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Rebuilding SA Govt’s plan for economic reconstruction and recovery

The right to thrive NOVEMBER 2020

Take a stand against GBVF and discrimination



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Contents: November 2020 REGULARS


Provincial focus

10 From the Union Buildings


Financial fitness

President Cyril Ramaphosa

mobilises South Africans to

Limpopo plans for recovery

How to make your money go further this festive season

build back SA better through the Presidential Employment Stimulus 14


Conversations with leaders Minister Maite Nkoana-

Mashabane says public

economic recovery

The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan pursues

Mechanical engineer

inclusive and sustainable

based violence and femicide

Nathaneal Morgan is


and support persons with

contributing to the fight


against COVID-19 through his

efforts to curb gender-


work on the National Ventilator


Airports Company of South

Infrastructure projects give the country, economy a


38 Profiles in leadership


Infrastructure projects being

Women in the public sector

rolled out across the country

Lieutenant-Colonel Daphney

are expected to completely

industry is evolving to survive

Gada is no stranger to

transform the landscape of

the impact of COVID-19

explosive situations

cities, towns and rural areas

Africa CEO Mpumi Mpofu explains how the aviation



18 Setting SA on the path to


servants should champion




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The National School of Government is looking for experienced public servants willing to share their knowledge

Public sector wage bill under

with others in the Public Service


Tough decisions will need to be made as government looks to reduce the public sector wage bill as


part of efforts to decrease spending

Culture is no excuse for abuse

South Africans need to take a

stand against cultural practices that perpetuate violence against


women and children

Government flexes buying powers

aims to create a single regulatory



The Coronavirus pandemic has

framework for procurement in the

highlighted the need to manage

public sector

resources effectively





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76 Public Sector Manager • November 2020

MTN Business MTN Business expands partnership expands partnership with Huawei Cloud When Huawei Cloud announced the with Huawei Cloud establishment of a new region in South When Huawei Cloudtechnology announcedgiant the became Africa, the Chinese establishment a newservice regionprovider in South to the world’s firstofcloud Africa, the Chinese giant became operate a local datatechnology centre to provide cloud the world’s first cloud service provider to services in Africa. operate a local data centre to provide cloud services in Africa.


o accelerate the adoption of cloud this knowledge and expertise to help in the country, MTN Business customers move their workloads from onpartnered with Huawei, to build prem to public cloud.” o accelerate the adoption of cloud this knowledge and expertise to help the data centre for Huawei’s Cloud The success of the partnership has in the country, MTN Business customers move their workloads from oninfrastructure in Centurion, Gauteng. prompted both companies to look at partnered with Huawei, to build prem to public cloud.” According to Sudipto Moitra, General further investments to provide a full digital the data centre for Huawei’s Cloud The success of the partnership has Manager: ICT at MTN Business, the platform to customers. These investments infrastructure in Centurion, Gauteng. prompted both companies to look at partnership with Huawei in the cloud space range from foundational technologies According to Sudipto Moitra, General further investments to provide a full digital is one that has been built with the interest such as SD-WAN, to a full Internet of Manager: ICT at MTN Business, the platform to customers. These investments of customers in mind. “Many people think Things (IoT) ecosystem. partnership with Huawei in the cloud space range from foundational technologies of MTN as a telco only, but we have built “Huawei Cloud has differentiated itself is one that has been built with the interest such as SD-WAN, to a full Internet of on this legacyin tomind. form “Many an unparalleled in the market by ensuring that clients have of customers people think Things (IoT) ecosystem. foundation of ICT services across Africa. access to an end-to-end solution, and of MTN as a telco only, but we have built “Huawei Cloud has differentiated itselfwe The partnership with Huawei Cloud are proud to have been able to facilitate on this legacy to form an unparalleled in the market by ensuring that clients have illustrates commitment to providing that in to thean enterprise space to beand relevant foundationour of ICT services across access end-to-end solution, we end-to-end solution for customers, and our to all the market segments we serve,” The partnership with Huawei Cloud are proud to have been able to facilitate capabilities of moving up the froman Moitra says. illustrates our commitment tostack providing that in the enterprise space to be relevant just being a connectivity provider,” he says. Hethe adds that the Covid-19we pandemic end-to-end solution for customers, and our to all market segments serve,” has “Originallyofpartnering provide accelerated capabilities moving upto the stack from Moitra says. the digital transformation of Huawei Cloud with easy provider,” access to he local many companies thepandemic continent,has and just being a connectivity says. He adds that theacross Covid-19 data centres,partnering we have expanded this in South Africa in particular. As a result, “Originally to provide accelerated the digital transformation of collaboration various MTN Business and Huawei haveand seen Huawei Cloudto with easy other accessaffiliated to local many companies across the Cloud continent, projects, leveraging MTN’s core assets increasing interest from local data centres, we have expanded this of in South Africa in particular. Ascompanies. a result, network coverage and the roll affiliated out of our “AsBusiness remote and workHuawei and e-commerce collaboration to various other MTN Cloud have seen 5G infrastructure. We knowcore howassets to build become the norm,from more companies are projects, leveraging MTN’s of increasing interest local companies. world-class data centres, moving their work workloads into the cloud. network coverage and theand roll operate out of our “As remote and e-commerce them, having built around 30how regional Many companies using a multi-cloud 5G infrastructure. We know to build become the norm, are more companies are data centers,data some of them foroperate our own strategy, with Huawei Cloud featuring world-class centres, and moving their workloads into the cloud. switching houses, we have extended prominently. In fact, a number of them, having built and around 30 regional Many companies are there using are a multi-cloud data centers, some of them for our own strategy, with Huawei Cloud featuring switching and we prominently. In fact, there are a number of For more houses, information onhave howextended MTN can co-create

solutions for your organisation, send an email to For more information on how MTN can co-create solutions for your organisation, send an email to

workloads and applications that are the right fit on the Huawei Cloud, and African businesses are starting to appreciate the workloads and applications that are the benefits of this,” he explains. right fit on the Huawei Cloud, and African According to Moitra, the local availability businesses are starting to appreciate the of Huawei Cloud, bundled with MTN’s benefits of this,” he explains. connectivity, will assist multinational According to Moitra, the local availability companies operating in Africa to enjoy of Huawei Cloud, bundled with MTN’s uninterrupted operations – whether they connectivity, will assist multinational are just initiating their African presence, or companies operating in Africa to enjoy have been operating on the continent for uninterrupted operations – whether they some In addition, MTN and Huawei are justtime. initiating their African presence, or Cloud have the expertise and technologies have been operating on the continent for to enable solutions for them. For some time. unique In addition, MTN and Huawei example, operations can benefit Cloud havemining the expertise and technologies theunique Operational Technologies and tofrom enable solutions for them. For AI capabilities that are being used in example, mining operations can benefitthe Huawei Cloud in other areas of the world, from the Operational Technologies and great effect. AItocapabilities that are being used in the “MTNCloud Business andareas Huawei Cloud are Huawei in other of the world, be able to offer a full end-totoproud great to effect. end solution to help reach “MTN Business and customers Huawei Cloud are their to strategic andend-todigital proud be ableobjectives to offer a full transformation goals. We are reach working end solution to help customers together to improve availability across their strategic objectives and digital South Africa and theWe rest ofworking Africa, and transformation goals. are we are looking forward to expanding together to improve availability across our cloudAfrica footprint, South and as thewell restas ofcontinuing Africa, andto deepen the partnership,” he concludes. we are looking forward to expanding our cloud footprint, as well as continuing to deepen the partnership,” he concludes.


Help SA find

prosperity in unity improve the capability of the State. The South African economy shed 2.2 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020, posing one of South Africa’s greatest challenges.

