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Contents: July 2019 Regulars 10




Conversations with leaders Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi on what it means to be registered as a South African citizen Profiles in leadership Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) Chief Operations Officer Dr Sandile Malinga is keeping South Africa’s airspace safe Women in the public sector Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Clinical Manager Dr Nonkululeko Boikhutso’s own life story inspired her to enter the public health sector Trailblazer Major Mandisa Mfeka is breaking barriers as South Africa’s first female fighter pilot



Vital stats The State of the Nation Address in numbers


In other news News you need to know when you are on the go


Upcoming Events A look at local and international events


Provincial focus New Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku is putting the health of medical professionals first


International relations New International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor is looking out for more international opportunities for young South Africans



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SONA: A dream for a new city President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined his plan to achieve a modern, efficient South Africa in his recent State of the Nation Address President announces seven priorities to take SA forward President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced seven priorities that will fast track South Africa’s path to prosperity Pictorial: Ushering in the sixth administration in style The State of the Nation Address (SONA) in pictures

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A new guard for a new dawn Government is restructuring itself to best serve its citizens


Improving healthcare services in the North West State patients can look forward to a better level of healthcare


Mohale’s blueprint for a better South Africa Outgoing Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Bonang Mohale reflects on his time at the organisation and what lies ahead for South Africa

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Financial fitness Celebrate Savings Month in July


Health and wellbeing Supporting colleagues with depression


Food and wine Winter winner treats


Car reviews The stylish T-Cross is on its way


Travel Seafood and sea life - this is Paternoster


Grooming and style Cosy winter accessories


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Turn Mandela’s

vision into reality competent individuals charged

to hold your head up high. Would

with growing South Africa’s

he nod his head and smile at the

economy. The country is filled with

way you interact with the people

new hope and Mandela Month

you are employed to serve, or

serves to emphasise what can be

would his heart be heavy?

achieved through the collective actions of all of us. As public employees we are

Minister in t he Presidency, Jac kson Mt hembu.


As public servants we face daunting challenges, from having to find innovative ways of making

well positioned to make a real

budgets go further to facing

difference in the lives of ordinary

people who may be feeling angry

South Africans. Our actions

and let down. No-one will deny

impact people directly and our

that ours is a challenging job.

attitudes can either send a ripple

It is how we react to these

of positivity or flood of negativity.

pressures that determine our

andela Month presents

Mandela understood this – he

character, strength and fortitude.

the perfect opportunity

demonstrated in every action that

When despondency sets in,

to reflect on how we as

he took how the power of one can

remember the extraordinary

become a force for good.

sacrifices that Mandela made

public servants are living up to Madiba’s ideal of putting the wel-

2019 is a momentous year for our

while fighting for the freedom

fare of South Africa’s people at the

nation because it marks a quarter

we enjoy today. Consider the

centre of everything we do.

of a century of our democracy.

monumental task he faced as

His legacy inspires us to do what

This milestone necessitates that

the country’s first democratic

we can to make the country – and

we reflect not only on what has

president. He was at the helm of

indeed the world – a better place.

been achieved in the past 25

the administration tasked with fully

years but how we, as individuals

dismantling apartheid, completely

at a more opportune time. South

whose first priority it is to represent

overhauling existing legislation,

Africa faces a new dawn after the

the interests of citizens, are faring.

implementing a new constitution

Mandela Month could not come

re-election of Cyril Ramaphosa as

If Madiba were to spend a day

and trying to reverse decades

President and the appointment

with you, observing how you go

of damage caused by a deeply

of a new cabinet made up of

about your job, would you be able

entrenched system of oppression.


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He rose to the challenge

social wage which includes free

strengthening the capacity of the

while remaining humble and

housing, water, electricity and

state to address the needs of the

accessible. He is remembered



not only for his achievements but

President Ramaphosa’s five

for the joy he found in interacting

focus areas have signposted

that all public servants roll up their

with people of all walks of life. It

the country’s way forward. He

sleeves and work together, smartly,

was this genuine interest in the

intends on accelerating inclusive

with dedication and, above all,

wellbeing of others that fostered

economic growth and creating

keeping the end goal in mind –

the great love so many people

jobs; improving education and

the bettering of the lives of the

will always have for Madiba

skills; bettering the lives of the

millions of people still weighed

and their belief back in the

poor; intensifying the fight against

down by poverty, inequality and

tumultuous early 90s that a new

corruption and state capture; and


Achieving his vision will require

nation would emerge from the ashes of apartheid. The South African government has embedded Mandela’s values in our constitution, in much of our legislation and in our Batho Pele principles. His commitment to putting people first is thus not only to be admired but is, in fact, required of every public servant. While Mandela Month inspires us to take stock of our contribution to growing South Arica, it also presents the opportunity to celebrate South Africa’s successes. Our constitution is one of the best in the world, we enjoy better access to primary healthcare, early childhood development and basic and tertiary education. School nutrition programmes are making a very real difference to our children and our indigent benefit from the provision of a

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Strive for Mandela’s culture of excellence


part from his obvious quali-

As we celebrate Mandela

ties of dignity and leader-

Month with public celebrations

ship, Nelson Mandela had

and various community outreach

an unwavering commitment to serv-

initiatives, let us recommit to

ing the people of South Africa.

putting Madiba’s legacy at the

As he strove to create a liveable and equitable nation,

Phumla Williams, GCIS

heart of everything we do.

Acting Director-General.

We must embrace As we celebrate 25 years of

he embodied professionalism,

government’s commitment to

excellence and dedication. He

professionalising the public

freedom and democracy, we must

blazed a trail for future generations

service by being courteous

reflect on how much corruption

of public servants and left clear

when dealing with the public,

has cost our economy and our

guidelines for us to follow.

delivering services that are

reputation and in doing so, we will

cost-effective and efficient and

realise just how important it is that

promoting equal access.

we do everything in our power to

Madiba’s ideals should be kept top of mind by those working in the public eye and those carrying out their duties behind the scenes. The eight Batho Pele principles, which are aligned with the constitution, guide public

In doing so, we will be

end the scourge.

honouring Madiba’s legacy and

It has been said many times,

answering our President’s call to

but let it be said again: we need

grow South Africa together.

a zero-tolerance approach to

President Ramaphosa has

corruption in local, provincial

servants to abide by Madiba’s

made it clear that civil servants

and national government. If

high standards and people-first

who are indifferent to the

you are aware of corruption

philosophy. These principles should

needs and concerns of citizens

happening around you, then you

be well displayed in every public

or who use their position for

cannot simply stand back and

office and we should remind

personal gain have no place in

watch. It is crucial that incidents

ourselves often of the Batho Pele

his government because their

of wrongdoing are reported so

slogan: ‘We belong, we care, we

actions result in a breakdown of

that we can put an end to this


trust and a deterioration in the

significant threat to our democratic

quality of services delivered.

nation and the people who live

In his first State of the Nation Address, our current commander-

Just as we all need to uphold

in it.

in-chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa,

a service ethos, so too must we

This Mandela Month, remember

concluded his speech by saying:

play a part in ending corruption

that becoming an exemplary civil

“Now is the time for all of us to

and building an ethical state.

servant is in your power – simply

work together, in honour of Nelson

Stamping out corruption needs

put the people of South Africa at

Mandela, to build a new, better

to become a part of every public

the centre of all you do and the

South Africa for all.”

servant’s professional duties.

rest will fall into place.


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Writer: More Matshediso

Identity is key to

socio-economic inclusion C


re g i s t ra t i o n

i m p o r ta n t



it enables citizens to

education, open bank accounts and purchase homes and cars.

to access services while helping

Others use these documents to

government accurately plan for

open businesses. Quite clearly,

service delivery.

these documents have a huge impact on the socio-economic

Home Affairs Minister Aaron

inclusion of our people,” said

Motsoaledi, whose department

Minister Motsoaledi.

is responsible for registering

He was speaking at the fifth

people shortly after they are

annual meeting of the ID4Africa

born (birth certificate), when

Movement held recently.

they travel (passport), when

The minister said the

they get married (marriage

department has already

certificate) and when they pass

registered over 85 percent of

on (death certificate).

South Africa’s estimated

He explained that civil

57 million people.

registration and the statistics

In order to include the

of the country go together to

remaining 15 percent, the

measure the amount of work a

department has launched

country still needs to do.

its Late Registration of Birth

“We have a monopoly in the

programme, which caters for

services we provide because no

people who were not registered

other institution does what we

within 30 days of birth.

do. Hence, we have to do them


to access social grants and

have a sense of belonging and

This is according to the new

Home Af fairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

documents that enable citizens

Those who were not registered

with diligence,” said Minister

need to visit the department’s


offices, where the process and

“For example, we issue

requirements for each individual

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will be explained. “In the main, you need to come with a parent or a relative who

Statistics South Africa, always

and to know for what purposes

reminds us that what gets

they are here,” he added.

measured, gets done,” he said.

is documented, a letter from

He said the department has to continuously evolve to meet the

councillor outlining that they

Contributing to economic growth

know you and you are who you

One of the priorities of the current

programme that includes looking

say you are. Those who attended

administration, which was elected

at what services can be delivered

school must supply a copy of the

in May, is the creation of jobs.

online, he explained.

your traditional leader or local

record which shows the year in

is tasked with modernising visa


requirements to attract highly

in this era of the Fourth Industrial

embarking on a modernisation

In line with this, the department

which they were registered,” he He said it is quite alarming that

changing needs of citizens. It is

skilled foreign nationals. The minister said South Africa

Reflecting on 25 years of democracy The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr

Revolution there are still citizens

always welcomes the safe and

Naledi Pandor – who once served

who are born, get married and

orderly migration of people.

as Home Affairs minister – also

die without ever being recorded

He cited the National

spoke at the meeting about

Development Plan (NDP) that talks

the progress that South Africa

about the contribution a relatively

has made with regard to civil

unregistered people never

unrestricted movement of labour

registration and vital statistics.

existed. It is mindboggling to

across the region and the

imagine how people go about

continent can make in building

countries on the continent hard at

their everyday lives and receive

an inclusive economy.

work to develop integrated, secure,

anywhere. “In essence, it means

essential services that each

“This, in part, is a recognition of

“South Africa is among the many

digital identification systems,” she said.

citizen of each county is entitled

the important role that migrants

to without proper registration,” he

have played in our economic


development and regional

been an easy road for South

integration since the late 19th

Africa to travel. This work started

century,” he said.

in earnest after the dawn of

He said having unregistered citizens in the country makes it

Minister Pandor said it has not

democracy in 1994.

difficult for government to deliver

“We are determined to ensure

services because those who are

that we play our part in growing

not registered enjoy the services

the economy to increase the

civil registration system, largely

that were meant for registered

state’s capacity to fight poverty,

predicated on a divisive race

citizens, and that means many

inequality and underdevelopment.

discourse. It was a discriminatory

people who were supposed to

While we are doing this, we are

system designed to systematically

get services end up not getting

mindful of the need to ensure

deny Africans citizenship. Only


that we register and document

4.5 million white people in the

everyone who is in the country

country had enjoyed access

“Our prime statistics institution,

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“We had inherited a fragmented



to acceptable levels of civic

example, with the statistical

with the Department of Health,

services,” she explained.

institutions, population registers,

with the sole purpose of ensuring

national ID systems and voter

births at health facilities are

our immediate task was to forge

registration systems,” said Minister


a common, non-racial and


“At the inception of democracy,

non-sexist national identity in an

She said when the birth of a

About 391 health facilities in public hospitals have been

endeavour to deconstruct the

South African is registered, the

connected so far, and this allows

civic divisions and inequalities of

child’s name and birth date are

mothers who give birth in these

our colonial and apartheid past.

linked to an identity number

facilities to register their children

and a record is created on the

and receive birth certificates

landmarks of the democratic era

National Population Register. This

before going home.

and its transformation agenda,

gives the child an identity as a

we introduced a common,

citizen, with all the constitutional

“Accordingly, as one of the

compulsory identity document for all citizens, irrespective of race, and established a single national Department of Home Affairs,” she added. As such, the ID, popularly known as the green barcoded ID book of 1986, was also issued to the African majority, a right previously denied to Africans in the former apartheid-designed homelands. In this manner, government

"The law demands that parents register their new-born babies within 30 days of birth".

As outlined in the country’s NDP, South Africa is expected to have registered 90 percent of births by 2030 and 100 percent by 2063. In the 2018/2019 financial year, the country had registered 85.7 percent of births. Over and above this, the department is starting to automate the registration of births, marriages and deaths. It also prints the names of parents in their children’s passports, for ease of travel.

succeeded in providing a common ID for all citizens and

rights and obligations that

officially opened doors for

accompany this status.

citizens to exercise their rights

The law demands that parents

Smart ID card, eHomeAffairs In July 2013, the green ID book

and to access services, including

register their new-born babies

was replaced with a new smart

registering births, accessing

within 30 days of birth. Once

ID card, and government has

social grants, opening bank

a child has a birth certificate,

been encouraging South

accounts, seeking employment,

he or she can be issued with a

Africans to apply to get one.

voting and enrolling at school.

passport and can enjoy access

Minister Pandor said the

to services offered by other

replacement of the green ID

that the full value of data from

government departments, like

book was motivated by security

civil registries comes when

health and education.


“Over the years, we have learnt

they are properly integrated within government systems – for


Home Affairs has entered into a memorandum of understanding

“The green ID book was manual, paper-based and open to

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manipulation but the smart ID

cards and machine-readable

partnership with four major

card is very secure because it


commercial banks in South

has a readable and verifiable

The Minister said this highlights

card-chip and embedded

how digital transformation

biographic data.

has the potential to open new

Africa – ABSA, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank. The ID4Africa Movement, which

“More than 13 million smart

pathways towards smarter

was hosted by the Department

ID cards have been issued in

platforms and new ways of

of Home Affairs in Ekurhuleni,

the quest to replace about 38

service delivery.

provided an opportunity for

million green barcoded ID books.

