach at the Double Mouth Nature Reserve.

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put on hiking boots, grabbed binoculars and water bottles

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Know before you go Peace and serenity on the beach at Morgan Bay.

Morgan Bay’s swimming beach is manned by lifeguards during peak holiday seasons. There are three restaurants and a convenience store in town, as well as an FNB ATM. The road to Morgan Bay is tarred except for the last 7 km, which is a well-maintained dirt road. Accommodation ranges from camping to fully-catered guesthouses and hotels, but we recommend the Mitford Hotel. With its old-world charm it is a piece of Morgan Bay history and its beachfront rooms and restaurant are a welcome haven at the end of a day out.

with rudimentary maps and relying on little more than wind power. Needless to say, the coastline is littered with shipwrecks and the beaches haunted by ghost stories. In the 1600s, the Portuguese Santa Espirito sank close to the beaches of Double Mouth Nature Reserve. Over time, the sea has slowly worked up the spilled cargo of Ming pottery and Carnelian beads, littering the beach with this ancient treasure. Part hard work dig-

Watching the sunset from the cliffs is a must.

ging in the sand and part luck reveals all kinds of one-of-aand hit the Strandloper Hiking

kind artefacts and keepsakes

our tired feet on a solo sunset Having the beach all to yourself is very possible at Morgan Bay.

Trail. This trail meanders along

stroll. Crabs scuttled between

cliffs and beaches from Kei

the receding waves and soft

Mouth to East London. With

dunes, their movements an

time to complete only a short

echo of the water rushing up

Whether your idea of a per-

section of it, we joined the lo-

and down. Plough snails with

fect break is indoor pampering

cal herds of goats and climbed

fleshy foot firmly anchored in

and fine dining, or something

the cliffs, being sure to stay

the shifting sand peppered

ing spent on the aptly-named

outdoors and action packed,

well away from the edge in

the waves’ retreat, and all was

Treasure Beach. The coastline

we are convinced that Morgan

places where they seemed to

absolute peace and beauty.

of the Wild Coast, with its

Bay is the perfect getaway.

rough seas and rocky ledges

And what better way to cel-

is particularly treacherous for

ebrate national Tourism Month

know no fear of heights. Later we happily ditched

The Treasure Beach

that were last touched by human hands many hundreds of years ago.

the boots and let the soft

By far though, our absolute

vessels, but never more so

than by packing your bags for

white sand and crisp water of

favourite activity of the visit for

than in the centuries gone by

somewhere new?

Morgan Bay’s beach caress

its uniqueness was a morn-

when ships were navigating

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Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

FOOD AND WINE

Delicious South African delicacies A

s we celebrate Heritage Month, we look at local food and ingredients that South Africa has become so well known for. From food on the braai to our desserts and from vetkoek to biltong, South African food

is all about good flavour as we draw from our combined cultures. We share some nice recipes from local cooks for some proudly South African dishes you can try.

Honey Roasted Butternut and Biltong Quiche (Courtesy of Christine Capendale from Disney Cookabout) serves 4 Ingredients: • 3 sheets phyllo pastry. • olive oil spray. • 80 ml cooked, *caramelised onion. • 300 g honey roasted butternut wedges. • 80 g crumbled feta cheese. • 80 ml low fat sour cream. • 1 egg. • 80 g thinly sliced biltong (use lean biltong). • fresh basil for serving. *Caramelised onions: Use 1 large onion, sliced thinly and sauteed in olive oil till golden brown and caramelised. Method • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. • Lay a sheet of phyllo pastry on the work surface. Spray with olive oil, top with second sheet and spray with olive oil. Do the same with third sheet of phyllo pastry. • Cut the layered sheets in half and place on top of one another. • Line a greased rectangular quiche dish with the pastry sheets – cut off any excess pastry with scissors. • Mix the egg and sour cream together and spread on the pastry. • Top with caramelized onion, butternut and the feta cheese.

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fridge. Before grilling allow the meat to come to room temperature. You can add slices of different coloured bell peppers between the meat pieces as well. Coleslaw (Courtesy of Fatima Sydow from Fatima Sydow Cooks) What is a summer lunch or braai without a crisp, crunchy coleslaw? You can throw this salad together in a jiffy – ideal for relaxed, hassle-free entertaining. It’s so refreshing • Bake in oven for about 15 minutes.

Method:

and contrasts

• Cut the fillet

beautifully with

into bite-

the grilled

slightly and top with the

sized cubes.

meat straight

biltong slices and fresh basil.