New jobs Unemployment not only affects an individual’s well-being and that of his/her family, it also means fewer people are able to contribute to the productive output of the economy and more people rely on the State


to support them. In addihe Coronavirus

ness and community

industrial growth through

tion, a shrinking tax base

pandemic dealt

organisations to create a

the development of

for government results in

South Africa’s al-

comprehensive, inclusive

small businesses and

less money in the State

ready tenuous economy

Economic Reconstruction

the strengthening of


a harsh blow and the

and Recovery Plan.

medium and large

task of improving our

In a nutshell, the plan

That is why government

businesses; and acceler-

is determined to cre-

financial well-being is a

aims to create jobs

ate economic reforms

ate 800 000 new jobs in

mammoth one. Rising to

through infrastructure

to unlock investment. It

the short-term, through

the challenge, govern-

development and

also aims to expand the

a major infrastructure

ment has drawn on the

large-scale employment

country’s energy gen-

programme and mass

inputs of labour, busi-

programmes; stimulate

eration capacity and

employment stimulus,


Public Sector Manager • November 2020

coupled with an intensive

and services, you will be

localisation drive and

contributing to the local

efforts to improve coor-

cal and caring Public

industrial expansion.

economy and helping to

dination and integra-


creating jobs.

tion between national,

Many of these jobs will

Support government’s

efficient, effective, ethi-

The Economic Recon-

provincial and local

struction and Recovery

ship enterprises and

government to ensure

Plan has the potential to

With regard to infra-

women-owned business-

that all areas in South

boost flagging investor

structure development,

es will especially benefit

Africa benefit from

confidence by speeding

President Cyril Ramapho-

from your support.

development plans

up economic reform,

and agendas. The new

creating policy certainty,

District Development

putting muscle behind

be created through the public sector.

sa hopes to unlock more

Small businesses, town-

Help root out crime and

than R1 trillion in infra-

corruption, both of which

structure investment over

are significant barriers

the corruption fight and

the next four years, which

to South Africa reach-

stabilising the country’s

will have both short- and

ing its full potential. The

power supply.

long-term economic

misuse of State funds has


derailed far too many

State institutions to work

To succeed, it needs all

attempts to improve the

at maximum efficiency,

in the building of bridges,

lives of South Africa’s

public sector managers

roads, schools, medical


to ensure they are not re-

It will create jobs, result

facilities and other es-

sponsible for any delays

Understand and sup-

sential infrastructure and

port the drive to reduce

or shortcomings, and

help construction and re-

government expenditure,

monitoring mechanisms

lated services companies

which will free up des-

gear up their production.

perately needed funds

If successfully imple-

for poverty alleviation,

Minister in t he Presidency, Jac kson Mt hembu.

to be implemented across the board. As public servants,

mented, the recovery

infrastructure investment

plan will add an ad-

and economic develop-

Model is starting to align

government’s part in the

ditional 1.7% to South


the work of these three

social compact Presi-

I urge you to uphold

Africa’s baseline of 1.3%

Become a domestic

tiers of government and

dent Ramaphosa has

economic growth, which

tourist – you will not only

needs the buy-in of all

forged with business,

would bring about 3%

be amazed by the coun-

public servants.

labour and civil society

GDP growth on average

try’s diversity and splen-

over the next 10 years.

dour, but will be helping

project delays, moni-

enabling environment

to spur growth across a

tor all programmes to

for economic growth

number of other sectors.

ensure they are being

and national well-being

Public servants can do

Hard hit by the pan-

properly implemented

and by using public

their bit to kickstart the

demic, tourism’s supply

and ensure you walk the

resources wisely.

economy by commit-

chain nonetheless has

talk when it comes to

ting to the ‘buy local’

the potential to catalyse

the Batho Pele principles

on the National Anti-

campaign – by buying

economic growth and

and government’s com-

Corruption Hotline 0800

locally produced goods

job creation.

mitment to building an

701 701.

Get involved

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

Address infrastructure

by helping create an

Report corruption



Let’s unite

to change the GBVF narrative

violence against women

unchanged despite all

and girls was launched

efforts to raise awareness

internationally in 1991

of the equal human rights

when South Africa was

women enjoy.

on the brink of achieving democracy.

The empowerment of women is one of South

Also in 1991, a publi-

Africa’s national priorities.

s South Africa

cation titled ‘Overcom-

Part of South Africa’s plan

prepares to mark

ing Endemic Violence

to root out GBVF includes

the 16 Days of

Against Women’ was

law reforms to protect

Activism for No Violence

published by the Centre

survivors and the creation

Against Women and Chil-

for the Study of Violence

of opportunities to enable

dren campaign, I am filled

and Reconciliation. It

women to become finan-

with hope.

read: “So prevalent and

cially independent.


Hope that the three gender-based violence

Phumla Williams, GCIS Director-General.

widely tolerated is such

However, government’s

violence that it has come

efforts will not amount

and femicide (GBVF)

demic, there has been

to be perceived almost as

to much without South

bills being processed

a distressing increase in

normative and to a large

Africans taking individual

by Parliament do in fact

GBVF incidents. This is the

extent accepted rather

and collective responsibil-

change the landscape

case not only in South

than challenged.

ity for the way we treat

in terms of how violence

Africa, but, according to

against women is dealt

UN Women, across the

women abuse are notori-

and the way we react to



ously difficult to establish,

both obvious and subtle

largely because of under-

incidents of GBVF.

All three – the Domestic

In a recent statement,

Violence Amendment Bill,

UN Women said: “Prior to

the Criminal Law Amend-

the pandemic, violence

ment Bill and the Criminal

“Statistics in the area of


women and children

Public servants, as gov-

“This is due to several

ernment ambassadors,

against women was

factors: the acceptance

have a moral obligation

and Related Matters

already alarmingly high,

of such violence as

to become GBVF activists

Amendment Bill – aim

with nearly one in five

normative by individu-

in their everyday actions

to consolidate how the

women (18%) experienc-

als and the authorities,

as we build a society that

courts, law enforcement

ing violence in the past

lack of confidence in the

values the holistic wellbe-

and government depart-

12 months at the hands

police, the shame women

ing of women. If you are

ments cooperate to fight

of an intimate male

experience in describing

aware of or witness GBVF


partner. With COVID-19,

assaults – particularly of a

or the abuse of children,

an increased reporting

sexual nature, economic

don’t remain silent. You

one can’t help but be

of domestic violence has

dependence on abusers,

have a responsibility to

concerned, because with

surfaced, with a stag-

fear of future reprisals and

speak up and offer help.

many government re-

gering 40% rise in some

the difficulty in obtaining

sources being redirected



But at the same time,

to fighting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pan-


The 16 Days of Activism campaign to challenge

The Gender-Based Violence Command Centre

Twenty-nine years later, this narrative remains

can be contacted on 0800 428 428.

Public Sector Manager • November 2020



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A message from President Cyril Ramaphosa

It’s time to build our country back better


he launch of the

and livelihood support

working from the premise

tor, allowing for greater

Presidential Em-

interventions while the

that there is no shortage

scale and social impact

ployment Stimulus

labour market recovers

of work to be done to

as well as new forms of

marks a fundamental

from the Coronavirus

address the many social

partnership with diverse

shift in our approach to

(COVID-19) pandemic.

problems in our society.

social actors.

tackling unemployment.