The department has also

African countries to share their

The smart ID card is an end-

launched an electronic platform

experiences and best practices

to-end process which is wholly

called eHomeAffairs, through

in resolving civil registration

automated. It is supported by a

which citizens can now apply for


live capture system,” the Minister

new smart ID cards and passports


online, from the comfort of their

1 500 delegates from 95 countries,

homes or offices, by simply visiting

including 50 African nations and

the department’s website.

over 650 decision-makers from

Of the 412 Home Affairs offices in the country, 193 are modernised and can thus process the new smart ID

This was made possible by the department’s ongoing

The gathering attracted over

a cross-section of government stakeholders.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor.


Public Sector Manager • July 2019


Writer: More Matshediso

Keeping our airspace safe


eeping pilots, crew and pas-

In the right space

keting director of the Hermanus

sengers safe is at the heart

Dr Malinga is a space physicist

Magnetic Observatory (which is

of Air Traffic and Navigation

by profession, with a PhD in Phys-

now a directorate of the South

ics from Rhodes University.

African National Space Agency)

Services’ (ATNS). The state-owned company

He kicked off his career as a

provides safe, expeditious and ef-

lecturer at Rhodes University and

ficient air traffic management so-

the University of KwaZulu-Natal

lutions and associated services.

and was later appointed as mar-

Dr Sandile Malinga works as the

in the Western Cape, a post he held until 2010. In the same year, he was seconded to the Department of Science and Technology as the

chief operations officer (COO)

chief executive officer (CEO) of

at ATNS. He spoke to PSM about

the South African National Space

the lengths to which ATNS goes

Agency (SANSA).

to ensure its staff is equipped with

“I was involved in setting SANSA

the right skills, as well as his role

up in 2010. Once it was up and

in the organisation.

running, I was appointed fully as


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the CEO of the agency,” he said. Dr Malinga joined ATNS in 2016 in his current position. He

also provides training to other professionals in Africa.

ATNS provides services to all commercial airline operators

“It is easy for us to conceptu-

at airports across the coun-

is responsible for overseeing the

alise the roads that we see on

try where it has a presence.

operations of four key depart-

land, but we also have air routes

Dr Malinga said services that

ments: air traffic control services;

and airspace designs that ATNS

are not airport dependent are

operations technology, which is

is responsible for formulating.

also provided, including route

responsible for formulating and

These are certified and ap-

services, which is the bulk of ser-

rolling out the technology used

proved by the South African Civil

vices provided for travel between

by the entity; air traffic aviation

Aviation Authority (SACAA),” he


training; and lastly, the informa-


tion technology department.

“We also plan the technol-

“About 1 000 of the 1 300

ogy that is required, such as

ATNS furthermore provides services to private airlines and individual pilots.

employees of the entity report to

instruments for communication,

me, directly or indirectly,” he said.

navigation and surveillance.

controlled airspace, we provide

We need to determine how they

them with vital information to

that we do here. I am in charge

are deployed, monitored and

ensure their safety,” he said.

of the engine of the ATNS,” he

serviced around the country.

He reckons that the entity is


We consult the users because

rated amongst the best on the

we work in a regulated environ-

continent and probably in the

ment,” he added.

global space as well.

“I am the core of the business

Unlike a CEO, whose work is more outwardly focused and ensures stakeholder manage-

He said the entity has two

“As long as they are in the

He said ATNS’ biggest achieve-

ment and the overall supervision

regulators, one of which is the

ment, which he thinks is taken

of an entity, Dr Malinga as COO

economic regulator that consid-

for granted, is that there have

focuses largely on the opera-

ers tariff proposals and gives

been no aircraft accidents in the

tions of the entity and ensuring

permission in terms of infrastruc-

country within ATNS’ airspace.

that the key departments he

ture capital outlays, as well as

oversees deliver so that the en-

human resources.

tity can meet its mandate.

Vital to the air travel industry Some of the key programmes

“Our tariffs are reviewed every

“The safety of aircraft in our airspace has become an accepted norm and we accept

five years, in consultation with

this with great humility because

airline operators who are our

we know that issues of safety are

main clients,” he said.

very complex in their nature,” he

The second regulator is SACAA,


that are championed by the

which is responsible for regulat-

Providing state-of-the-art tech-

entity include the designing of

ing the operations and delivery

nology is another source of pride

airspace and the training of air

of aviation standards in terms

for ATNS, as are the accolades

traffic controllers, technicians

of safety and efficiency. It also

and recognition that staff mem-

and engineers, amongst others.

licenses air traffic controllers,

bers receive for their excellent

pilots and airlines.


He said the ATNS Academy

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Digital world, embracing 4IR

monitor traffic and the captured

“I do not believe that the Fourth

information will be transferred to

Industrial Revolution (4IR) will es-

Some of the challenges that ATNS

a central area. This will allow us to

sentially cut jobs. It will definitely

grapples with include having to

be more efficient in what we do,”

change the nature, texture and

be innovative and move with the

he explained.

the scope of what we do,” he

times while still upholding industry regulations.

The third innovation it wants to introduce is space-based auto-

said. “We should see change as an

For example, the entity is look-

matic dependent surveillance

opportunity to improve what we

ing at how it can use drones and

– broadcast (ADS-B), which he

do. Work will always be there. It is

digital towers without obstructing

believes is crucial to the African

the nature of work that changes.

sector standards.

continent because it has blind

We need to move and make

Dr Malinga said sometimes the

spots where there are no radar

people see opportunities that are

entity comes up with great ideas

systems to monitor aeroplanes.

there and not feel threatened.

but the regulators ask that it

“Space-based ADS-B will allow

The world around us will not stop.

doesn’t move too fast in terms of

us to see every area on the globe

We need to be careful that we

implementing these ideas.

in terms of air traffic. We are

are not holding the country back

“We are moving towards con-

partnering with stakeholders to

by focusing on one issue without

trolling air traffic without having

see how we can best roll this out,”

seeing the potential that comes

to be physically at the airports. At

he said.

with change,” he added.

the moment, our staff members

He said one of the challenges

For Dr Malinga, being conse-

man towers at all the airports at

that comes with change is the

quential is non-negotiable and

which we have a presence but

fear employees have of losing

he said he cannot leave a place

we are looking at moving away

their jobs. However, he believes

without ensuring that people

from that. We are moving towards

that change should not be

remember him for what he did.

using digital towers, especially in

looked at negatively, rather em-

“Wherever I have been and

areas where there are low levels

ployers should look at how they

wherever I have worked, I have

of traffic. We will use cameras to

can reskill employees.

tried to create a legacy.”


Public Sector Manager • July 2019


Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

Keeping the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive A

passion for public health is what drives Dr Nonkululeko Boikhutso, the clini-

the public health arena. “My passion is in the public

A few years later, at age 14, she was diagnosed with an ovarian

sector. I want to serve communi-

germ cell tumour, which she sus-

cal manager of the Nelson Man-

ties that don’t have access to

pects may have been caused

dela Children’s Hospital (NMCH).

services,” she said.

by chemicals from the bomb.

Dr Boikhutso said she is inspired

Born in Soweto, Dr Boikhutso

On both occasions, she was

by seeing an improvement in the

has been with NMCH since its

treated in public hospitals. Her

public sector’s health standards.

opening in 2017.

experiences ignited her desire

The 37-year-old is also moti-

Her passion for public health

to enter the public healthcare

vated by the values of the man

was sparked by two traumatic

sector but with a special focus

after which the NMCH is named.

events in her childhood.

on paediatrics.

Having worked in public hospi-

When she was nine years old,

tals such as Dr Yusuf Dadoo and

she was in the Johannesburg

A love for children

Charlotte Maxeke Hospital she

CBD with her mother when she

Dr Boikhutso adds that just like

said she always knew that she

was injured in a bomb blast at

former President Mandela, she

wanted to make a change in

the Carlton Centre.

too loves children and has a


Public Sector Manager • July 2019

passion for working with children.

oversees all of the hospital’s

and therefore often participate

This has been her guiding force

clinical services. Her primary job

in ward rounds.”

in every element of her career.

is to ensure the smooth running

She said the hospital special-

of the neurosurgery, cardiology

ises in treating serious illnesses

offer a refreshing and honest

and cardiothoracic surgery,

such as congenital heart

view of life.

general paediatric surgery,

problems, hydrocephalus (liquid

nephrology (dialysis), critical

on the brain) and renal failure,

care, anaesthesia and

among others. “We are a

radiology departments, as well

sub-specialist hospital, meaning

as the pharmacy.

we treat rare and complicated

Dr Boikutso adds that children

She said NMCH helps children to live full and happy lives. “The vision of the hospital is to give every child a chance to live and I think we have a

While Dr Boikhutso reports to


family- and child-centred ap-

the CEO of the 200-bed hospital,

proach. We are very collabora-

she has 11 people that report

Sector interaction

tive; when we treat a child, the

directly to her.

Her job goes beyond the

parents are there. We discuss

“My job is making sure that I

hospital’s corridors as she often

with them what is happening to

have the correct people with the

has to interact with the Gauteng

their child.”

correct skills capable of deliver-

Department of Health,

ing a high-standard of service.

universities, representatives of

NMCH to succeed, society

I also have to make sure they

other hospitals and NMCH

needs to play a part by

have the right tools and that


volunteering their skills and

they perform optimally.

She said for hospitals like


"As a quality control measure,

She adds that as part of her job she has to build good

we have set up committees to

relations with the hospitals that

We have a volunteer programme

identify and address challenges

refer patients to them. This helps

that is run by the hospital trust

that impede service delivery,"

avoid unnecessary referrals,

and members of the public’s

she said.

which lead to NMCH being

“Support can be non-financial.

participation is invited. There are

She added that if mortality

various things you can do, even

meetings raise any concerns,

if you don’t want to be in the

audits are done.

wards. We also welcome

As part of her management

overburdened. She said the hospital is also building partnerships with other children’s hospitals, including

financial donations,” she said.

approach she still interacts with

the Red Cross War Memorial

“I think, most importantly, we

patients to keep a finger on the

Children’s Hospital in Cape Town,

pulse of the hospital.

the CURE Children’s Hospital of

want government to continue to support us. We treat complex

“I like to know what is

Uganda and Johns Hopkins All

health issues which are

happening on the ground.

Children’s Hospital in the United


Although I spend a lot of my

States of America (USA).

time in meetings and talking to

“Red Cross is our big brother

A mammoth task

people in my office, I like to see

hospital,” she said, explaining

With a staff of 92, Dr Boikhutso

what is happening on the wards

that it is an expert in paediatric

Public Sector Manager • July 2019



intensive care nurse training. “We hope to send NMCH staff members there for advanced training.” She said NMCH has also made international connections, particularly with hospitals in Canada. These hospitals provided valuable input during the planning stages of NMCH. Thanks to international partnerships such as these, NMCH doctors and nurses go to the USA, China and Canada for training. The development of more children’s hospitals in South Africa is necessary, Dr Boikhutso believes. These hospitals would serve to ensure that children get the best treatment. As things stand, hospitals tend to prioritise adults, she said, explaining that this is particularly prevalent when it comes to prioritising operations.

About Dr Boikhutso Dr Boikhutso passed her bachelor’s degree in medicine at the University of Witswatersrand. After completing the mandatory internship at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital she went on to pursue a Master of Medicine qualification, specialising in Public Health, with the College of Medicines of South Africa. After passing

her Masters she worked for medical aid provider Discovery. This was followed by five years at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital before taking up her current job at NMCH.


Public Sector Manager • July 2019


Africa’s inspirational female fighter pilot D


tisement from the SAAF, outlining

promoted to captain and then

Ramaphosa’s inaugura-

P re s i d e n t


the requirements needed to

major. Today, she flies the Hawk

tion, equally inspiring events

become a pilot or navigator in the

MK120 fighter jet.

were happening overhead. Fighter

air force. From that moment on,

jets from the South African Air Force

she knew what she wanted to do.

(SAAF) roared over Loftus Versfeld

“I was 16 years old and research-

Pursuing excellence Major Mfeka said that she always

Stadium, and amongst the brave

ing careers in maths and science

strives to emulate the example

pilots flying these supercharged

at the time. When I saw the advert,

of the commanding officers and

planes was one particularly re-

I just knew that I wanted to be in

mentors around her.

markable person – Major Mandisa

aviation. I was so excited that I

Nomcebo Mfeka, Africa’s first black

couldn’t get to sleep that night.

rounded by people who are

female jet fighter pilot.

I just wanted to finish matric and

professionals, people who are am-

join the air force,” said Major

bitious and want to be the best, so


I wanted to embody that and be

From the tender age of five, Major Mfeka would watch airshows with her nose pressed against the

And this is exactly what she did.