Place the beef

off the braai.

pieces into a

Serves 6

• Remove from the oven, cool

Beef Fillet Kebabs (Cour-

large bowl, add

tesy of Fatima Sydow from

the rest of the

her book, Fatima Sydow

ingredients and

Cooks)

mix well. Cover

serves 2-3

with cling wrap and

Ingredients:

leave to marinate at room

• 600 g beef fillet.

temperature for 15 minutes.

chopped.

• salt and pepper, to taste. • 15 ml (1 tbsp) smoked paprika.

Ingredients: •

cabbage, shredded. • 200 g carrots, grated.

metal kebab skewer, leaving

Tips:

• 60 ml (¼ cup) sugar.

a little space between each

• Instead of orange juice you

• 250 ml (1 cup) mayonnaise.

piece of meat to ensure even

can make the marinade with

• 5 ml (1 tsp) whole cumin

cooking. Repeat until all the

lemon juice. You can also

meat pieces are on skewers.

add the zest of the orange

seeds.

50 g spring onions,

• 2.5 ml (½ tsp) salt.

• Thread 4 beef pieces on a

• 10 ml (2 tsp) ground cumin.

• 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh corian-

350 g mixed

• 30 ml (2 tbsp) black sesame seeds.

to the marinade. The kebabs

Method:

on the braai over hot coals

can be prepared hours in

• In a large bowl, combine the

• 60 ml (4 tbsp) orange juice.

for 2 minutes on each side.

advance.

• 30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil.

Serve on their own or with a

der, chopped.

• Grill on a hot griddle pan or

fresh salad.

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• Wrap them with cling wrap and marinate them in the

cabbage, carrots and spring onions and give them a quick stir. Next, add the salt,

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sugar and mayonnaise and mix well. • Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight to allow the flavours to develop. • Sprinkle over black sesame seeds and serve with roast chicken, grilled meat or on a sandwich. Tips: Instead of cutting the cabbage by hand, shred it finely in a food processor. This salad will keep in the fridge for three to five days.

• 1 cup sugar.

potjie, put on the lid and

pudding, use half a cup of

• ½ cup hot water.

bake for 50 minutes by plac-

sugar and a full cup of hot

• ½ cup butter.

ing some coals underneath

water for the sauce, instead

the potjie and some coals

of the other way round as

Malva Pudding on the

Method:

on top of the lid. Don’t add

per the ingredients list.

Braai (Courtesy of Jan

• Light the fire. You need few-

too much heat, as burning

• After about 50 minutes of

Braai)

er coals than when braaing

is a big danger. There is no

baking, insert a skewer into

Serves 6

steak, but you’ll need a

particular risk in having too

the middle of the pudding to

Want to test your skill on an

steady supply of coals once

little heat and taking up to 1

test whether it’s done. If the

open flame? – this is your

the pudding is baking. Now

hour to get the baking done,

skewer comes out clean, it’s

chance. Otherwise, opt for the

use butter to grease your

so rather go too slow than

ready.

conventional oven and bake at

no. 10 flat-bottomed baking

too fast. During this time,

180° for 30-40 mins.

potjie.

you can add a few fresh hot

and pour the sauce evenly

coals to the bottom and top

over it. Believe me, it will

Ingredients:

• Sift the flour and the bicar-

The Batter:

bonate of soda into a large

of the potjie whenever you

absorb all the sauce – you

• 1 cup flour.

bowl and stir in the sugar

feel the pudding is losing

just need to leave it standing

• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of

(you don’t need to sift the

steam.

for a few minutes. Serve the

soda. • 1 cup white sugar.

sugar). • In another mixing bowl,

• When the pudding has been

malva pudding warm with a

baking for about 40 minutes

scoop of vanilla ice-cream,

• 1 egg.

whisk the egg very well.

(about 10 minutes before

a dollop of fresh cream or

• 1 tablespoon apricot jam.

Now add the jam, vinegar,

it’s done), heat all the sauce

a puddle of vanilla custard.

• 1 tablespoon vinegar.

butter and milk, whisking

ingredients in a small potjie

A good way to keep it hot

• 1 tablespoon melted butter.

well after adding each ingre-

over medium coals. Keep

is to put it near the fire, but

dient.

stirring to ensure that the

not too close – after doing

butter is melted and the sug-

everything right, we don’t want it to burn now.

• 1 cup milk.

• Add the wet ingredients to For the sauce:

the dry ingredients and mix

ar is completely dissolved,

• ½ cup cream.

well.

but don’t let it boil. If you

• ½ cup milk.

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• Take the pudding off the fire

• Pour the batter into the

want a (slightly) less sweet

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