Each of these is ready

The aim is to support

The stimulus includes a

for implementation, and

the considerable creativ-

new national programme

far-reaching and ambi-

is additional to existing

ity, initiative and institu-

to employ teaching

tious public investment in


tional capabilities that

and school assistants

exist in the wider society

in schools. Schools are

to engage people in

making these appoint-

work that serves the com-

ments right now, deliver-

mon good.

ing new opportunities in

We are undertaking a

human capital, with the State as both a creator and an enabler of jobs. The Presidential Employ-

Social employment While some of the

ment Stimulus is unprec-

interventions build on

edented in its scale and

the strengths of existing

range of themes, includ-

the length and breadth

breadth, involving a

programmes, the stimulus

ing food security, ending

of the country.

public investment of R100

also includes new and in-

gender-based violence,

Public employment is

billion over the next three

novative approaches.

years. We will protect and create directly-funded jobs


This work cuts across a

every community across

informal settlement up-

not just for unskilled work.

This includes a focus on

grading and much more.

There is a cross-cutting

what we have termed ‘so-

This will supplement the

cial employment’. We are

efforts of the public sec-

focus on graduates, with opportunities for nurses,

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

science graduates, arti-

speed broadband to

undertaken by the United

as they undertake new

sans and others.

low-income households

States after the Great

forms of work. In doing so,

through innovative con-

Depression in the 1930s.

they contribute to trans-

protect jobs in vulner-

nection subsidies and

This was not just a stimu-

formation both at a local

able sectors that have

the expansion of free

lus, but also promoted

level and within broader

been hit hard by the

public WiFi.

social participation and


The stimulus will also

pandemic. Support will


childhood development

Recovering lost ground

practitioners, mainly self-

As our country recov-

public employment pro-

Responsive, progressive investment

employed women. Over

ers from the devasta-

grammes in the develop-

Direct public investment

74 000 small farmers will

tion of the Coronavirus

ing world, including in

to support employment

also receive production

pandemic, we are in no

India, Ethiopia and here

and create economic

input grants.

doubt as to the size of

in South Africa.

opportunities that gener-

be provided to early

As a nation, we need arts and culture to lift our

We have to achieve an economic recovery that

stimulus provides new

is swift and inclusive. We

funding to help the sec-

have to get as many of

tor back onto its feet, in-

our people as possible

cluding support to digital

working again. We also have to regain

pansion of e-commerce

lost ground in the provi-


sion of basic services

This will enable artists

and critical infrastructure,

to adapt to the new mar-

addressing social chal-

ket conditions that the

lenges and transforming

pandemic has imposed on us all and to seize new opportunities for growth.

ate social value does

the task before us.

spirits once more – the

content-creation and ex-

There are several examples of innovative

“We have to achieve an economic recovery that is swift and inclusive.”

more than just tackle the unemployment crisis. It is responsive, because it uses the State’s resources to respond to local community needs, be it for greener spaces, food security, more early childhood development centres, or for better and more accessible roads.

These programmes

It is progressive, be-

townships and rural com-

make a direct invest-

cause it offers social

munities too.

ment in local economies,

protection and income

reaching poorer areas

security to those who

an instrument that can

first, supporting local

face destitution because

Public employment is do all of the above: cre-

small enterprises and

they are unable to find

wider job creation, made

ating jobs at scale in the

trickling up into the wider


more important by the

short term while markets

economy from there.

pandemic, is connectiv-

recover, and creating so-

They also promote


cial value in the process.

social participation and

the broader economic

The example is often

inclusion, providing com-

recovery agenda by ur-

A critical enabler for

To overcome the digital

It is an investment in the future, in that it supports

divide, the stimulus will

cited of the massive

munities with the means

gently getting our people

provide affordable, high-

public works programme

to change their lives

to work on improving our

Public Sector Manager • November 2020



national and municipal infrastructure. Through the interventions in the stimulus, we are creating work for those who need it, while leaving a lasting impact on entire communities. Like public employment programmes across the world, this employment stimulus supports and complements the critical

crisis is also a window of

and metros to rapidly

collective skills and

role of the private sec-

opportunity to build back

design employment pro-

capabilities brought to

tor in creating jobs. It is


grammes that can be

bear in rebuilding our

rolled out or expanded

country in the wake of

within six months.

the Coronavirus.

counter-cyclical, in that

At this time of great up-

as the recovery advanc-

heaval, we would be do-

es, the scale of public

ing ourselves no favours

employment will decline.

by making unrealistic

The work experience

The implementing

The Presidential

departments and other

Employment Stimulus

promises that raise ex-

stakeholders were rigor-

provides a respite for

and skills acquired by

pectations, only to come

ously assessed on their

families who have

beneficiaries of the

short when they are not

capacity to implement.

endured a long hard

Presidential Employment

met. This is why each of

In every one of the

Stimulus will improve their

the jobs and livelihood

programmes that fall

reduced income, and

prospects of securing

support interventions is

under the stimulus, op-

for individuals who have

formal employment.

fully funded, with a clear

portunities will be widely

spent many years with-

implementation plan.

advertised and recruit-

out work.

The experience gained is also a pathway to

ment will be fair, open

winter with greatly

Real, decent work

Participants will improve

Creating jobs here and now

their skills and capa-

The employment stimu-

ourselves are realis-

condition for economic

bilities to start their own

lus is not about vague

tic, measurable and

growth and social

businesses, and can use

commitments for some

achievable, and draw


the steady income pro-

time in the future, but

lessons from past expe-

vided by public employ-

about jobs being cre-

rience and international

fundamental right, the

ment to branch out into

ated right here and now.

best practice.

Presidential Employment

entrepreneurial activity.

other income-generating activities. I have consistently affirmed that the COVID-19


The stimulus is the

and transparent. The goals we have set

Our people are ready

is the right of every human being. It is a pre-

By giving effect to this

Stimulus is making a

result of extensive con-

and willing to work. This

decisive contribution to

sultation with national

vast potential must be

building a society that

departments, provinces

harnessed, and our


Public Sector Manager • November 2020


Writer: More Matshediso

Building a stronger, inclusive society persons with disabilities; and breaking through stereotypes and misogynistic agendas – will dismantle structural drivers of inequality. “It will also break heteronormative and patriarchal systems that benefit conformity and a select group of privileged individuals,” explains the Minister. Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite NkoanaMashabane (left) during a visit to the Emalahleni Local Municipalit y where she monitored the municipalit y 's COVID-19 protocols.


She encouraged all departments and public servants to ensure inclusionary programmes, policies that respond to

ublic servants must

speaking to PSM about

centre of development

inequalities and budgets

ensure account-

Disability Rights Aware-

programmes so that

that support women,

ability, coordina-

ness Month and the 16

their rights are promoted

youth and persons with

tion and leadership with

Days of Activism for No

and upheld to achieve

disabilities are not af-

regard to the inclusion of

Violence Against Women

their empowerment and

fected when cutbacks

persons with disabilities

and Children campaign,


are made to support the

and when dealing with

both of which start in

those affected by gender-


based violence and femicide (GBVF).