“At the SAAF, I have been sur-

an expert in my career,” she said.

fence of the Virginia Airport in Dur-

Straight after finishing matric in

She was honoured to become

ban. Her mother couldn’t afford

2008, she joined the air force as

the first black female SAAF fighter

the entrance fees to the airshow,

an airman at the age of 18 and

pilot but said that this is not the

but the young girl was still able to

started her basic training.

most important thing to her.

watch the incredible aerobatics of

“I quickly realised that my

“I realise that it is an honour

the pilots flying their stunt planes

aptitudes were pointing towards

and that I am representing a

and jets. She became enthralled.

combat flying, so when I got my

demographic that has been

“I was completely fascinated by

wings for the air force, that’s the

under-represented. But more than

path I took,” she said.

anything, this is the direction I

it, but I had no idea that I might be able to be flying a plane myself one day,” said Major Mfeka. Over 10 years later, she happened to come across an adver-


She progressed through the

have wanted to go in and grow

ranks, joining the 85 Combat

myself. As a black female there

Flying School in Makhado and of-

were certainly some obstacles

ficially becoming a pilot. She was

along the way and I had to learn

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

and adapt to the philosophy

volved in the Freedom Day

the scenes by my superiors and

here. It’s an honour to be where I

celebrations in Port Elizabeth,

colleagues for such an event.

am, but it’s also sobering be-

where she had the opportunity of

But more than anything, it made

cause I’m accountable not only

flying in formation with one of her

me realise how far I need to go

to myself but to the people I rep-

heroes – Colonel Musa Mbhoko-

to get to where I want to be. I am

resent. This just makes me want to

ta, who became the SAAF’s first

still very much a junior here. There

push harder and not let anyone

black jet fighter pilot in 2002.

is so much I have to achieve to

down,” she said.

“Colonel Mbhokota was flying the Gripen jet, the one I dream

Presidential inauguration and funeral

reach what I term the pinnacle of my career.”

of flying one day, while we were

The Gripen jet is the SAAF’s

in the Hawks. He is somebody I

premier fighter jet and Mfeka

look up to very much and I draw

dreams of becoming the com-

Major Mfeka has flown jets at

such inspiration from him, so it

mander of such an aircraft one

some of South Africa’s most pres-

was an honour to fly in formation


tigious events. A few years after

with him.”

“When I see myself flying that

getting her wings, she was tasked

President Ramaphosa’s inau-

with flying at the funeral of former

guration was an equally proud

would be so honoured if I could

President Nelson Mandela.

moment, she said. “It showed me

reach that milestone – it would

how much work is done behind

be a dream come true.”

Earlier this year, she was in-

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

jet, I get extremely excited. I



Major Mfeka’s message to the youth

are an indication of what you

Major Mfeka said that the youth

can achieve and what you can

disciplined about reaching their

should never let their circum-

become. Your potential is not


stances stand in the way of

determined by your background.

“We learn about discipline

becoming a success.

Some people from very impover-

on our sports fields and in our

ished areas have achieved really

classrooms. Be open enough to

great things. They did not let their

understand that those who came

circumstances dictate to them

before you are more experienced

what their life was going to be

than you and can therefore guide


you to become your best self.

“Your dreams and passions

She advises youth to surround

Major Mfeka. She also urges the youth to be

Be humble enough to recognise

themselves with people who can

when someone can add value to

inspire them to reach greater

your life.”

heights. “Find mentors who can propel you forward or show you how to open doors to what you want to achieve in

“I would like to say a big thank

life. Don’t wait until

you to all of my mentors and of-

it is too late. You

ficers commanding, and also to

can be whoever

the SAAF for affording me these

you choose to

opportunities and opening up

be if you follow

these platforms to me. I am where

it up with

I am because of the contribution


of others. My officer commanding


Lieutenant Colonel Craig Leeson

and pas-

is excellence-driven and passion-

sion and

ate,” she said, adding that he em-

you have

bodies the ideal combat aviator.


“I am really grateful for all the


people who had a hand in my

you who

development, including my school


teachers. More than anything, my

value to

parents have been an incredible

your life,”

support structure to me. Thank



Thanking the people who helped her spread her wings


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The State of the Nation Address in numbers National Development Plan (NDP)

for young people within the next

3, 6 and 9 – The targeted school


grades where there should be an

1 100 – The number of indicators

50 000 – The number of young

improvement of the capabilities

that the Medium-Term Strategic

people that the National Youth

of teachers and ensuring a more

Framework had for the last five

Service will take a year.

consistent measurement

years, which measured progress in

6 – The number of months that the

of progress.

the implementation of the NDP.

national minimum wage has been

500 000 – The number of children

5 – The number of years in which

in place.

of school-going age with

the Medium-Term Strategic Frame-

155 000 – Jobs to be created in

disabilities who are not in school.

work had more than

the next five years through the

1 100 indicators, which measured

Public-Private Growth Initiative.

5 – The number of years that gov-

progress in the implementation of the NDP.

Government priorities and goals 7 – The number of priorities that

Human settlements

Quality education for all

ernment will accelerate the provision of well-located housing and

10 – The age in which a child will

land to poor South Africans.

be able to read for meaning in the

70 percent – The number of South

next decade.

Africans that are going to be living

the new administration will focus on. 5 – The number of fundamental goals for the next decade. 10 – The number of years in which government will make progress in tackling poverty, inequality and unemployment.

Employment and economic opportunities 50 percent – The unemployment rate among young South Africans. 2 million – New jobs to be created


Public Sector Manager • July 2019

Tourism 21 million – The number of international tourist arrivals projected by 2030.

Safety and security 5 000 – Number of students registered for basic training in South Africa’s police training colleges. 7 000 – The envisaged number of students to be registered for basic in the urban areas by 2030.

the private sector has committed

training in South Africa’s police

to invest in projects through the

training colleges per cycle over

Access to healthcare

Public-Private Growth

the next two intakes.

2 million – The figure that


R14.7 billion – The value of

government aims to increase the

43 – Number of projects that the

estimated civil claims arising

number of people on antiretroviral

private sector has

from the Special Investigative

treatment by

committed to invest in through the

Unit investigations.

December 2020.

Public-Private Growth

Growing the economy

19 – Number of sectors that the

Strengthening local government

10 – The number of years in which

private sector has committed to

44 – Number of districts that

government expects South Af-

invest in through the

government will focus on to speed

rica’s economy to be growing at a

Public-Private Growth Initiative.

up service delivery,

rate far greater than the country’s

5 – The number of years in which

ensuring that municipalities


government aims to create 155

are properly supported and

R230 billion – The fiscal support

000 jobs through the

adequately resourced.

that Eskom will require over the

Public-Private Growth Initiative.

8 – Number of metros that

next 10 years.

R100 billion – The amount that

government will focus on to speed

R300 billion – The amount of

government has allocated for the

up service delivery,

investments announced at the

Infrastructure Fund.

ensuring that municipalities

inaugural Investment Conference

1 day – The period it should take

are properly supported and

in 2018.

for companies to be registered.

adequately resourced.

R250 billion – The amount worth

R3.9 billion – The amount

of projects that has entered the

allocated to the Land Bank to


implementation phase.

support black commercial farm-

25 – The number of years since

R840 billion – The amount that


South Africa’s democracy.


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of the Executive Bureau for two years.

Department welcomes report on GBV shelters The Department of Social Development has welcomed the results contained in the Commission for Gender Equality’s (CGE) investigative report on the State of Shelters in South Africa. The department acknowledged the challenge of inadequate funding and unit-cost disparities in various provinces as mentioned in the report. The report highlights that the Department of Social Development cooperated

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng steps down as CCJA President

role on constitutional issues in

during the investigation and will

the global arena. When Chief

continue working with the CGE

Justice Mogoeng took over as

to make sure that all survivors of

President in April 2017, the CCJA

gender-based violence (GBV) are protected.

Chief Justice of the Republic of

comprised 35 full members and

South Africa Mogoeng Mogoeng

one member with observer status.

stepped down as President of

To date, the CCJA comprises 46

prioritising the framework and

the Conference of Constitutional

full members and three members

implementation guidelines

Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA)

with observer status. The sharp

to assist all provinces to

at the end of his two-year term.

increase in membership was

implement the policy in a similar

He handed over the reins to the

due to Chief Justice Mogoeng’s

way – including realistic and

President of the Constitutional

rigorous work on the continent.

undeviating unit costs within the

Tribunal of Angola, Justice Manuel da Costa Aragão. During his term of office as

Chief Justice Mogoeng will remain part of the Executive Bureau of the CCJA for the

“The department is

budget allocated by Treasury,” the department said. The prioritisation framework

President of the CCJA, Chief

next two years as per Article

aims to assist provinces across

Justice Mogoeng oversaw the

20 of the CCJA statute, which

the board to reprioritise identified

rapid growth of the CCJA as a

makes provision for the outgoing

programmes which will be funded

continental body as well as its

President to remain a member

in a uniform manner.


Public Sector Manager • July 2019

“Currently, the department,

to a national division, and

working with National Treasury, is

other specialised units will be

finalising its reprioritisation, and


GBV has been identified as one

“This unit will extend its mandate

determination,” he said. The continuous report of alleged police corruption is receiving attention.

of the programmes that should

and deal with other crimes

be tested to ensure that all

of fear that are terrorising our

appointment of the IPID head is

provinces fund GBV programmes.

communities,” he said.

currently underway,” he said.

Testing will take place from

Cele said this would also

“The process of the

The policing approach will

July 2019 and will continue

include murder, rape, car

align with the new crime patterns

for a period of 12 months,” the

hijackings, house robberies,

of enhancing resources in

department said.

house burglaries and cash-in-

combatting economic crimes;

transit heists.

stabilising the troubled trucking

The department has also developed a Victim Support

Cele said that plans to fully

Services Bill which will be

capacitate investigators with

processed through Cabinet

sufficient resources and relevant

during this financial year.

manpower were underway.

The department said it believes

“A Detective Academy will be

industry and tackling illegal mining. “The specialised focussed policing will also extend to support the specialised task

that the Bill will assist in improving

established to strengthen the

teams focussing on political,

sheltering conditions in the

capacity and training of new

police, high profile, and taxi

country, in turn ensuring the

detectives and specialised

related killings.”

protection of survivors of violence.

investigators. “Cooperation between

Police's Anti-Gang Unit elevated to national office

prosecutors and investigators

the recently-established Anti-

priority cases. “The project of the

national office to ensure that its

establishment of specialised

mandate is extended to deal with

courts will be enhanced to

more community crimes.

promote the effectiveness and

His announcement came at the

efficiency of the criminal justice system,” he said.

members of the Anti-Gang Unit

The Hawks are making serious

being attacked and shot at in

inroads in economic crimes and

Samora Machel in Cape Town.

people are witnessing significant

“In responding directly to the scourge of gangsterism, the Anti-Gang Unit will be elevated

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

gaining momentum.

investigation will be intensified to improve the success rate of all

back of an incident that saw six

the 72-hour activation plan is

through prosecutorial guided

Police Minister Bheki Cele said Gang Unit will be elevated to the

Cele said the success rate of

arrests in this regard. “To date 1 800 dockets have been submitted to the NPA for



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Taking care of our doctors Doctors safeguard the health of society but their own wellbeing is often neglected, to the detriment of the healthcare system. The Gauteng Department of Health hopes to turn this around.

Gauteng Healt h MEC Dr Bandile Masuku (right) during a visit to George Mukhari Hospital.


auteng Health MEC Dr

with a wealth of knowledge and

Mukhari Academic Hospital and

Bandile Masuku is

experience in the field.

has worked in various positions

prioritising the wellbe-

Prior to his appointment, Dr

at Charlotte Maxeke Academic

ing of medical professionals

Masuku served as head of the

Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwa-

to improve healthcare in the

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

nath Hospital and Pholosong


Clinical Unit at Thelle Mogoerane


Dr Masuku was appointed MEC after the national and provin-

Regional Hospital in Vosloorus.

He also serves on several

He holds a Bachelor of

boards, including the Council on

cial elections in May, taking

Medicine and Bachelor of

Higher Education and the Office

over from former MEC Dr Gwen

Surgery from Medunsa and a

of Health Standards Compli-


Master in Medicine (Obstetrics

ance, and is the Chairperson of

and Gynaecology) from Wits

the Tshwane University of Tech-

University. He trained at George

nology Council.

As a practicing medical doctor, he joined the health department


Public Sector Manager • July 2019

Soldiers of service Dr Masuku’s personal

and rehabilitation.” Dr Masuku’s vision for this

an environment for digitalisation with connections to WiFi. Having

experiences in the field inform

change lies in acknowledging

these facilities will ensure staff will

his understanding of how the


look forward to coming to work,”

working conditions affect doc-

“You cannot prepare for war if

tors and their ability to provide

your soldiers are not ready and in

Dr Masuku said a conducive

effective medical care.

the right mood to win. If we want

interface was needed between

our health system to change, we

the private and public sector to

need to focus on our foot soldiers.

encourage doctors in the private

our health facilities. I have been

“A simple acknowledgment of

sector to assist in public facilities.

through the whole value chain

good work through rewards and

of work in a hospital, and I un-

awards can boost morale. These

on a small scale but we need to

derstand what health workers on

can be in the form of vouchers,

create a better, transparent and

all levels experience. It has given

time off and recognition of

more efficient system. If we get

me greater insight into the

excellence among workers. We

private doctors and specialists

“One of my focus points will be to improve staff morale in

challenges that health practitioners face. “If we improve the morale of our doctors and other healthcare workers, we will see an improvement in their work ethic and a positive change in the attitude of the workforce. This change will trickle down to the

he said.

“This is currently happening

to come in and work a certain

"One of my focus points will be to improve staff morale in our health facilities".

patient experience. The main

number of hours and conduct training, this can increase our workforce and ensure better service.” Dr Masuku said as a gynaecologist, he would also focus on reproductive health in young women. “We will deal with teenage

complaint we receive about

have requested one of our HR

pregnancy and the prevention of

our facilities is related to staff.

specialists to develop a model

cervical cancer. We will educate

Patients complain that waiting

to help us create these. We also

young women on how to get

periods are too long, which is

want to train managers to

treatment and inform them about

often due to a shortage of staff

recognise and deal with staff

the termination of pregnancies

and staff fatigue.

problems like fatigue so they can

and accessibility to such

assist them.”