The Department of Women, Youth and

“Our response to inequality is premised on

country’s recovery plan.

programmes – which are

Inclusion and support

the basis that inclusive

Persons with Disabilities’

geared towards rectify-

This year Disability Rights

Minister of Women, Youth

mandate is to ensure

ing gender imbalances

Awareness Month will be

and Persons with Dis-

that women, youth and

of the past; closing gaps

commemorated under

abilities, Maite Nkoana-

persons with disabili-

in the representation

the theme: ‘Together

Mashabane, who was

ties are placed at the

of women, youth and

Building an Empowered

This is according to the


Public Sector Manager • November 2020

South Africa Inclusive of

tion support increases

for focused interventions

for No Violence against

Disability Rights’.

productivity and occupa-

that will meaningfully

Women and Children is a

tional health and safety,”

change the lives of per-

United Nations-led cam-

says the Minister.

sons with disabilities.

paign that takes place

It is an opportunity for the department to highlight its work, par-

It is the responsibility of

annually from 25 Novem-

ticularly in relation to the

government institutions

Fighting GBVF

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

to ensure that 7% of their

Minister Nkoana-Masha-

pandemic and how the

supply chain is allocated

bane says public serv-

theme is ‘Women’s Eco-

incorporation of disability

to service providers be-

ants play a critical role in

nomic Justice for a Non-

targets in departments

longing to persons with

supporting government’s

Violent and Non-Sexist

will be monitored and

disabilities, she adds.

efforts to respond effec-

South Africa’.

tracked. These delivery

In terms of the work

tively to GBVF. The upskilling of social

ber to 10 December. The 2020 campaign

“The campaign will be

targets will ultimately

done to improve the lives

become performance

of people living with dis-

workers, police officers

of the National Strategic


abilities, the department

and those in the judiciary

Plan (NSP) on GBVF as

aligned to Pillars 2 and 5

is ensuring the implemen-

to deal with survivors of

priority pillars, while rec-

developed a tracking tool

tation of the White Paper

GBV with sensitivity, offer-

ognising the significance

which it uses to collect

on the Rights of Persons

ing a victim-centric ser-

of all six pillars under the

data disaggregated by

with Disabilities by all gov-

vice, is an important step

broader 365-Day Behav-

age, sex, gender and

ernment departments.

in preventing secondary

iour Change Campaign,”

“The Medium-Term

victimisation of survivors

she says.

The department has

disability so that it is able to report weekly on GBV

Strategic Framework for

to the President and

the period 2019-2024

monthly on economic

provides renewed op-


portunity for government

The Minister called on

to mainstream disability

every citizen to become

across all programmes

an ally to the disability

and services, and to put

sector through action.

measures in place that

“Employees with dis-

of GBV, she adds. The 16 Days of Activism

Pillar 2 seeks to harness all stakeholders to

will strengthen equal op-

abilities are an asset, not

portunities for all persons

a liability. The employ-

with disabilities,” she

ment of persons with dis-


abilities makes business

The implementation of

sense; procurement from

the District Development

service providers owned

Model and the appoint-

by persons with dis-

ment of district champi-

abilities makes business

ons for integrated plan-

sense; while investing in

ning and service delivery

reasonable accommoda-

provides an opportunity

Public Sector Manager • November 2020



contribute to preventing

committee on GBVF was

Policy (NYP) 2030, which

es the need to increase

GBVF and rebuilding a


reviews the NYP 2020.

and support more young

socially cohesive society.

This structure coordi-

people who aspire to

It proposes and

nated the development

strengthens key policy

programme interventions

and implementation of

priorities in response to

and the development of

the Emergency Response

new as well as persistent

National Youth Resilience

a mass media behaviour

Action Plan and the

challenges that our youth

Initiative seeks to ad-

change campaign in line

development of the NSP

are facing and will guide

dress the impact of the

with the framework, as

on GBVF.

implementation of youth

COVID-19 crisis, which is

priorities for the next 10

worsening youth unem-


ployment through job

It also focuses on

approved by Cabinet in November 2019. Pillar 5 of the NSP deals with economic power and women’s financial inclusion. The Gender-Responsive, Budgeting, Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Auditing Framework was adopted by Cabinet in March 2019. “This led to the integration of priorities relating to women’s empowerment, including GBVF interventions, within the 2019-

“ is of utmost importance that we build the resilience of young people to overcome the challenges that they are facing."

2024 MTSF,” says Minister

The policy advocates for holistic youth develop-

become entrepreneurs. The department’s

losses. “Young people are cur-

ment in the country in

rently undergoing severe

the following areas:

socio-economic chal-

cc Quality education,

lenges. Therefore, it is of

skills and second

utmost importance that


we build the resilience of

cc Participation, entre-

young people to over-

preneurship and job

come the challenges


that they are facing.”

cc Physical and mental

The initiative will focus

health promotion,

on the psychosocial

including COVID-19.

well-being and resilience

cc Nation-building and

of young people and

social cohesion.

promote greater provision

cc Effective and respon-

of, and access to, quality,

sive youth-develop-

evidence-based psycho-

She believes govern-

lished the Inter-Ministerial

ment institutions.

social support pro-

ment has demonstrated

Committee on GBVF, and

“The young people of

significant leadership

has fast-tracked steps to

our country continue to

This includes life skills

with regard to the de-

establish the National

face many challenges,

programmes, counselling,

velopment and imple-

Council on GBVF.”

including the high

leadership development

unemployment rate. This

programmes, active citi-

problem makes them to

zenship and volunteering

be vulnerable to social ills



mentation of a national response to the GBVF crisis.

“Cabinet also estab-

Empowering youth

grammes and services.

The Minister says sup-

such as GBVF, depression

dential GBVF Summit in

port for the youth will be

and alcohol and drug

established to oversee

November 2018, a multi-

guided by the final draft

abuse,” says the Minister.

the roll-out of the initia-

sectoral interim steering

of the National Youth

Following the Presi-


The NYP 2030 emphasis-

A task team has been


Public Sector Manager • November 2020


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The path to economic recovery W

hile the

employment, livelihoods,

struction and Recovery


public finances and

Plan builds on the com-

through the implementa-


state-owned companies.

mon ground established

tion of necessary reforms,

pandemic has caused

This will be done

by the social partners

removing regulatory bar-

much damage to the

shock is unprecedented,

– government, labour,

riers that increase costs

South African economy,

extraordinary effort is re-

business and community

and create inefficiencies

government’s Economic

quired to recover from it.

organisations – through

in the economy, securing

Reconstruction and

While the economic

“As even the darkest of

intensive and detailed

energy supply, and free-

Recovery Plan is set to

clouds has a silver lining,

consultations over the

ing up digital infrastruc-

rebuild the economy and

we need to see this mo-

past few months.


create much-needed

ment as a rupture with


the past and an opportu-

at the centre of the plan

country achieve suffi-

nity to drive fundamental

with the President em-

cient, secure and reliable

Ramaphosa announced

and lasting change,” said

phasising the importance

energy supply within two

details of the long-await-

the President.

of getting people back

years while also creating

into jobs they lost as a

and supporting over 800

result of the pandemic.

000 work opportunities

President Cyril

ed recovery plan during

The creation of jobs is

Interventions will see the

a joint sitting of the

New path

National Council of Prov-

The opportunity has

inces and the National

arisen, not only to recover

create more employment

Assembly recently.

the ground lost, but to

opportunities for those

also place the country’s

who were unemployed

elling done by National

pandemic has caused

economy on a new path

before the pandemic or

Treasury, the implementa-

additional strain on an al-

to growth.

who had given up look-

tion of the plan will raise

ing for work.”

growth to around 3% on

He highlighted that the

ready weak economy, to


The Economic Recon-

“We are determined to

in the immediate term to respond to job losses. According to the mod-

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

average over the next 10 years.


additional capacity from

separate entities for gen-

various stages of the

existing projects by June

eration, transmission and

project life cycle.


distribution continues.

These projects are at

The infrastructure build

The Risk Mitigation

A long-term solution to

The plan outlines four pri-

programme will focus on

Power Procurement

Eskom’s debt burden will

ority interventions with the

social infrastructure such

Programme will unlock

be finalised, building on

first being South Africa

as schools, water, sanita-

a further 2 000MW of

the Social Compact on

embarking on a massive

tion and housing. It will

emergency supply within

Energy Security recently

rollout of infrastructure.

also focus on critical net-

12 months.

agreed to by social

“Infrastructure has

work infrastructure such

immense potential to

as ports, roads and rail

stimulate investment

that are key to economic

and growth, develop


other economic sectors employment both directly

Energy generation

and indirectly.

The second priority

and create sustainable

“We have developed

intervention is to expand

a robust pipeline of pro-

energy generation ca-

jects that will completely

pacity with government

transform the landscape

accelerating the imple-

of our cities, towns and

mentation of the Inte-

rural areas,” said Presi-

grated Resource Plan. This

dent Ramaphosa.

will provide a substantial

By the end of June 2020,

increase in the contribu-

the country had 276

tion of renewable energy

catalytic projects with an

sources, battery storage

investment value of R2.3

and gas technology.

trillion. A list of 50 strategic

This should bring around 11 800MW of new

partners. “Through these meas-

“We have ures, we aim to achieve sufficient, secure and relideveloped able energy supply within a robust two years.” pipeline Employment of projects stimulus The third key intervention that will is that of employment completely stimulus to create jobs and support livelihoods. transform President Ramaphosa said large-scale job inthe terventions driven by the State and social partners landscape have proven effective in of our cities, many countries. He said R100 billion has towns and been committed over the rural areas.” next three years to create

integrated projects and

generation capacity into

12 special projects was

the system by 2022. More

gazetted in July 2020.

than half of this energy

The current regula-

will be generated from

tory framework will be

renewable sources.

adapted to facilitate new

These catalytic projects have been prioritised for

jobs through public and social employment as the labour market recovers. “This starts now, with

generation projects while

over 800 000 employment

tion with all regulatory

agreements will be

protecting the integrity of

opportunities created in

processes fast-tracked –

finalised with Independ-

the national grid.

the months ahead.”

enabling over R340 billion

ent Power Producers to

in new investment.

connect over 2 000MW of

immediate implementa-

In the immediate term,

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

In addition, the work of restructuring Eskom into

The employment stimulus is focused on those



Support is being provided to more than 100 000 early childhood development practitioners and to 75 000 smallscale farmers whose production was disrupted by the pandemic. Grant-making programmes are being expanded in the creative, cultural and sports sector, and funding has been allocated to protect jobs in cultural institutions such as museums interventions that can be

mediate need. Natural

rolled out most quickly

resource management

care system, an ad-

and have the greatest

programmes such as

ditional 6 000 commu-

than 40 000 vulnerable

impact on economic

Working on Fire and

nity health workers and

teaching posts are being


Working for Water will be

nursing assistants will be

secured in schools which


deployed as the country

have lost income from

moves to implement the


At the heart of the employment stimulus

“We are going to create

To support the health-

and theatres. In addition, more

is a new, innovative

300 000 opportunities

National Health Insur-

approach to public

for young people to be


employment which har-

engaged as education

nesses the energies and

and school assistants at

will be expanded at

to do everything in our

capabilities of the wider

schools throughout the

provincial and city level,

means to provide sup-


country, to help teachers

contributing to cleaner,

port to those in society

with basic and routine

greener and safer public

who continue to face

creativity, initiative and

work so that more time

spaces and improved

hunger and distress.

institutional resources

is spent on teaching

maintenance of facilities.

that exist in society to

and enabling learners to

respond to local commu-

catch up from time lost

young people in ac-

COVID-19 Grant by a fur-

nity priorities.

because of COVID-19.”

cessing opportunities,

ther three months,” said

government will launch

the President.

It uses the considerable

The President said

More than 60 000 jobs

“As these and other recovery measures are

Public employment

To assist unemployed

being rolled out, we need

“We will therefore be extending the Special

traditional forms of public

will be created for labour-

the national Pathway

employment are being

intensive maintenance

Management Network

temporary expansion of

scaled up and new forms

and construction of

as a platform for recruit-

social protection and

of public employment

municipal infrastructure

ment and other forms of

allow the labour market

created to meet the im-

and rural roads.


sufficient time to recover.


This will maintain a

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

Industrial growth

tic product,” the President

femicide, which is fuelled

adequate resources to

With the fourth interven-


by gender inequality,

enable the identification

particularly economic

and swift prosecution of corruption and fraud.”

tion focused on industrial

Localisation targets for

growth, government will

goods in areas like agro-

disparities between men

support growth in local

processing, healthcare,

and women and gender

The President assured

production and make

basic consumer goods,

non-conforming persons.

South Africans that there

South African exports

industrial equipment,

more competitive.

construction materials

will be no political interfer-

and transport rolling

Zero tolerance for corruption

South African Investment

stock are expected to be

President Ramaphosa

“We will strengthen the

Conferences in 2018 and

published soon.

also reiterated govern-

framework to ensure that

ment’s commitment to

political office bearers, at

Through the first two

2019, the country secured

“We will enforce govern-

ence in the work of law enforcement agencies.

pledges of around R664

ment policies to ensure

take decisive action

all spheres of government,

billion in new investment.

that all public infra-

against crime and cor-

do not do business with

structure projects use


the State.”

To date, just under R170 billion of capital ex-

locally-made materials,

“We are working to

The Public Procurement

penditure was committed

including steel products,

clamp down on the il-

Bill will be fast tracked and

during those investment

cement, bricks and other

legal economy and illicit

transversal contracts put



financial flows, including

in place for large-volume

transfer pricing abuse,


“Our agricultural sector with a bumper maize

Empowering women

harvest and the expan-

has continued to grow,

profit shifting, VAT and cus-

The implementation of

toms duty fraud, under-

the new National Anti-

The President stressed

invoicing of manufactured

Corruption Strategy is also

sion of many high-value

that economic growth

imports, corruption and

expected to improve


cannot be realised

other illegal schemes.”

transparency, monitoring

“We have positioned

without the inclusion and

The Special Investigat-

and accountability in

South Africa as one of the

active participation of

ing Unit (SIU) has made

government and across

most attractive destina-


significant progress in


tions in the world for glob-

“Among the other

probing allegations of

“Through these actions,

al business services," said

measures we have out-

criminal conduct in all

we will ensure that every

President Ramaphosa.

lined, we will be working

public entities during the

Rand of public expendi-

with women-empowered

National State of Disaster.

ture is spent productively

The country currently

to benefit our people

imports around R1.1 tril-

companies to progres-

lion of goods, excluding

sively reach our target of

tinues and the outcomes

and support our recov-

oil, annually.

directing at least 40% of

of the investigations will

ery effort,” said President

procurement spend to

be made public once all


such enterprises.”

the due processes have

“If we were to manufacture just 10% of these goods locally, it is esti-

This also forms part

“The work of the SIU con-

been completed.

Read the full Economic

mated that we could add

of government’s pro-

two percentage points to

gramme to end gender-

cies are being strength-

ery Plan at

our annual gross domes-

based violence and

ened and provided with


Public Sector Manager • November 2020

“Law enforcement agen-

Reconstruction and Recov-







It all started with three technical colleges in Kimberley, namely

We aim to enrich the learning experience for students, to

Moremogolo Technical College (also known as Taemaneng

cultivate a commitment to lifelong learning, and to empower

Technical Centre), R C Elliott Technical College, and Northern

students to flourish as innovators and entrepreneurs. The

Cape Technical College. With the dawn of democracy in

college has exciting aspirations as it moves into a new era of

1994, legislative frameworks and policies were put into place

development and has responded to the economic drivers by

to deal with many of the challenges facing our society,

means of a curriculum that is responsive to industry demands,

including the transformation of the education system.

with a specific focus on artisan training and artisan related programmes, like:

Subsequently, indications were given by the Northern Cape Department of Education that the three technical colleges should merge. The first phase would incorporate the merging of the R C Elliott Technical College and the Moremogolo Technical College into Kimberley College. The merging of the two institutions was implemented as of January 1997. The second phase of the merging process was the merger of the newly formed Kimberley College (Moremogolo and RC Elliott together) and the Northern Cape Technical College. This process was completed in January 1999. It became effective on 1 April 2002. The college was then known as the Northern Cape FET College, with two campuses - Moremogolo campus (previously known as the Kimberley College) and City Campus (previously known as the Northern Cape Technical College). In 2015 the name of the college changed again and is now known as the Northern Cape Urban TVET College. The college also became part of Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as of April 2016. In January 2017 a third campus was opened. The previouslynamed Phatsimang Teachers College is now known as Phatsimang Campus.