“By uplifting staff morale, we can shorten waiting times, not

He said having basics, such as

just in terms of waiting for a

the necessary tools of the trade

Recovery and stability

consultation, but also in terms of

in place would go a long way in

Dr Masuku said the department

waiting for an ambulance,

creating a better working

would continue the work of former

waiting to go into theatre for


MEC Dr Ramokgopa, who took over

surgery and waiting for medicine

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

“There is also a need to create

the department after the Life



Esidimeni tragedy in 2016. “We will continue the approach taken by our previous MEC. A recovery plan was augmented

ensures patient safety and gives

persuade our local governments

us an opportunity to learn from

to share

our mistakes,” he said.

resources to create one system to

The department would also

serve the people.”

and we have to complete its

focus on mental health and

He said the department would

implementation. We have been

work on its approach to car-

also focus on maintaining current

dealing with previous issues such

ing for those with mental health

infrastructure instead of building

as stabilising the department’s

concerns as it has become a

new facilities.

finances, which we have man-

worldwide epidemic.

aged to do by bringing down accruals.” He said the province had the

“Our medical schools do not produce enough students to fill

Maintaining current infrastructure

more facilities. We must focus our attention on what we have and

highest number of Ideal Clinics

Another priority is making primary

maintain and refurbish our exist-

in the country, which indicated its

healthcare facilities fully func-

ing facilities. ”

ability to provide quality

tional to offer 24-hour services


to communities, in line with the

also tackling leadership, com-

National Health Insurance.

munication and medico-legal

Dr Masuku explained that professionals, clinicians and

“We have seen that there is dis-

He said the department was

litigation challenges, as well as

academics from different

juncture between clinics run by

corruption, to create a stable

disciplines will be tasked with

provinces and municipalities.


producing protocols and stand-

Municipal clinics are often

ard operating plans as part of

under pressure as they serve

with an ailing healthcare system.

clinical governance to treat

many people in the community

We can do much more to bring

patients in hospitals across the

and this affects the functioning

about significant change in the

province in the same way. “This

of provincial clinics. So we will



“We cannot grow the economy

Public Sector Manager • July 2019


Youth to be at the centre of international relations N

ewly-appointed International

young South Africans all over the

we have to put at the heart of our

Relations and Cooperation

world and I know there are coun-

work economic opportunity and

Minister Dr Naledi Pandor

tries that are interested in providing

economic diplomacy.

says she will use her appointment to

these opportunities but we have

leverage international opportunities

not always taken them up on it

targets we will be asking each of

for the youth of South Africa.

more robustly,” said the Minister.

our missions what they are doing

“We should use the international

Minister Pandor was appointed

“When we set performance

to contribute to more business

opportunity far more than we are

by President Cyril Ramaphosa to

formations, more job opportunities,

doing for young people to enjoy

head the Department of Interna-

more skills development for South

skills training.

tional Relations and Cooperation

Africa and in particular for young

(DIRCO), where she is tasked with

people,” she said.

“We should have thousands of

steering South Africa’s foreign policy. Minister Pandor, who brings with

encapsulated in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which is

her a wealth of experience in pub-

the blueprint and masterplan for

lic office, said she aims to marry

transforming Africa into the global

her passion for education and ex-

powerhouse of the future.

perience in the higher education

With Africa boasting a youthful

and training sector with her new

population, with 200 million people

role at the department.

aged between 15 and 24, Agenda

In this regard, Minister Pandor

2063 places the youth at the heart

emphasised the need for African

of the action of building the con-

leaders and South Africa to work in


cooperation with other countries to

This, Minister Pandor adds, must

establish networks for training and

be done by ensuring that policy

skills development.

doesn’t simply gather dust but be-

“We have too narrow an economic activity and I think as DIRCO,


The Minister’s hopes are also

comes a living, breathing and tangible plan that opens up windows

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

of opportunity for the youth. “What we must do is convert the

education and addressing the

that they come back and service

paucity that exists in technical

our country and establish enter-

framework to implementation. We

and vocational training, Minister


must ensure that we don’t articu-

Pandor foresees a bright future for

late vision and not have action

the youth of not only SA but the

standing of what opportunity is

associated with it. What we as

continent at large.

among young people. It is not just

leaders must achieve on the Afri-

While she sees a future where

“We must diversify the under-

finding yourself in a public service

can continent is a set of concrete

the youth of SA are breaking

department but also creating new

steps that address the interests, the

ground across the globe, Minister

businesses, working in incubation

hopes, and aspirations of young

Pandor stressed the need to har-

hubs, and establishing innovative

people on the continent,” said the

ness that opportunity and plough

approaches. We need to connect


back into the country.

with them on what they would like

By improving and expanding

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

“There must be the condition

to do,” said the Minister.



SANParks employees graduated on 28 May

SANParks employees received certificates of their

their responsibilities effectively for the fulfilment of their

successful completion of the Emerging Management

institutional obligations.

Development Programme (EMDP) on 28 May at the St Georges Hotel. This marked the end of their nine-month

SANParks entered into a Memorandum of Agreement

journey when the 130 participants from four regions of

(MoA) with the NSG in September 2018 for the capacity

SANParks across the country converged to attend the

development of their staff members. The employees who

EMDP in an effort to improve their managerial skills.

were enrolled for the EMDP programme were organised into five manageable groups according to the different

The EMDP is one of the prestigious suite of programmes

regions of the SANParks business, i.e. Mpumalanga and

offered by the NSG’s Leadership Training stream. The

Limpopo (The Kruger National Park, 2 groups), Northern

stream builds leadership capacity across all levels in the

Cape (Arid Region), Gauteng (Groenkloof/Head Office,

public service; from initial access, to leadership pipeline

Northern Region) and the Western Cape (Frontier Region).

and on-going professionalisation. The programme is a component of the Integrated Management Development

The groups consisted of field rangers, hospitality personnel,

Programme (IMDP), which provides a comprehensive and

veterinarians, horticulturists, field guides, as well as junior

systematic career development framework for all public

managers from various national parks in the SANParks

sector managers and leaders. The programme is targeted

collection. Each of the five regional groups constituted

at junior managers and supervisors.

a class, which in turn had five syndicate groups. This arrangement resulted in a total of 25 groups altogether.

Interventions such as the EMDP are designed to further advance the values and ethos of service and

At the inception of the partnership, the NSG had to meet

development, and support participants to carry out

certain requirements on SANParks’ request. First, the


programme delivery partner was agreed to be the University of Pretoria (UP). Second, an Action Learning Project (ALP) had to complement the EMDP delivery, hence the formation of 25 groups. Third, by incorporating action learning into the programme delivery, the tri-partite partnership went beyond the usual EMDP delivery arrangements. The SANParks Learning and Development Unit and the NSG Leadership Training Unit ensured pre-attendance preparations where participants were provided institutional support and guidance. All 25 groups were given a task to come up with challenges they see as blockages to service delivery in relation to the mission of SANParks. Groups had to converge and conduct research

TOP 7 WINNING GROUPS AND TOPICS Group 2: Augrabies – Effective Waste Management and Recycling Group 4: Kruger National Park – An assessment of the Effectiveness of Stock Records Group 3: Groenkloof – Develop Products to Increase Revenue Group 2: Augrabies – Organisational Communication Group 1: Kruger National Park – Enhancing SANParks services through Virtual Reality Technology Group 5: Wilderness – Community Expectations and Perceptions of South African National Parks Group 2: Augrabies – Encourage Employee Assertiveness

around issues that they perceive to be impeding the success of the organisation and prepare proposals with practical solutions that SANParks would be able to adopt.

TOP 5 WINNING GROUPS AND TOPICS Group 2: Augrabies – Effective Waste Management and Recycling

The culmination of the SANParks EMDP and ALP delivery was a two-day event held at the Saint George Hotel, Pretoria, on 27-28 May 2019. Having prepared a report and a presentation based on their identified project, each group now delivered their project. The evaluation categories for the ALP were: • Top 7 best performing groups • Top 5 best performing groups

Group 4: Kruger National Park – An assessment of the Effectiveness of Stock Records Group 3: Groenkloof – Develop Products to Increase Revenue Group 1: K ruger National Park – Enhancing SANParks services through Virtual Reality Technology Group 5: W ilderness – Community Expectations and Perceptions of South African National Parks

(one winning group per delivery site) • Overall 3 best performing groups • 2 Best performers in the EMDP summative assessment.

TOP 3 WINNING GROUPS AND TOPICS Group 2: Augrabies – Effective Waste Management and Recycling


Group 4: Kruger National Park – An assessment of the

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Group 3: Groenkloof – Develop Products to Increase


Effectives of Stock Records


TOP 2 INDIVIDUAL WINNERS Mr Tony Manganyi, Kruger National Park Mr Musa Ndhlovu, Kruger National Park


SONA: A dream for a new city President Cyril Ramaphosa has a dream. A dream in which the first new city, built in the democratic era, rises with skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals and factories. The seven priorities and five goals highlighted in his recent State of the Nation Address aim to achieve this dream. Creating employment The President explained that the growth of the economy will have little value unless it creates employment on a greater scale. “The fact that the unemployment rate among young South Africans is more than 50 percent is a national crisis that demands urgent, innovative and coordinated solutions. “The brutal reality is that when it comes to youth unemployment, we have to run just to remain in


the same place.” ot enough jobs are being

confronted by severe challenges.

created in South Africa and

“Our economy is not grow-

The President confirmed that it’s essential to implement a

our economy is not growing.

ing. Not enough jobs are being

comprehensive plan – driven

These challenges rose above all oth-

created. This is the concern that

and coordinated by the Presi-

ers in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s

rises above all others. It affects

dency – without delay, to create

State of the Nation Address (SONA)


no less than two million new jobs

on 20 June. The President said that while

“Through the elections held in May, you provided all of us with

for young people within the next decade.

remarkable progress in building a

a clear mandate for growth and

new nation has been made over

renewal. We have heard you,” the

government departments and all

the past 25 years, South Africa is

President said.

three tiers of government, in


“This plan will work across

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

partnership with the private

Goals for the future

place for six months and the

sector,” the President confirmed.

“To ensure that our efforts are


directed, I am suggesting that,

indications are that many

Growth and renewal

within the priorities of this ad-

companies are complying.

The sixth administration has put

ministration, we agree on five

five goals and seven priorities in

fundamental goals for the next

Commission is expected to

place to tackle South Africa’s

decade,” the President said.

conclude research on the im-

challenges and meet the targets

These goals are to ensure

“The National Minimum Wage

pact of the minimum wage on

set out in the National Develop-

that no person in South Africa is

employment, poverty, inequality

ment Plan (NDP) by 2030.

hungry; the economy grows at a

and wage differentials by the end

much faster rate than the popu-

of September 2019,” the President

reach 2030, we have not made

lation; two million more young


nearly enough progress in meet-

people will be employed; schools

ing the NDP targets. Unless we

have better educational out-

Pay for electricity

take extraordinary measures, we

comes and every 10-year-old can

Another grave concern

will not realise Vision 2030. This

read for meaning; and violent

highlighted by the President is

means that we need to prioritise.

crime is halved.

Eskom’s financial position.

“With 10 years to go before we

“It is time to make choices. Some

“Let us make these commit-

With the current committed

of these choices may be difficult

ments now – to ourselves and to

funding from government, Eskom

and some may not please

each other – knowing that they

only has sufficient cash to meet

everyone. In an economy that is

will stretch our resources and

its obligations until the end of

not growing, at a time when

capabilities, but understand-

October 2019. Government will

public finances are limited, we will

ing that if we achieve these five

thus urgently table a Special

not be able to do everything at

goals, we will have fundamentally

Appropriation Bill to allocate a

one time,” the President said.

transformed our society,” said

significant portion of the

President Ramaphosa.

R230 billion fiscal support that

The sixth administration will thus focus on economic transforma-

To meet these goals, the

Eskom needs over the next 10

tion and job creation; education,

President stressed that the focus

skills and health; consolidating

should be on strengthening the

the social wage through reliable

social wage and reducing the

Eskom is too vital to our economy

and quality basic services; spatial

cost of living; improving affordabil-

to be allowed to fail. We must

integration, human settlements

ity, safety and integration of com-

assert the principle that those

and local government; social

muter transport for low-income

who use electricity must pay for it.

cohesion and safe communities;

households; accelerating the

a capable, ethical and develop-

provision of well-located housing

entire electricity supply, our

mental state; and a better Africa

and land to poor South Africans;

economy and our efforts to cre-

and world.

and attending to the capacity of

ate jobs. The days of boycotting

hospitals and clinics.

payment are over. This is now the

“All our programmes and policies across all departments

“To address the problems of the

years. “This we must do because

“Failure to pay endangers our

time to build, it is the time for all

and agencies will be directed in

working poor, the national

of us to make our own contribu-

pursuit of these overarching tasks.”

minimum wage has been in

tion,” the President stressed.

Public Sector Manager • July 2019



Writer: Allison Cooper

A new guard

for a new dawn Government is restructuring to ensure that its departments are fit for purpose and sensitive to the austerity measures driving the sixth administration’s programmes.


overnment’s size and

ters and deputy ministers and,

structure is being recon-

to strengthen accountability,

figured to optimally meet

best serves our citizens. We will be adopting a district-

has said deputy ministers’ areas

based approach – focusing on

the people’s needs and ensure the

of responsibility must be clearly

the 44 districts and eight metros

most efficient allocation of public


– to speed up service delivery,

resources. President Cyril Ramaphosa is

“A capable and developmen-

ensuring that municipalities are

tal state not only provides the

properly supported and ad-

making good on the promise he

institutions and infrastructure that

equately resourced,” the President

made in his State of the Nation

enable the economy and society


Address (SONA) on 16 February

to operate, it also has the means

2018, to review the configuration,

to drive transformation,” said

of the Government governance

number and size of national gov-

President Ramaphosa in his 2019

structures have been set up and

ernment departments.

SONA in June.

the Department of Public Service

Following the recently held

“Earlier this month we an-

National Macro Organisation

and Administration has set up

general elections, President

nounced the reconfiguration of

a project steering committee to

Ramaphosa announced the ap-

a number of government depart-

ensure a smooth transition to

pointment of a reconfigured na-

ments to enable them to deliver

government’s new structure by

tional executive on 29 May, and

on their mandates. Our decision

the end of the 2019/2020 finan-

committed to a process of further

was premised on efficiency, cost-

cial year.

reforms to promote coherence,

containment, co-operative gov-

better co-ordination and the im-

ernance and strategic alignment.

proved efficiency of government.

“This is the start of a wider pro-

As part of these measures, the

The committee has established various work streams to deal with the specialised areas of work

cess of arresting the decline in

involved in a project of this size.

President is putting performance

state capacity and restructuring

The Communication Work Stream,

agreements in place for minis-

our model of service delivery so it

for example, will ensure that all


Public Sector Manager • July 2019

affected departments and the public are kept abreast of progress and changes.

What has changed? The President has announced the reconfiguration of old

ment of Sports, Arts and Culture.

The reconfiguration will respect

The Economic Development

the Public Service Act, 1994, and

Department has merged into

the collective agreement, which

the Department of Trade and

will be concluded with unions

Industry to form the new De-

admitted in the Public Service

partment of Trade, Industry and

Coordinating Bargaining Coun-


cil (PSCBC), to ensure workers’

departments or the establish-

All state-owned entities, devel-

ment of new departments to

opment finance institutions and

align them with the ministries.

national regulatory institutions

duplication of functions, due to

The following 10 departments

attached to fifth administration

the mergers, affected officials

have merged into five:

ministries and departments

will be cared for in accord-

will move to the relevant sixth

ance with the PSCBC collective

has merged with the Depart-

administration ministries and

agreement which, once

ment of Rural Development and

departments, in line with the

concluded, will be communi-

Land Reform (the forestry and


cated to the public service.

The Department of Agriculture

rights are respected. In areas where there is a

The President has stressed

fisheries portfolios now fall under environment affairs), to form the

Jobs are safe

that the reconfiguring of gov-

new Department of Agriculture,

Government is committed to

ernment and the state is an

Land Reform and Rural Develop-

ensuring that public servants

ongoing process and that there


are not negatively affected by

will be continuing review and

the changes and has said that

monitoring of the new depart-

their jobs are safe.

ments’ work.

The Department of Communications and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal

In addition, consultation and

Services have merged to form

ongoing communications will

the new Department of Com-

be undertaken with affected

Putting the people first

munications and Digital Tech-

departments, clients and organ-

Government remains commit-


ised labour.

ted to spending public money

The Department of Mineral

It explained in a statement

prudently and in the best

Resources and the Department

that the redesign of govern-

interests of the nation and its

of Energy have merged to form

ment’s organisational structures


the new Department of Mineral

is limited to the realignment of

Resources and Energy.

macro organisational structures

steps to cut any wasteful

and excludes restructuring. As

expenditure and to ensure

Recreation and the Depart-

such, employees will transfer

greater savings through better

ment of Arts and Culture have

to new departments with their

efficiencies, economies of scale

merged to form the new Depart-

existing conditions of service.

and appropriate technology.

The Department of Sport and

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

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Ushering in the sixth administration in style Guests who attended the State of the Nation Address put on their Sunday best as they glammed up for the official opening of parliament.

President Cyril Ramaphosa with ďŹ rst lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe.

Police Minister Bheki Cele with his wife Zama .


MP for the DA Nomsa Marchesi kept it simple in an off white dress.

Reverend Kenneth Meshoe with his wife Lydia.

Businesswoman Judi Nwokedi and partner. Public Sector Manager • July 2019

DA MP Grace Tsake.

Businesswoman Babalwa Mneno in a yellow number at the SONA red carpet. Public Sector Manager • July 2019

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie on the red carpet.

MP Pemmy Majodina in red and Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu.

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu with his wife Thembi.



Writer: More Matshediso

President announces seven priorities to take SA forward


n a speech delivered at a time of great economic difficulty, President Cyril Ramaphosa has

announced seven priorities that will fast track South Africa’s path to prosperity. Delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) recently, the President said the time for idle talk was now over --

everything comes down to implementation if the country is to realise the vision of the National Development Plan (NDP). “Unless we take extraordinary measures, we will not realise Vision 2030. This means that we need to prioritise. We need to

be able to do everything in one

focus on those actions that will


have the greatest impact, actions

• A capable, ethical and developmental state, and

Announcing the seven bold

• A better Africa and World.

that will catalyse faster move-

priorities, he said the focus will

ment forward, both in the imme-

be on:

country’s programmes and

diate term and over the next 10

• Economic transformation

policies across all departments

years. “Now is the time to focus on implementation. It is time to make

and job creation;

in pursuit of these overarching

• Consolidating the social


wage through reliable and

may be difficult and some may

quality basic services;

The President said that in an economy that is not growing and at a time when public finances are limited, government will not


and agencies will be directed

• Education, skills and health;

choices. Some of these choices not please everyone,” he said.

The President said all the

• Spatial integration, human

“At the same time, we must restore the National Development Plan to its place at the centre

settlements and local gov-

of our national effort, to make it


alive, to make it part of the lived

• Social cohesion and safe communities;

experience of the South African people,” he said.

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

The South Africa we want

will stretch our resources and ca-

will also pursue key interventions,

pabilities, but understanding that

including a plan to expand the

The President said as the coun-

if we achieve these five goals, we

agriculture and agro-processing

try enters the next 25 years of

will have fundamentally trans-

sector, by supporting key value

democracy, there was a need to

formed our society.

chains and products, developing

proclaim a bold and ambitious

“We set these ambitious goals

new markets and reducing our

goal a unifying purpose to which

not despite the severe difficulties

reliance on agricultural imports.

everyone dedicates their resourc-

of the present, but because of

es and energies.


“We will bolster the mining industry by developing markets

“As we enter the last decade

“We set these goals so that the

of Vision 2030, let us even more

decisions we take now are bolder

targeted beneficiation, reduced

clearly define the South Africa we

and we act with greater urgency,”

costs of inputs, and increased

want and agree on the concrete

he said.

research and development.

actions we need to achieve them.

“Through spatial interventions

within the priorities of this ad-

Government to revitalise and expand productive sectors

ministration, we agree on five

The President said in order to

fundamental goals for the next

meet desirable growth targets,

decade,” he said.

government will rebuild the

“To ensure that our efforts are directed, I am suggesting that

The President said some of the

foundations of the economy by

goals -- aimed at tackling poverty,

revitalising and expanding the

inequality and unemployment,

productive sectors.

the pillars of the National Devel-

He said this requires the country

opment Plan – will mean that:

to reimagine its industrial strategy

• No person in South Africa will

to unleash private investment

go hungry; • The economy will grow at a much faster rate than the population;

for South African minerals through

and energise the State to boost economic inclusion. “We will give priority attention to

like special economic zones, reviving local industrial parks,

“We set these goals so that the decisions we take now are bolder and we act with greater urgency.”

the economic sectors that have

• Two million more young peo-

the greatest potential for growth.

ple will be in employment;

“Drawing on our successes in

business centres, digital hubs and

the automotive sector, we will

township and village enterprises,

cational outcomes and every

implement master plans devel-

we will bring economic develop-

10-year-old will be able to

oped with business and labour

ment to local areas. We will also

read for meaning; and

in industries like clothing and tex-

focus on small medium enter-

• Violent crime will be halved.

tiles, gas, chemicals and plastics,

prises in our cities, townships and

“Let us make these commit-

renewables, and steel and metals

rural areas and create market

fabrication sectors,” he said.

places where they trade their

• Schools will have better edu-

ments now – to ourselves and to each other – knowing that they

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

The President said government

products,” he said.


BUDGET VOTE DEBATE 2019 Department of Science and Technology Budget Guide for the 2019/20 Financial Year 1. Strategic overview

3. Expenditure financing

The 2019/20 Budget Vote takes place just a few months after the new White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation was approved by Cabinet. The new policy document replaces the 1996 White Paper. The new White Paper entrenches government’s commitment to the role of science, technology and innovation (STI), in economic and social development, and emphasises the core themes of inclusivity, transformation and partnerships.

Funding is allocated to the DST by National Treasury as part of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework. For the 2019/20 financial year, the DST is allocated R8.2 billion.

The policy document will be accompanied by new implementation plans that will set out more specific areas in which government will focus its efforts to use STI to develop equitable social and economic advancement for South Africans is under development. The plans are significant and embrace technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. STI is highlighted in South Africa’s National Development Plan (Vision 2030). The National Development Plan (NDP), published in 2012, notes that developments in STI fundamentally alter the way people live, communicate and transact, with profound effects on economic growth and development. STI are key to equitable economic growth, underpinning economic advances and improvements in health systems, education and infrastructure. The department’s total budget is expected to increase from R7.8 billion in 2018/19 to R8.2 billion in 2019/20. Cabinet has approved budget reduction on the department’s budget amounting to R264.8 million over the MTEF period. These reductions will be affected on spending of goods and services, and on the baseline budgets of entities.

2. Some key priorities in 2019/20

The table below shows the resources allocated to the DST over the 2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework period. Financial year

Budget (R billion)







The Department also receives official development assistance from other countries through various funding instruments.

4. Functional classification of expenditure

Producing new knowledge About 120 knowledge products are expected to be generated by the Technology Innovation Programme during this period. With an allocation of R1.2 billion, focus will be placed on Bio-innovation, developing hydrogen fuel cell technology, renewable energy and energy storage applications.

Exploiting knowledge and innovation for inclusive economic development The Department continues to invest in efforts to strengthen provincial and local innovation, as well as invest in knowledge and innovation that broadly supports economic development. R1.8 billion has been set aside for this, and key areas of investment include advanced metals, advanced manufacturing, chemicals, agroprocessing, mining, water, sanitation and waste. Sector innovation and the green economy also receives a huge slice of this allocation.

Funding research, innovation and infrastructure The department has allocated R4.6 billion to the Research, Development and Support programme to provide for research and development infrastructure across the national system of innovation. These funds will be used specifically for the acquisition of research equipment, and the development of pilot plants, technology demonstrators, and specialised facilities such as aerospace. During this period the completed 64 antennae MeerKAT array, will be enhanced through additional receivers and correlator installations. Other major features include maintaining the number of research grants at 20 and maintaining the total available broadband capacity provided by the South African National Research Network to 3500 Gigabytes per second (Gbps).

Administration receives R380.3 million for the overall management of the Department and to ensure that organisations funded by the DST comply with the standards of good corporate governance and align their activities with the strategic focus of the national system of innovation. International Cooperation and Resources receives an allocation of R149 million to use for increasing the flow of international resources into the country for science, technology and innovation-based socio-economic development. The allocation will also be used to increase the exposure of South African researchers and students to global knowledge and science, technology and innovation networks. It will also support capacity development in Africa to develop the continent’s knowledge-based economy. Parliamentary grants for entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology HSRC R313.9 million

The DST’s total budget for the 2019/20 financial year is R8.2 billion. The chart below shows how this is divided between the Department’s five main Programmes, which represent various core focus areas. Administration R380.3 million Socio-economic Innovation Partnerships R1.8 billion

SANSA R143.5 million TIA R440.9 million ASSAf R27 million

Technology Innovation R1.2 billion

International Cooperation and Resources R149 million

Developing human capital R2.6 billion has been allocated to Human Capital Development and Science Promotion. The Department aims to assist 3 100 Phd students and 10 800 pipeline postgraduate students, 650 student graduates will also be placed in DSTfunded programmes. Highly skilled human capital is essential to developing a national system of innovation that is globally competitive and responsive to South Africa’s developmental needs.

will contribute towards economic growth and better quality of life.

Research, Development and Support R4.6 billion

Research Development and Support receives an allocation of R4.6 billion. The Programme provides an enabling environment for research and knowledge production that promotes the strategic development of basic sciences and priority sciences areas, through the promotion of science, human capital development, and the provision of research infrastructure and relevant research support. The programme will aim to award 9 300 bursaries to Phd students, award 32 400 bursaries to post graduates students (BTech,honours and masters), ensure the availability of and access to internationally comparable research and innovation infrastructure. It will also place 650 interns. Socio-economic Innovation Partnerships receives R1.8 billion and will spend it on supporting the development of science and technology-based innovations for tackling poverty, including the creation of sustainable jobs and sustainable human settlements, and the enhanced delivery of basic services; providing policy, strategy and direction setting for the research and development-led growth of strategic sectors of the economy, and support for the transition to a green economy; leading and supporting the development of indicators and instruments for monitoring investments in science and technology and the performance of the national system of innovation, as well as ways of strengthening policy in relation to the system; and funding technology and innovation development programmes to advance strategic medium and long-term sustainable economic growth and sector development priorities, as well as public service delivery. Technology Innovation receives an allocation of close to R1.2 billion to enable among others, research and development in space science and technology, energy security and the bio-economy, and indigenous knowledge systems. As well as promote the protection and utilisation of intellectual property and technology transfer. A big part of its work is supporting, promoting and advocating the development and translation of scientific research and development outputs into commercial products, processes and services that

CSIR R965.8 million

NRF R943.4 million

The National Research Foundation (R943.4 million) supports and promotes research through the funding of human resource development and the provision of facilities to enable the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge systems The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research receives (R965.8 million) to foster industrial and scientific development, particularly through multidisciplinary research and technological development, either by itself or in cooperation with public and private sector institutions. The Human Sciences Research Council (R313.9 million) undertakes, promotes and coordinates policyrelevant, problem-oriented research in the human and social sciences, including research projects for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies in partnership with researchers all over the world, but particularly in Africa. The Technology Innovation Agency (R440.9 million) stimulates and intensifies technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans. The agency is key in ensuring the translation of the research and development outcomes of higher education institutions, science councils and public entities into commercial technology products and services, thus intensifying the impact of innovation on the economy and society. The Academy of Science of South Africa (R27 million) carries out its mandate of promoting common ground across all disciplines; promoting innovative and independent scientific thinking; and providing effective advice and facilitating appropriate action in relation to the collective needs, opportunities and challenges of all South Africans. The South African National Space Agency (R143.5 million) promotes the use of space and cooperation in space-related activities, while fostering research in space science, advancing scientific engineering through developing human capital, and providing support to industrial development in space technologies. In addition to the parliamentary grants, the DST entities implement departmental projects through project funding.