National Certificate (Vocational) Programmes: • Civil Engineering and Building Construction • Electrical Infrastructure Construction • Finance, Economics and Accounting • Tourism • Office Administration • Safety in Society • Transport and logistics • IT Report 191 (N1-N3) Engineering Studies Programmes • Electrical Engineering • Mechanical Engineering • Civil Engineering Report 191 (N4-N6) Business Studies Programmes • Management Assistant • Marketing Management • Tourism • Intro to Business Management • Business Management • Financial Management • Human Resource Management • Public Management


We also have a vibrant Skills and Innovation centre that offers various accredited national certificates, learnerships and skills programmes. The enrolment numbers at the college have significantly increased over the last 3 years, with females entering the artisan space. HOW HAS THE COLLEGE TRANSFORMED AND EXPANDED? • The college has positively expanded and has even introduced new programmes like IT and transport and logistics. • Being selected as a Centre of Specialisation enables us to give special focus to artisan development and training of apprentices. • We are forging partnerships both locally and internationally. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MILESTONES AS PRINCIPAL? • Seeing the enrolment numbers grow from 4 000 to 8 000 in my first year as principal. This was achieved through, amongst others, a vigorous marketing campaign of commissioning 3 huge billboards around the city, radio, school visits. • The college becoming a Centre of Specialisation for Carpentry - there are only two in the country. There are exciting plans to expand to bricklaying in the near future. • Sending six students to China to do a skills internship. The initiative was funded by Construction Education and Training Authority.

Apprentices in action

• Establishing an on-line application system for the college. • Phatsimang Campus recognised by DHET, as an independent campus, thus receiving

WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR 2021? • Planning to open an agricultural satellite campus in neighbouring towns.

its own exam number. • Improved subject pass rate, which resulted in the college leading in the Western Cape/Northern

• Introduction of new learnership and skills programmes that are responsive to the industry. • Strengthening of partnerships especially with local industry.

Cape region. • Issuing of bursaries to staff, enabling them to obtain the necessary qualifications for their jobs. Due to budgetary constraints this was not possible in the past. • Continuous training and development is something close to my heart, hence we also afforded some staff the opportunity to obtain their drivers licenses, as well

• COVID-19 forced us to expedite the introduction of a remote Learning Management system to respond to 4IR. • Introduction of a 4IR Centre where learners can acquire skills related to 4IR. • Reskilling of our teaching staff to ensure they keep abreast with demands of 4IR.

as training in supply chain to mention a few.

CONTACT DETAILS: Address: 35 – 39 Long Street, Kimberly, 8300 | Tel: 053 839 2063


Writer: Allison Cooper

Infrastructure projects give the country, economy a facelift


projects to ensure their bankability. “This has produced a credible pipeline of infrastructure projects across the country that are not only transactional in nature, but also address the social, economic and spatial injustices of our past.

nfrastructure projects

ment and its related

elements of the plan

across the country are

mass employment pro-


expected to transform

gramme are all part of

Leading up to the re-

the landscape of cities,

the Economic Recon-

covery plan, Cabinet ap-

ture has worked closely

towns and rural areas,

struction and Recovery

proved the Infrastructure

with the Infrastructure

while also addressing the

Plan unveiled by Presi-

Investment Plan (IIP). The

and Investment Office

social, economic and

dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

IIP relates to a new meth-

in the Presidency to put

odology of project plan-

together a pipeline of in-

structure Minister Patricia

ning, preparation and

frastructure projects that

de Lille unpacked these

packaging infrastructure

will completely transform

spatial injustices of the past. Infrastructure develop-


Public Works and Infra-

“Since the end of 2019, the Department of Public Works and Infrastruc-

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

the landscape of our

identified in the plan. All

delays and ensure imple-

structure Fund, which is

cities, towns and rural

62 were gazetted as Stra-

mentation is achieved,”

encouraging private in-

areas,” said the Minister.

tegic Integrated Projects

explained the Minister

vestors to help build ca-

(SIPs) in July this year.

De Lille.

pability for infrastructure

The IIP focuses on implementation and invest-

The gazetting enables

Cabinet approved the

delivery within the State

ment in the immediate,

projects to be prioritised

establishment of Infra-

and develop blended

medium- and long-term.

and regulatory process-

structure South Africa

financing models.

es and implementation

(ISA) as the single-entry


point for all infrastructure

methodology assesses


the projects in terms of

Strategic Integrated Projects

The SIPs are at various

What is new is that the

stages and will result

ISA is the administra-

how they advance the

The first phase of the IIP

in major job creation

tive arm and has been

national development

includes projects from all

and stimulation of the

tasked to drive the

goals, including the Na-

three spheres of govern-

economy over several

implementation of the IIP.

tional Development Plan

ment, state-owned en-

financial years. Those

It will assist with resolving

and the priorities of the

terprises and the private

already in construction

blockages, unlocking

current administration


will see future phases

funding and monitoring

and the African Union's

implemented sooner.


Agenda 2063.

Fifty infrastructure projects were determined

“We are pulling them

Meanwhile, the Infra-

“What will be different

ready for investment and

altogether into a cred-

structure Fund will pro-

with implementation is


ible pipeline and have

vide capacity to prepare

that we have collated,

a steering committee to

and package projects.

assessed and gazetted

A further 12 special projects, of which five have

monitor implementation

an additional focus of

and assist where block-

mitted R100 billion over

pitching sessions, expect-

mass employment, were

ages arise, to prevent

10 years to the Infra-

ing R340 billion in private

Government has com-

the projects, we had

sector investment for some of the 62 gazetted projects.”

Ensuring implementation Projects have been gazetted in terms of the Infrastructure Development Act which means that processes relating to implementation, such as approvals, authorisations, licences, permissions or exemptions, now run concurrently instead of

Public Sector Manager • November 2020



one process happening

ensure that the projects

programmes have been

Municipality, OR Tambo

after the other.

will be implemented.


District Municipality and

ISA is also in the pro-

This includes funding

The Comprehensive

eThekwini Metropolitan

cess of adapting the in-

from the private sector,

Urban Management

Municipality,� said the

frastructure procurement

including funding from

Programme will be


framework to enable

international funding

implemented across all

public-private partner-

institutions, multilateral

44 districts and eight

locally driven, allowing

ships and unlock new

development banks,

metros to clean up cities

participants to earn an

funding mechanisms

development financing

and towns.

income while contribut-

for major infrastructure

institutions and com-


mercial banks; blended

tain 52 000 jobs over the

tasks, such as cleaning

It will employ and sus-

The activities will be

ing to their community in

financing, which encour-

next three years, while

towns, cities and town-

advertised for profes-

ages the private sector

providing training and


sionals to serve on the

to invest in the Infrastruc-

skills development to aid

Technical Advisory Panel

ture Fund; and the fiscus.

in the sustainability and

Welisizwe Programme will

longevity of employment

ensure the installation

post the programme.

of bridges over rivers to

In August, government

for the IIP, to support the implementation of the plan. Appointments are expected soon.

Mass employment programmes

“This translates to approximately 1 000 jobs

Three funding chan-

Four mass infrastructure-

per district, starting in

nels are being used to

led public employment

the Vhembe District


The Rural Bridges

enable people to cross them safely. Gazetting this programme has enabled

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

the rollout of bridges to

conditions and assisting

be scaled up. The deliv-

communities in mainte-

ery programme, subject

nance and upkeep.

to the finalisation of

The 200km of roads

funding, is for the installation of 14 bridges by March 2021 and 170 in the following 12 months. The plan is for the installation of 400 bridges in three years, with priority provinces being the Eastern Cape, KwaZuluNatal and the Free State. The Digitisation of the Government Information Programme focuses on accelerating job creation as a response to COVID-19, through the creation of mass employment opportunities for 10 000 unemployed youth graduates to digitise physical paper-based government records. The Rural Roads Rehabilitation and Upgrad-

“In all of these programmes, we will ensure that recruitment is fair, open and transparent, and that opportunities are advertised widely.”

ing Special Programme

said Minister De Lille.

Project updates

nesburg, Gauteng. The development is envisaged to deliver

The SIP Steering Commit-

over 24 000 hous-

tee is fast-tracking the

ing opportunities

implementation of the

of different typolo-

62 projects, including

gies. Over 7 000 jobs

the approval of credit

are to be created,

enhancing instruments,

of which 2 000 are

unlocking funding for

already in existence.

the provision of bulk

• Mooikloof and Green

infrastructure and the

Creek, in Tshwane,

speedy processing

Gauteng. These two

of water use licenses,

integrated housing,

environmental impact

private sector pro-

assessments and town-

jects are estimated

ship establishment.

to yield 60 000 jobs.

Many of the human

• Greater Cornubia, in

settlement SIPs have

eThekwini, KwaZulu-

been constrained due

Natal. The develop-

to the funding of bulk

ment is expected to

services. The gazetting

deliver over 57 000

of the projects now ena-

housing opportuni-

bles ISA and the steering

ties and 64 000 jobs

committee to expedite

across the project

the process to reach


concrete solutions that

• Vista Park I and II,

will see the next phases

in Mangaung, Free

of the projects com-

State. This project is


expected to yield

specifically focuses on

initially identified are in

innovative local tech-

the rural areas of the

nologies, using labour-

Eastern Cape, North

job creation and the

500 jobs are to be

intensive methods and

West, Limpopo, Free State

development of much-

created over the

local materials.

and KwaZulu-Natal.

needed human settle-

project’s lifecycle.

Over 4 000 jobs will be

“In all of these pro-

“This will result in major

ments across the coun-

33 300 units and 5

In total, 18 housing

created in the labour-

grammes, we will ensure

intensive maintenance

that recruitment is fair,

and construction of rural

open and transparent,

construction that require

at R129 billion. These pro-

roads, with a method

and that opportunities

funding solutions are:

jects will produce over

that focuses on local

are advertised widely,”

• Lufhereng, in Johan-

190 000 housing units.

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

try,” said the Minister. SIPs currently under

projects have been gazetted as SIPs, valued



AYANDA MAFULEKA FASSET is the Financial and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority. The finance and accounting services sector is particularly important because it is the largest employer of people with financial management, accounting, and auditing skills. In 2018 more than 168 000 people worked in the sector.

1. P PLEASE LEASE GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY AND ROLE OF FASSET. The Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and

• • Encourage greater cooperation between the public and private sectors. • • Cooperate with the South African Qualifications

Training Authority (FASSET) was established in March 2000

Authority and other SETAs, in support of these

and has been going strong for 20 years. It is one of the 21


Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) reporting to the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr. Blade Nzimande. The mission of FASSET is to increase the flow of new finance and accountancy entrants into


employment, develop and grow the skills required in the

‘’The world needs accountants’’- this is our key positioning

sector, and to facilitate transformation of the finance and

statement when we engage with the youth interested to

accountancy sector.

join our sector. The finance and accounting services sector has excellent employment opportunities after graduation,

FASSET’s objectives are to:

as well as significant career growth prospects. Finance and

• • Develop the competence of employees and potential

accounting skills are needed by any industry. Therefore, FASSET

employees. • • Increase the levels of investment in education and

is proud to be an incubator Seta for these highly sought-after finance and accounting skills.

training and optimise the return on this investment. • • Position this sector as the ‘sector of career choice’ for prospective learners and entrants into the labour market. • • Encourage employers and employees to adopt a culture of lifelong learning. • • Support the objectives of the Employment Equity Act of 1998, and enhance access to learning opportunities and facilitate the recognition of prior learning. • • Ensure the quality of education and training in the sector. • • Expand the provision of education and training in this sector through sound partnerships with public and private sector service providers.

3. H HOW OW DID COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE WORK OF FASSET AND THE SECTOR AS A WHOLE? Some of the challenges faced by FASSET during this COVID-19 outbreak are, among others, the following: • • The potential reductions in skills levies collected. • • The need to increase the number of levy and nonlevy paying employers submitting Workplace Skills Plans (WSP) during the lockdown period. • • Job security is fleeting in the sector as we have seen companies downsizing. • • Pace and delivery of our skills development interventions has been slowed.


Statistics South Africa’s Business impact survey

I am humbled to be part of an independent oversight

structure for this department, whose mandate is to lead INTERVIEW WITH FASSET CEO INTERVIEW WITH 2 182 tax-paying businesses across all economic on socio-economic transformation and implementation of of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, that



industries participated in, revealed that most

the empowerment and participation of women, youth and

businesses (over 85%) had a below normal

persons with disabilities through mainstreaming, advocacy,

turnover during the Level 5 lockdown. Nearly 37%

monitoring and evaluation.

of businesses are expected to lay off staff in the FASSET iswhile the Financial Accounting Services Sector Education and Training as the Chairperson of the FASSET the Financial and Acco short-term, over 45%and expected a significant My involvement Auditis & Risk

Authority. The finance and accounting services sector is particularly important Authority. The reduction in the workforce. Committee is to oversee and advise the department onfinance and acc because it is the largest employer of people with financial management, because is the any financial and non-financial performance, audit itand risklargest emplo

accounting, and auditing skills. able In 2018 worked legislative compliance related accounting, auditing ski Most businesses indicated they were to more tradethan only168 000 people management, matters in and order in the sector. in the sector. partially, while many have temporarily closed or paused for the department to deliver on its huge mandate. Given the trading. However, the finance and accountancy sector

scourge of gender-based violence and femicide, and it being

has shown great resilience even during the COVID-19

the other pandemic confronting our country, one gets to play

pandemic, and it has played a fundamental role as the

a role and influence women’s transformational agenda from

backbone of the South Africa’s economy.

the governance oversight perspective.

I firmly believe that FASSET will weather the challenges that I want to be part of the generation that ends any form of OF THE HISTORY AND ROLE 1. PLEASE the GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY AND ROLE • Encourage greater cooperation between public • Encourag arise from this ‘new normal’. I believe that challenges can gender-based discrimination and inequality! Every girl and OF FASSET. and private sectors. and priva be addressed through accountable delivery and with the woman’s voice and life matters. g Services Sector Education and Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and • Cooperate with the South AfricanThe Qualifications • Cooperat support of a dedicated management team, namely, the as established in March 2000 Training Authority (FASSET) was established in March 2000 Authority and other SETAs, in support of these Authority a Board and broader stakeholder community. or 20 years. It is one of the 21 and has been going strong for 20 years. It is one of the 21 objectives. objectives