Taken together, the NIDS data provide rich biennial information

A recent study by the Southern Africa Labour and Development

NIDS, distinguishing between those who were NEET with at least a

Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT)

matric and those who were NEET without a matric.

on the trajectories of a cross-section of young people in multiple aspects of their lives over a period of 10 years. The SALDRU study focused on young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the first wave of the

has revealed that young people who have not completed secondary schooling constitute the most vulnerable youth

The study found not only that non-matriculants tend to remain

grouping in the country.

in a NEET state for longer periods of time, but also that “there are significant negative consequences of being NEET in terms of

The study, titled “Exploring the transitions and well-being of

mental health and subjective well-being, as well as increased

young people who leave school before completing secondary

reliance on social assistance, indicating substantial social and

education in South Africa”, was made possible by support

economic costs of incomplete secondary schooling to the country”.

from the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation (DST-NRF) Centre of Excellence in Human

The principal investigators for the study, Nicola Branson and

Development, as well as funding from the Department of

Ariane De Lannoy, say that while South Africa’s policy framework

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

recognises the need to address a range of issues affecting youth, there is little coordination across government departments to

The study begins by noting the weight of research showing that

provide a holistic and tailored approach to youth development.

young South Africans who have not completed their matric year, or equivalent thereof, are more likely to remain unemployed for

The study outcomes, together with a review of approaches

longer periods and, if they do find work, to enjoy less stable, lower

to youth development adopted by the European Union, “has

income jobs.

indicated the critical need for multi-faceted support throughout the entire transition to young adulthood, offered in a way that

It then refers to a growing body of international research that

builds relationships of trust and care with young individuals and

points to a variety of additional negative outcomes for non-

targeted at their specific situation,” say Branson and De Lannoy.

matriculants – ranging from higher levels of poverty to ill health (including mental health), substance abuse, delinquency,

As a result of this, a SALDRU-led project has begun investigating

incarceration and prolonged dependence on social assistance.

what type of interventions would best ensure that young South Africans who have not completed their schooling are supported.

However, this more nuanced understanding of the longer-term effects of incomplete high school education was still limited in

The approach, according to Branson and De Lannoy, moves

the South African context. It was this gap that the SALDRU study

away from regarding young people as job-seekers only, and

sought to close by drawing on data from the National Income

instead considers how to address the key factors that keep these

Dynamics Study (NIDS), a longitudinal survey that has been

youth excluded.

providing empirical data on the changing lives of South Africans since 2008.

“Thus, the support package for South Africa’s NEET youth is conceptualised as a comprehensive support and activation

Five waves of data from the NIDS – from 2008, 2010/2011, 2012,

strategy that places the young person as central in its approach.

2014/2015 and 2017 – are now publicly available. The initial

It starts by taking stock of each youth’s unique combination

sample included about 7 300 households and each household

of hard and soft skills, strengthens and formally recognises this

member has been tracked since then. A wide range of topics are

set of skills as part of their personal resumé, and then uses this

covered, including individual and household education, labour

assessment to guide and connect each youth to the services

market engagement, income, health, wealth, and well-being.

most appropriate for them.”

CONTACT DETAILS: Switchboard: +27 12 843 6300 Address: DST Building (Building No. 53), (CSIR South Gate Entrance) Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria Postal Address: Private Bag X894, Pretoria


Writer: More Matshediso

Improving healthcare services in the North West

A tertiary hospital in Klerksdorp has expanded its complement of specialist clinicians by 13, which means state patients can look forward to a better level of healthcare.


he quality of healthcare in the

diothoracic surgeon, gynaecologist,

that greater numbers of people are

North West is set to improve

plastic surgeon, neurosurgeon, gen-

able to access quality healthcare.

following the recent appoint-

eral surgeon, maxillofacial surgeon

The hospital was upgraded from a

ment of 13 specialists at Tshepong

and nephrologists. “We strategically

regional hospital to a tertiary one,

hospital in Klerksdorp. The new spe-

recruited these clinicians because

which means it no longer only ser-

cialists comprise a cardiologist, car-

they are indeed solution providers to

vices the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District

the health problems we experience

but the entire province. It is the larg-

in the province,” said North West

est referral hospital in the province

Health MEC Madoda Sambatha. He

and is able to accommodate 900

said the appointments were made

inpatients at district, regional and

possible by the hospital’s strategic al-

tertiary level. Professor Binu Luke, who

liance with the Witwatersrand Univer-

is the chief specialist physician and

sity Medical School.The MEC said the

tertiary services co-ordinator at the

provincial health department must

hospital, said beefing up the clinical

optimise public services to ensure

specialist structure will enable patients who rely on the public health sector to enjoy better quality care and benefit from in-depth medical expertise. Prof Luke was involved in the recruitment of the specialists. Hospital CEO Polaki Mokatsane said the hospital has positioned itself as a provincial leader in efficient and effective

Tshepong hospital CEO Polaki Mokatsane wit h a patient.


clinic intervention,

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

management and quality patient

Orthopaedics Department: 77

care. “The hospital has since the

beds, serving approximately

year 2000 implemented a strategy

1 620 outpatients per month.

to increase the number of tertiary

Obstetrics & Gynaecology: 72

hospital-based services available,”

beds, serving around 500 mostly

said Mokatsane. The major clinical

high-risk deliveries per month. The

departments include: Internal Medi-

department also serves approxi-

cine which is the largest department

mately 550 gynaecology outpa-

with 341 inpatient medical beds.

tients per month. In 2017, the hospi-

mented by the hospital includes:

The department manages two ICUs;

tal was overall first runner-up in the

computerised imaging services for

the cardiology, renal and MDR/XDR

Centre for Public Service Innovation

treatment planning and diagnostic

TB units; and the Wellness Clinic. It

Awards in the category: Innovative

purposes; a daily clinic for the review

caters for approximately 5 400 out-

Service Delivery Institution. This was

of post-treatment cancer patients;

patients per month. General Surgery:

all thanks to the hospital’s oncology

and a brachytherapy machine to

159 inpatient beds and around 1

unit for rendering excellent and in-

boost cancer treatment and stop

750 outpatients per month. Paediat-

novative services to help cancer

bleeding in emergency services.

rics Department: The 68-bed depart-

patients. “Oncology services have

The hospital also has the province’s

ment includes a general ward and

over time demonstrated tangible

only neurosurgery department,

neonatal unit, with ventilator facili-

improvement in the quality of life of

which has successfully treated all

ties for 10 babies. It sees approxi-

cancer patients,” said Mokatsane.

varieties of diseases and disorders

mately 1 240 outpatients per month.

Some of the innovations imple-

involving the brain and spine.

Public Sector Manager • July 2019




blueprint for

a better South Africa


fter two years at the helm of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), Bonang Mohale

is handing the organisation over to the former chief operations officer, Busisiwe Mavuso, to follow his dream of becoming a farmer. He said Mavuso, previously the managing director of the Black Management Forum, is more than ready to lead the organisation. She holds an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification, as well as a Master in Business Leadership. Her predecessor said she is passionate about driving social justice, which is well aligned with BLSA’s mission. Mohale believes in using his time, energy and effort to make the world a better place. In the pursuit of this ideal, he has produced

some spectacularly good results in the various positions he has held.Founded in 1960, BLSA currently has 86 CEOs on its


Public Sector Manager • July 2019

council. They meet regularly to

positioning business as a national

in eradicating the legacy of

see what contributions they can

asset,” he said.

apartheid and believes that

make to growing the economy.

“We also forced business to go

business must lead in trying to

Mohale said the work that BLSA

and find its voice and stand up

does is truly phenomenal. He

against corruption, bribery, steal-

explained that it is financially 10

ing and cheating by speaking

feminine face and, to some

times better off than it was in its

up at the State Capture Inquiry,

extent, where you are born

early days.“We now have reserves

because business has a huge

determines whether or not you

in excess of R50 million, cash in

collective voice, resources and

are going to succeed, rather

excess of R20 million and we are positioned to go to war with those who chose to dance with the devil,” he said.

Hard work does not go unrewarded Mohale has of late received a number of awards, including the Free Market Foundation 10th Luminary Award for his contribution to South Africa’s business community and defending the rights of all South Africans; the Brand South Africa Influencer of Influencers award; as well as Forbes Woman Africa Male Gender Advocate Award for the role he plays in empowering

reverse that legacy. “Poverty still has a black and

than your level of education or

“To some extent, where you are born determines whether or not you are going to succeed, rather than your level of education or capabilities.”

women. He said he would not

capabilities,” he said. He believes in being absolutely explicit about how the South African economy was brought to its knees. “A CEO also has to reimagine and redefine the role of business. Firstly, business has to survive and that means making money. Then it has to deliver on the notion of shared value with labour, civil society and government,” he said. According to Mohale, trust in government is currently less than 15 percentage points, which is an all-time low. In order to turn things around, Mohale said government has to deliver on its promises. “For many years we have been

have been able to achieve the

saying the right things about

awards had it not been for the

know-how, employing 13.5 million

transformation and gender

great team that surrounds him.

people; government employs 2.3

equality but 25 years into

million people,” he added.

democracy, we are still battling

“We drove transformation with singularity of purpose, and it is

He said he has always been

contained in our BLSA strategy,

a change agent, a democracy

women who are paid 76 percent

which speaks about inclusive

fighter and a social justice

of what men are paid for equal

socio-economic growth and


work, women representation in

transformation, the protection of key state institutions and

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

He acknowledges that not all sectors have succeeded

with these. In 2019, we still have

positions of leadership is less than 24 percent and black people’s



in abject poverty,” he said, ex-

non-racialism and a transformed

plaining that better service deliv-

economy in which the ownership

ery, especially in the key areas of

and positions of leadership are

education and health, is essential

reflective of society’s diversity.

to addressing this crisis. He said corruption is a big problem because it robs people

He said BLSA has a responsibility to be a trusted adviser to government.

of services that they deserve and channelling funds away from es-

From medicine to business to farming

sential programmes.

Mohale was born in Benoni in

delays the country’s progress by

“Corruption steals disproportionBusiness Leadership Sout h Africa new CEO Busisiwe Mavuso.

Ekurhuleni but his family moved

ately from the poor. Corruption

to Katlehong when he was about

that happens in the private sector

five years old.

is sad, tragic and regrettable – it

He went to Wits Medical School

has the effect of tainting the

after matric. “I wanted to be a

whole business,” he said, adding

medical doctor so I obtained my

representation in the C-suite was

that trillions are lost to corrup-

MBBCh from the University of the

14.3 percent in the past year and

tion in both government and the

Witwatersrand,” he said.

has come down to 14.2 percent,

private sector.

so we are going the wrong

However, he never practiced

“We must convince our people

medicine. After completing his

by speaking honestly, clearly and

qualifications, he started off as

unambiguously, that the future is

a sales representative at Pfizer

established a partnership

substantially better than the past;

South Africa where he worked for

with government, civil society

that the pain of change is much

five years before his career took

and labour in order to attack

less than the pain of staying the

off. In the years to come, he help

big challenges facing South


top positions at Drake & Scull

direction,” he said. A couple of years ago, BLSA

Africa, such as social cohesion,

As society transforms and more

FM SA (PTY) Ltd, Sanlam, South

inequality, unemployment and

industries are created, which are

African Airways and OTIS (PTY)


able to employ more people, the


Mohale said it is concerning

economy will grow and lend itself

Before joining BLSA, he spent

that so many South Africans are

to the redistribution of wealth, he

eight years as the Group CEO of

unemployed and excluded, with


Shell Downstream South Africa

zero assets. A significant portion

Mohale said this Mandela

(Pty) Limited.

of the population are blue-collar

Month, everyone should

workers and slightly less than 10

double their efforts to realise

a long-time dream by venturing

percent make up the middle-

the South Africa that we have

into farming. He hopes that his

class. The elite makes up less than

been praying for, the country of

new endeavour will provide

one percent of the population.

Nelson Mandela’s dreams where

numerous jobs for young,

everyone enjoys equal rights,

unemployed people.

“The majority of people still live


Mohale said he will be following

Public Sector Manager • July 2019

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Celebrate Savings Month in July S

outh Africa celebrates Sav-

that a savings buffer becomes

sure that your saving goals are

ings Month in July, thanks to

even more important. “Unfortu-


a national awareness cam-

nately, there is very little focus on

paign led by the South African Sav-

savings and people are increas-

ings Institute (SASI) and supported

ingly using credit to fund even

Maintain an open dialogue:

by Absa and the Industrial Develop-

their basic needs, getting caught

While some people are conserva-

ment Corporation.

in a vicious spiral of debt from a

tive about managing money, oth-

young age. Saving money is es-

ers are free spirits. Talking about

are to promote debate around

sentially a behavioural change.

money makes some people feel

the key aspects of saving; raise

For South Africans to save, it is

uncomfortable and couples

awareness of the benefits of

important that they use all the

could avoid financial discussions

short-, medium- and long-term

instruments available to improve

because they fear disagreements.

planning; build relationships with

their long-term financial sustain-

It is a couple’s choice whether

key partners to leverage future

ability,” he said.

to invest and save together or

The objectives of Savings Month

opportunities; and get consumers to move from weariness into action. Savings Month is a great way to

separately and there is no right or

The bigger picture – money and relationships

wrong way. By talking openly and honestly about money, couples can establish common ground.

help South Africans focus on why

When it comes to spending and

we should save and how to do it,

saving, those in a long-term rela-

ensuring that we take back our

tionship should form a plan with

Set clear financial goals:

power to become financially free.

their spouse or partner. However,

One of the mistakes couples

different views could mean dif-

make when it comes to their

Mwandiambira, while there’s no

ferent spending priorities, which

finances is not having clearly-de-

doubt that South Africans are

can create tension. How can you

fined goals. By setting goals, each

struggling under increasing finan-

navigate the sensitive money

person can manage the other’s

cial pressure, it is at times like this

issue with your partner to en-

expectations, while working to

According to SASI CEO Gerald


Public Sector Manager • July 2019

achieve the desired outcome.

child’s education, but individually

your partner to plan your financial

We all have different investment

when saving for personal short-

future while pointing out any gaps

personalities, but once the goals

term goals, like a holiday with

in your plan.

are clear it becomes much easier


portant for South Africans to move

for the investor and the financial adviser to determine the actions necessary to achieve them.

Mwandiambira says that it’s im-

Talk to a financial adviser:

away from the negativity around our savings rate and look towards

Earlier is always better when it

developing innovative savings

Explore your options:

comes to financial planning and

alternatives and reinforcing positive

Whether it’s saving money towards

investing. Couples looking to plan

savings behaviour. “Cultivating a

a holiday, buying a house or

their financial future together

culture of saving and promoting

investing for retirement or your

should seek a professional finan-

alternative saving solutions in all

child’s education, couples need to

cial adviser’s help. This will ensure

spheres remains the focus of SASI

explore their options.

that you are on the same page

and our dedicated partners. Sav-

and both involved in decision mak-

ings Month has been designed to

investing and saving interchange-

ing, and can contribute to easing

remind consumers to strive towards

ably, but time frames and goals

any tension. Financial advisers

financial freedom and move

dictate the difference between

also help simplify the complexities

away from remaining continuously

the two. For example, you might

around saving and investing as a

vulnerable. Let’s wake up each

want to invest together to achieve

couple. They act as the objective

morning and say, today is savings

a long-term goal, such as your

third party – working with you and


People often use the terms

Public Sector Manager • July 2019



Writer: Allison Cooper


colleagues with depression


Public Sector Manager • July 2019


ith over 9.7 percent of

tional functioning – are miserable

South Africa’s popula-

for at least two weeks, all day,

with memory, procrastination,

tion suffering from de-

every day. They feel sad, down or

extreme fatigue, difficulty concen-

pression, anxiety or both, the chance

depressed; lose interest in nearly

trating, anxiety, fear and panic,

is high that one or more of your col-

all of the activities they previously

which add to work-related stresses,

leagues or employees is battling with

enjoyed; and experience other

crippling the output from the em-

one of these mental health condi-

symptoms like fatigue, an inability

ployee,” said Dr Sebolelo Seape,

tions right now.

to concentrate and feeling worth-

the chairperson of the Psychia-

less or guilty. They could also have

try Management Group, during

suicidal thoughts.

Mental Health Awareness Month in

This is why workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental health conditions are more likely to reduce absenteeism and increase productivity.

“Depression causes problems

October last year.

Create a healthy workplace Managers and senior officials

“In South Africa, employees are very likely to keep working during periods of depression, impact-

can help to create a heathy work-

ing their productivity and perfor-

took place from 1 to 5 July, pro-

place by being aware of mental

mance at work. This can be due

vided an opportunity to take stock

health conditions and knowing

to fear of losing their jobs, being

of how your colleagues are faring.

where people can find help.

ostracised by colleagues or a lack

Corporate Wellness Week, which

The best way to understand

They can also inform staff that

the difference between anxiety

support is available; involve em-

and depression is to look at the

ployees in decision-making, thus

primary symptoms of each.

conveying a feeling of control and

and colleagues assist each other

participation; support a healthy

and also educate other employ-

of Weskoppies Hospital, Beulah

work-life balance; and recognise

ees about depression and anxiety.

Schoonwinkel, people with gen-

and reward employees’ contribu-

It’s particularly important to reas-

eralised anxiety disorder experi-


sure them that these conditions

According to the Acting CEO

ence hard to control, excessive

Many other initiatives can help

worrying about a variety of issues

individuals with mental health

from health and family problems

conditions, including flexible work-

to money, school and work. “This

ing hours, job-redesign, address-

results in physical and mental

ing negative workplace dynamics,

complaints, from muscle tension

and supportive and confidential

and restlessness to becoming eas-

communication with manage-

ily tired and irritable, experiencing


poor concentration and insomnia,” she said. Those suffering from depression –

Because of the stigma associated with mental health disorders, employers and managers need

which is defined as an excessively

to ensure that individuals feel

depressed mood, with significant

supported and are able to ask for

impairment in social and occupa-


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of mental health knowledge,” he said. It’s thus important that managers

can be treated.

To get help for anxiety or depression, visit your doctor who can refer to you a psychologist or psychiatrist if needed. You can also contact the SA Depression and Anxiety Group at 011 234 4837; the suicide emergency line at 0800 567 567; or Lifeline’s ww24-hour helpline at 0861 322 322.



Writer:Nicholas Francis

Winter winner treats J

ust like most people you try to eat right in winter, but the cold weather has you craving some-

thing warm and comforting. We love anything that gets roasted, slow cooked or baked, leaving that lingering aroma in our homes. From creamy butter chicken to delectable cupcakes, these delicious dishes will keep you warm this winter. Creamy butter chicken

Ingredients Marinade ½ cup plain yoghurt 1 tbsp ginger, freshly grated 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp garam masala ½ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp turmeric powder 2 cloves garlic, crushed 750g chicken fillet, cut into pieces Curry 2 tbsp butter


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1 cup tomato puree

puree, cream, salt and sugar. Turn

until mixed. The whisk prevents the

1 cup fresh cream

temperature down to low and sim-

flour from creating clumps. Slowly

1 tbsp sugar

mer for another 20 minutes. Serve

add broth, whilst stirring, and raise

1 ¼ tsp salt

with basmati rice, roti or naan.

heat to high and bring to a boil.


Spinach and blue cheese soup

milk and let it simmer for about 5

In a food processor, combine the


minutes. Add the blue cheese and

marinade ingredients (except the

6 tbsp butter

stir until blended, followed by the

chicken) and blend until smooth

2 onions, chopped

spinach and cook for 3 more min-

for an extra smooth sauce. Pour

1 cup fresh cream

utes. Add the cream, salt, cayenne

into a bowl and add chicken to the

1 cup flour

pepper and simmer for another

marinade, mix until chicken is well

12 cups chicken broth

5 minutes. Remove from stove

coated. Cover and refrigerate over-

4 cups milk

and allow it to cool. Pour soup in

night, or up to 24 hours. In a large

1kg chopped spinach

a blender a little at a time and

frying pan, heat the butter over

250g blue cheese, crumbled

puree. Ladle into individual bowls

Reduce heat to medium and add

high heat. Remove the chicken

and serve.

from the marinade and place


into a heated frying pan. Cook

Sauté onions in butter in a large

Coconut cupcakes

for 3 minutes, until the chicken is

pot over medium heat for 3 min-

Cupcake ingredients

cooked through. Add the tomato

utes. Add flour and stir with a whisk

350g butter, room temperature

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2 cups sugar

1 ½ tsp almond essence

5 extra large eggs, room tempera-

the batter, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until



combined. Fold in 200 grams of

1 ½ tsp vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

coconut and let rest. Line a muffin

1 ½ tsp almond essence


pan with paper cupcake holders.

3 cups flour

In a bowl cream the butter and

Fill each holder to the top with bat-

1 tsp baking powder

sugar together with an electric mix-

ter and bake for 30 minutes, until

½ tsp baking soda

er until light and fluffy. While mixing,

the tops are brown. Allow to cool in

½ tsp salt

on low speed, add the eggs, one

the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to

1 cup buttermilk

at a time, scraping down the bowl

a baking rack and cool completely.

400g desiccated coconut

after each addition. Add the vanilla

For the frosting, cream together

essence and almond essence and

the cream cheese, butter, vanilla


mix well.

essence and almond essence with

350g butter, room temperature

In a separate bowl, sift together

an electric mixer on low speed

680g icing sugar

the remaining dry ingredients. In

until smooth. Ice the cupcakes

450g plain cream cheese

three parts, alternately add the dry

and sprinkle with the remaining

1 ½ tsp vanilla essence

ingredients and the buttermilk to



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Writer: Ashref Ismail

The stylish

T-Cross is on its way V

olkswagen’s mini SUV is

category, but given the informa-

Ecosport, Toyota CH-R and Mit-

definitely coming to South

tion recieved, the T-Cross is going

subishi Eclipse.

Africa. The T-Cross – with

to be a phenomenal seller.

its combination of style, practical-

The T-Cross, which is manufac-

While the styling may be a clas-

tured in Navarra, Spain, has a

ity, flexibility, connectivity and fuel

sic Volkswagen understatement,

bold and sporty design complete

economy – will soon be joining the

it remains both dynamic and

with roof rails, wheel arches and

Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touar-

elegant. Aimed at young pro-

a front diffuser that, together with

eg model ranges domestically.

fessionals with small families or

its raised ride height and larger

Globally, the SUV category is

retired couples buying down, the

wheels, give the vehicle an overtly

growing substantially, with every

T-Cross nonetheless appeals to a

dynamic appeal. The front end

motor manufacturer boasting

wide audience.

with its typical VW grille remains

more than one option in their

Given the group‘s amazing at-

ranges. Volkswagen may have

tention to detail and the excellent

unhappy that it remains the

taken a while to fill the mini-SUV

resale values of cars wearing the

blandest feature of VW products.

VW badge, it is bound to steal sales from the likes of Ford

unmistakably VW, with some folks

The large wheel arches emphasise the vehicle‘s striking appearance and the dynamically designed wheels contribute to the distinctive and cool look of the new T-Cross. Sixteeninch wheels are fitted as standard. In addition, 17inch and 18-inch alloy wheels are available as options. The exterior of the T-Cross can also be customised in various ways. There is a choice


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of nine exterior colours or a

can be adjusted by 14 centime-

T-Cross can be customised and

selection of coloured wheel rims

tres, allowing more passenger

upgraded further with optional

which enhance the combination

legroom or more luggage space.

equipment and several equip-


The luggage compartment holds

ment trims. Three trim levels will

between 377 and 455 litres.

be available at launch: the entry

The T-Cross measures 4.2 metres in length, 182 millimetres more

With the way the motoring

level Trendline, the mid-range

than the Polo and 11 centimetres

world is advancing, expect the T-

Comfortline and the top-of-the

shorter than the T-Roc (which will

Cross to provide discerning users

range High Line.

launch in South Africa in 2020).

with the highest level of network-

The elevated seat position is

ing and connection to the out-

T-Cross – with a 1.0 TSI turbo-

typical of an SUV. The driver and

side world. Another highlight is

charged petrol engine deliver-

front passenger sit 597 millime-

the optional sound system from

ing 85kW – will be available in

tres above the road, while the

renowned US brand Beats, with a

the third quarter of this year. The

rear passengers benefit from a

300-watt, eight-channel amplifier

more powerful 1.5 TSI three-cyl-

vantage point of 652 millimetres.

and a separate subwoofer in the

inder engine, delivering 110kW,

That is 10 centimetres higher

luggage compartment.

will be available from the fourth

than in the Polo, thus guaranteeing good visibility from all seats.

The T-Cross’s outstanding

According to VW SA, the initial

quarter of 2019 and the entry

five-star rating in the Euro NCAP

level 1.0 TSI engine, delivering

test and exemplary occupant

70kW, from the first quarter of

comparatively generous, al-

protection, increases safety, re-


lowing a spacious interior with

duces the risk of a collision and

enough room for five people. For

improves driving comfort.

The 2.55-metre wheelbase is

the greatest possible versatility in the interior, the sliding rear seat

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Already equipped with extensive standard equipment, the

Pricing and performance figures for the T-Cross will be confirmed closer to the local launch. Information supplied by VW (SA).




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Seafood and sea life - this is Paternoster I

am halted by a road worker

and the sights and smells confirm

plate the very purpose of my visit:

waving a red flag just a few

your arrival. However, today is

relax, refresh and recharge.

kilometres from my final destina-

different. I turn right, filtering

tion. It’s in this moment, on a dusty

through some of the newer

tique Hotel offers its guests

road in front of a stop-and-go boom,

developments until I reach the

bicycles on which to explore and

waiting for the one-directional traffic

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Ho-

it is not long before I adopt a

to pass, that I begin to ponder if this

tel. It is situated at the quiet end

new steed and ride off along the

might be how the magic dies for this

of the beach – far enough away

coastline. There are a couple of

whitewashed coastal town.

from everything to know this is a

gravel roads to

place for ultimate relaxation.

explore. The last manned light-

There has always been something mystical about navigating

The largest heated pool in Pater-

The Strandloper Ocean Bou-

house to be built on the South

the final dirt roads before entering

noster flanks my left as I make my

African coast stands proud in the

the fishing village of Paternoster

way to reception and am greeted

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve,

but, with its new-found fame and

by majestic views which stretch

which makes for a great turna-

tarred roads, are its secrets out the

out over the dry river bed, across

round point.


the deserted beaches and flow

I putter on through the road-

It is about a 15km cycle to

into the gentle blues of the ocean.

the fishing village and back on

works and reach the renowned

It’s a stunning place to enjoy

undulating gravel roads and is a

T-junction, where a left takes you

welcome drinks and a Mediter-

great way to see what Paternoster

through the village of Paternoster

ranean snack platter as I contem-

has to offer.


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A quick swim to freshen up, followed by sunset drinks on the deck and a leisurely dinner at Leeto, is a great way to cap off a superb day. The aromas that waft out of the Leeto kitchen promise a great meal, whatever your menu choice, but the West Coast linguine filled with my favourites from the sea really is out of this world. I am happily satisfied when I return to my cosy firelit room for the night. It is an early start, with a scrumptious breakfast on the deck of Leeto. Head chef Garth Almazan has cooked for princes, princesses

flavour and regional influence

adventure with Kayak Paternoster.

and even the birthday of Nelson

and the eggs benedict and berry

Excitement turns to disappoint-

Mandela. The presentation of

flapjacks certainly set the tone for

ment as a thick mist has filled the

each plate certainly made me

another great day.

bay and for obvious reasons, we

feel like a celebrity. Garth blends seasonal ingredients with local

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At 7:30am, I make my way down to the Crayfish Wharf, ready for an

need to delay our trip. But this is not a bad place to wait; with



coffee in hand, the foghorn from the lighthouse is the only reminder

turns into an ocean safari. After a morning like that, I am

A seal plays in the breakers and the orange glimmer of sunset

of how treacherous this coastline

not ready to leave the ocean but

illuminates my path as I stroll along

can be.

hunger has begun to set in. Just a

this golden stretch of coastline

short walk away is the ultimate

one last time. It dawns on me that

through the mist, glistens on the

setting for lunch, Gaaitjie

neither modern roads nor an influx

ocean and illuminates a pod of

restaurant. The look and feel of

of tourists will destroy Paternoster.

dolphins that has made its way

this family-run restaurant is ideal

There is a gentle culture which has

close to shore. We spring into

as I reminisce about my morning

been built up over the years and

action, eager to get out and

adventure, which unfolded just a

the local, family and community

explore the sea by kayak. It’s a

few hundred metres from where I

atmosphere is what makes it

feeling like no other when we

am seated. Freshly baked bread

special. I hope you, too, will

realise the pod is actually a super

and seafood treats are

one day enjoy the magic of Pater-

pod of dolphins, unfazed by our

immaculately presented, but it is


sudden entrance as they breach

the cosy family vibe which leads

and dive all around us. In awe,

to long, lazy conversations. Soon,

we paddle with them for the next

strangers become friends as I

hour, exploring channels through

indulge in the tastiest home-

the rocks and passing penguins

baked desserts, leaving me in

and seals on the journey. Our

a food coma for the rest of the

casual morning kayak quickly


All of a sudden, the sun pierces

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DELIVERING ON ITS PROMISE Rooting out corruption in the city is at the top of the list. “We will also fight corruption, in all its manifestations, wherever it is found in the City. If council fails to execute its legal mandate to hold senior managers accountable, I will approach the courts to do so. We will improve consequence management in the City to ensure recommendations of forensic investigations and AG reports are implemented in order to maximise accountability. By ensuring that the City’s supply chain processes are set up in such a way that we can detect abuse, corruption will allow us to deal with those responsible decisively.“ The mayor says he will be setting up a capacitated and independent forensic investigation unit in the City that can investigate any allegations of wrongdoing or corruption without fear or favour. Service delivery excellence is a cornerstone of government policy. The City of Tshwane is constantly ensuring ongoing excellence in the distribution of basic resources to its citizens. “When I took office on 12 February 2019, I vowed to be the service Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Stevens

delivery mayor of Tshwane. The majority of my time and focus will


be spent on speeding up the delivery of services in the City. Many of our communities still suffer from years of neglect and we need to

The City of Tshwane can only deliver on its

do everything in our power to address this,” he added.

mandate if it has a stable administration with skilled officials, money in the bank to deliver

Mokgalapa’s administration will launch an audit of all informal

services and are focused on serving the people,

settlements in the City to determine the greatest needs to roll out

says Executive Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa.

rudimentary services in an expedited manner. “We will create a

“We will build on the financial turn-around

team that will be dedicated to the acceleration of basic service

that has already been achieved so we have

delivery, and ensure that this team works tirelessly to improve basic

the financial means to improve the lives of the

service delivery in the City.”

people of Tshwane. We have already reversed a crippling deficit into a surplus and we should

As at December 2018, 156 informal settlements have access

further improve on this.”

to rudimentary water services, and the City is working hard to ensure that rudimentary sanitation services to informal

Tshwane can only work if every household in

settlements also increase.

the city has access to a job. “Although national government has a big role to play in this regard, this

“We have revised the Indigent Policy – households that are supported

administration will work tirelessly to make the City

by the City receive social packages. These packages go a long way

welcoming, open and easy to do business,” he said.

in the restoration of human dignity and ensuring that all who call our City home, have access to basic amenities through this programme,”

Cllr Mokgalapa says his office will also work

he said.

towards ensuring stable water and electricity supply for businesses to give them certainty and

Tshwane’s revised Intergrated Development Plan for the 2019/20

peace of mind so more investment flow into the

indicates that it will be building a 211 km storm water drainage

city. “By maximising Foreign Direct Investment in

that will alleviate some of the pressure off of the systems. “One

the City, we will be able to create more jobs.”

hundred and eighty-three kilometres of road is currently being built


and addressing the public transport issues in the respective areas; 17.6 km in the form of Tshwane Rapid Transit bus way lanes are currently under construction and earmarked for


completion in the next financial year.” Commenting on the City’s special projects, Mokgalapa says that the municipality is making the transition to self-reliance with their most recent project being the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Tshwane Leadership and Management Academy. “The installation will reduce our dependence on grid-tied electricity by about a third and the investment will be paid off in approximately seven years. Similarly, this investment will reduce our operating expenses as our electricity bill will also be reduced by a similar portion. We pay less, we emit less and we become a stimulus for green economic industries.”

When this administration took office in 2016, there were a number of challenges that we faced, and a lot of maladministration, such as: • We had over R10-million worth of invoices submitted to the former Office of the Speaker for “work” done during the period of 2014, 2015 and 2016 could not be corroborated nor was there justification for the payments. • Unequal service provision and addressing inherited delivery backlogs. • An Expanded Public Works Programme Policy that

The motivation for this project lies in the City’s Climate

was filled with loopholes, that was there to only

Response Strategy which is informed by their Greenhouse Gas

benefit party cadres, friends and family.

Emissions Inventory. “This management tool indicates that our

• We inherited projects and programmes that were

energy footprint amounts to over 12 million tonnes of carbon

started and left unfinished for our people to take

dioxide equivalent per annum. This is directly linked to our

advantage of. Some of these projects were vanity

source of electricity which is generated from coal-fired power

projects and served no meaningful purpose.

stations, managed by our national power utility. The aim of

• Indigent Policy filled with multitude of

the strategy is to ensure that by 2030, the City will have kept

inefficiencies and fraud inherent in the database,

its emission levels below current emissions as it joins the global

where City officials and non-qualifying households

battle to protect the planet. Furthermore, we are developing a Climate Action Plan which aims to steer the City towards being net zero carbon by 2050,” he said

were illegally receiving the indigent benefits. • We inherited the PEU, R630-million-a-year, smart meter contract. • A number of corruption cases, such as City Hall,

In April 2019, Tshwane hosted the Winterveld Green Ride,

Shoe Police Debacle and Dinokeng Tribe One.

popularly known as the Kasi Ride. The Tshwane Green Ride is part of the Cleaner Mobility Programme, through which

As an administration we have been able, in just over

the City highlights the importance of cycling as a viable

two years to:

mode of transport. The programme aims to promote lowcarbon intervention, healthy lifestyles and non-motorised transportation in communities. “We also launched our very first charging electric vehicle charging stations in the municipal headquarters, Tshwane House. This is in addition to the two solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations we received from the South African National Energy Development Institute as part of the Green Climate Fund initiative. Tshwane House, being a five-star green rated building, a vehicle charging station is a befitting sustainability addition to a building that has a cycling parking, harvests rainwater, uses electricity efficiently, maximises natural light and has a full in-house recycling system.” Forty of the City’s buses in the A Re Yeng fleet run on compressed natural gas and it has 10 Nissan Leafs that have been incorporated into their messenger fleet.

• Correct an inherited R2-billion deficit to show us a surplus at the end of the first financial year in office in 2017. • We were able to reduce unauthorised expenditure by over a billion rand and irregular expenditure by R100-million; • Sold the mayoral mansion and used the R5-million from the sale to build 52 RDP houses for 40 families in Atteridgeville. • Opened up the EPWP programme to all residents by adopting an open and inclusive lottery system. So far, we have provided the residents of the City with 161 25 job opportunities and have registered over 120 000 people on the new fair lottery-based system.

Upon taking office, the Executive Mayor launched a Service Delivery Intervention Programme that forms part of his efforts to continuously monitor and evaluate progress with the aim of ensuring high quality service delivery for all residents.

Technology has impacted greatly on the City’s

“We believe that access to connectivity is critical for the

strategies, plans and projects, says Mokgalapa.

Tshwane community and providing our citizens with access to information is a critical factor in upliftment within the

“In keeping with the technological advances and insuring

City. A delicate balance is required in this instance and

the accessibility of government to its people, the City has

we are confident that we shall eventually strike it as we

developed a number of valuable mobile applications

do not want to compromise business in our pursuit.”

such as the Batho Pele and Tshwane Safety App. We are working hard to perfect this method of communication

The City of Tshwane is renowned for best management

and the strides taken beyond conceptualisation thus far

practices. Describing what they are and how they are

deserve recognition. We recognise that conventional

implemented, Mokgalapa states that in their efforts to

methods of communication have been redundant to a

refocus the administration, the first priority is to get their

vast number of our population and continuing to foster

house in order.

them will only work to the City’s detriment.” “Performance is at the center of stabilising the Social media platforms have been a preferred

administration. Service Delivery and Budget Implementation

alternative to many, he says. “However, there remains

Plan targets will be linked to performance bonuses – we

a need for online platforms that are vetted by the

cannot be giving a bonus to a Director of Electricity while

City. For this reason, the creation of multiple mobile

the City remains dark. Gone are the days where officials get

applications are instrumental achievements in

bonuses while residents are not getting services.”

customer care.” Mokgalapa affirms that 28 000 officials will have to Another positive that stems from these mobile

work for their salaries or go home. “Since I have come

applications is that they are available for download

into office, I have asked council to support me in

absolutely free of charge. Those who are interested

establishing the Financial Disciplinary Board. This is to

in using these apps can download them by using the

investigate financial misconduct while we put in place

TshWi-Fi at any of their 1 051 hotspots in all seven regions.

an effective disciplinary process. There will be a system


The mayor says he believes their task is to create a strong and stable footing for business development


and economic growth in the capital city. “In order to boost business confidence, the City needs to articulate and demonstrate how it will efficiently deliver services, espouse good governance, and support and encourage job creating investment.”


Inclusive growth will allow the majority of the City’s


residents to contribute to and benefit from economic


concerns increasing the pace of growth and enlarging

growth. “The underlying ideology of inclusive growth the size of the economy while simultaneously levelling the playing field. The City recently received an unqualified audit report from the Auditor General South Africa. We have worked hard to reach this destination and are now beginning to bear the fruits that stem from

of consequences management so that we are able to

notable improvement to financial indicators and ICT.

deal with the officials that are not doing what they are supposed to be doing.

“To this end, we remain committed to investing heavily in economic infrastructure to provide a competitive

The mayor says he strongly believes that the City requires

business environment and ensure uninterrupted supply

honest professional civil servants to serve the people

of municipal services,” he concludes.

of Tshwane. “We need public servants who know and understand that their contract is with the people of Tshwane. Nothing can be done in the absence of efficient administration and this is an aspect that has been undervalued. Accounting structures and punitive measures for failure to execute duties sufficiently have not been stressed enough.” Mokgalapa says the City remains firm in their bid for inclusivity and are beginning to see the fruits of a more efficient administration. “We are not without challenges, but our administration enjoys the trust and encouragement of the people that it so diligently serves.” Mokgalapa’s message to investors is that the City of Tshwane should be the preferred destination for trade and investment. “The leadership of the City of Tshwane has a vision to turn the City into a hub of opportunity that gives life to the rights and freedoms enshrined in


our Constitution. We are open to work with captains of

Postal Address: PO Box 440 or PO Box 6338, Pretoria, 0001

industries and to assist businesses to realise their growth


potential. This administration is fully geared towards

Fax: +27 (01)12 323 5117

positioning the City as the preferred destination from


trade and investment.”


Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

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1 – There is nothing as warm as a down jacket. We love this new Adidas Climaheat Down Jacket which comes in pink and blue, R3000 2 – A scarf is the most practical of all winter accessories


but can also change up a look, like this J Crew striped one from, R179 3 – There is nothing quite as luxurious as fur. Opt for faux fur, a more cruelty-free and affordable option, Queenspark,


R199 4 – Leather boots from Aldo brown and perfect for the office or a night out, Aldo, R2199 5 – Leather or pleather gloves are fashionable and will keep you warm and never seems to go out of style, grab these from Utopia,, R199 6 – Leather boots from Aldo black and perfect for the


office or a night out, Aldo, R2199 7 – This stylish short jacket in a patterned brocade weave with a metallic coating from H&M is perfect for a formal or smart casual look, H&M, R1099 8 – This iconic, waterproof boots by Hunter will last you forever. Available in various colours, a dark one will work with any outfit, Hunter,, R2599 9 – The Nike ACG Beanie gives you a snug fit with soft, warm fabric, Nike, R479 10 – This navy RVCA crew top is a soft, comfortable fabric,, R499

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