g Authorities (SETAs) reporting Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) reporting 4. WHAT EXCITING PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR 2021? cation, Science and Innovation, to the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, 2. HOW DO YOU POSITION THIS SECTOR AS THE ‘SECTOR Having been re-appointed as the FASSET CEO for a period sion of FASSET is to increase Dr. Blade Nzimande. OF CAREER CHOICE’ FOR PROSPECTIVE LEARNERS AND The mission of FASSET is to increase of five years, the focus will be leading this SETA as it gears accountancy entrants into the flow of new finance and accountancy entrants into ENTRANTS INTO THE LABOUR MARKET? up towards the implementation of the National Skills grow the skills required in the employment, develop and grow the skills required in the ‘’The world needs accountants’’- this is our key positioning Development Plan (NSDP). FASSET will continue to focus formation of the finance and sector, and to facilitate transformation of the finance and statement when we engage with the youth interested to on increasing learner placements through learnership and accountancy sector. join our sector. The finance and accounting services sector internships, enhancing the employability prospects of our has excellent employment opportunities after graduation, youth through programmes such as the YES- Presidential FASSET’s objectives are to: as well as significant career growth prospects. Finance and youth employment initiative, and interventions and of employees and potential • Develop the competence of employees and potential accounting skills are needed by any industry. Therefore, FASSET funding aimed at learners at TVET colleges. Transformation employees. is proud to be an incubator Seta for these highly sought-after in the finance and accountancy sector remains one of tment in education and • Increase the levels of investment in education and finance and accounting skills. FASSET’s core mandates, where leadership development eturn on this investment. training and optimise the return on this investment. programmes are targeting women who are in the senior ector of career choice’ • Position sector as the ‘sector of career choice’ 3. HOW DID COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE WORK OFthis FASSET AND HEAD OFFICE: management talent pipeline in our sector. d entrants into the for prospective learners and1st entrants intoKent the Avenue THE SECTOR AS A WHOLE? Physical Address: Floor, 296

labour market. Some of the challenges faced by FASSET during this COVID-19 Ferndale, Randburg, 2194 5. PLEASE DESCRIBE THE WORK YOU DO AS CHAIRPERSON employees to adopt a • Encourage employers and employees adopt a outbreak are, among others, the following: Postal Address: PO Box 6801, to Cresta OF THE AUDIT & RISK COMMITTEE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF culture of lifelong learning. • The potential reductions in skills levies collected. WOMEN, YOUTH AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Switchboard: 011 476 8570 he Employment Equity Act • Support the objectives of the Employment Equity Act • The need to December, increase thewe number of levy and nonDuring the month of November and Call Centre: 086 101 0001 ess to learning opportunities of 1998, and enhance access to learning opportunities levyfor paying employers submitting Workplace Skills observe 16 Days of Activism No Violence against Fasset Hotline:of080 020 5054 on of prior learning. and facilitate theTip-off recognition prior learning. Plans (WSP) during thefor lockdown Women and Children, and International Day Persons period. ation and training in • Ensure theEmail quality of education and training in Address: • Department Job security isof fleeting in the sector as we have with Disabilities, and the Women, the sector. seen companies downsizing. Youth and People with Disabilities advocates for these Website: ucation and training in this • Expand the provision of education and training in this affected groups. • Pace and delivery of our skills development nerships with public and sector through sound partnerships with public and interventions has been slowed. iders. private sector service providers.



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Source: SAnews

Public sector wage bill under scrutiny


tabilising government’s debt will come with difficult

five-year period. The aim is to make spending reductions of

points in the subsequent

be felt for years to come. Although the economy

two years. “The aim is to reach a

has begun to recover

decisions, and the public

R60 billion in 2021./22,

main budget primary

from the hard lockdown,

sector wage bill is the

R90 billion in 2022/23

surplus by 2025/26. This

tax revenue in the cur-

main area where govern-

and R150 billion in

target is expected to

rent year is projected to

ment will impose reduc-

2023/24 – mostly falling

result in debt stabilising

be R8.7 billion lower than

tions aimed at returning

on compensation.

at 95.3% of GDP in the

the June estimate.

public finances to a stable position.

“Large fiscal adjustments and an improv-

“Gross debt is pro-

same year.”

jected to reach 81.8% of

National Treasury which,

will narrow the budget

Impact of COVID-19

in the Medium-Term

deficit by 7.3 percentage

National Treasury said

Budget Policy Statement

points of GDP over the

the impact of the

(MTBPS), proposes steps

Medium-Term Expendi-

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

finances to a sustainable

to reduce the fiscal

ture Framework (MTEF)

pandemic economic

position requires large

deficit and stabilise the

period, and by an ad-

contraction on South Af-

adjustments. Govern-

debt-to-GDP ratio over a

ditional 1.8 percentage

rica’s public finances will

ment spending remains

This is according to


ing economic outlook

GDP in the current year, up from 65.6% projected in February 2020. “Returning the public

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

too high for the tax base

the wage bill, while sup-

7.2% a year on average

for across-the-board

– and this gap has likely

porting capital grants

– well above inflation.

compensation pay

increased as a result of

and the Infrastructure

Over the next five years, it

reductions to manage-

the 2020 recession.”


will need to grow much,

ment-level positions,

much slower, he added.

across national, provin-

“The Minister of Public

cial and municipal gov-

National Treasury said over the past 15 years,

New consensus

public-service compen-

Delivering the MTBPS

Service and Administra-

ernments, state-owned

sation spending has

in Parliament, Finance

tion and the leadership

entities all other senior

grown at an unsustaina-

Minister Tito Mboweni

of the public service

public representatives,”

ble rate that is nearly 1.5

stressed that as part

unions are meeting to

added the Minister.

percentage points faster

of the country’s post-

discuss how best we

In an effort to stabilise

than the rate of growth

adapt to the reality that

the spiralling public sec-

of GDP, largely because

we must do more with

tor wage bill, National

less, and that we are all

Treasury will propose a

in this together.”

three-year wage freeze.

of increases in average remuneration. The result is that publicservice compensation now accounts for the equivalent of 11% of GDP, up from 9% in 2004/05. “Without a major reduction in public spending, debt will

“...our public servants do important work for South Africa. They are patriots.”

Minister Mboweni ac-

National Treasury said

knowledged the dedica-

government proposes

tion of public servants

growth in the public

who also wanted to con-

service wage bill of 1.8%

tributed to the country’s

in the current year and

economic well-being.

average annual growth

“I must stress that our public servants do

of 0.8% over the 2021 MTEF period.

important work for South

“To achieve these tar-

and interest payments –

Africa. They are patriots.

gets, which are essential

which already consume

They too wish to unbur-

for fiscal sustainability,

continue to accumulate

21 cents of every rand

pandemic rehabilitation,

den our country of debt.

government has not

of main budget revenue

a new consensus will

They want to bequeath

implemented the third

– will crowd out other

need to be forged on

assets, not liabilities, to

year of the 2018 wage


public sector employee

the next generation.”


“Debt stabilisation in-


He said that the

“Furthermore, the Budg-

volves difficult decisions,

“Our compatriots in

civil service cannot be

et Guidelines propose a

with short-term costs for

the private sector have

expected to carry the

wage freeze for the next

the economy and the

made sacrifices and

burden of nation build-

three years to support


even negotiated salary

ing alone.

fiscal consolidation.”

“To partially offset the effect of the spending adjustment, government

cuts to keep businesses afloat.” Over the past five years,

Pay reductions and wage freeze

Additional options that will be explored include harmonising the al-

has weighted the largest

public sector employee

“Consideration should

lowances and benefits

share of reductions to

compensation grew by

be given to the proposal

available to public serv-

Public Sector Manager • November 2020



“To reach the poorest

ants, reconsidering pay

better balance compet-

for wage protection

progression rules and

ing interests on the basis

through the Unem-

South African house-

reviewing occupation-

of fairness, equity and

ployment Insurance

holds, we expanded

specific dispensations.


Fund (UIF).

social protection. Seven

Around R100 billion for

million people accessed

job creation initiatives,

the Temporary Employ-

which will now be

ment Relief Scheme

The next round of wage start soon and work is

Fiscal relief package

underway to formulate

The Minister also pro-

spread over the MTEF.

through the UIF. The

government’s position.

vided an update on

R200 billion for a credit

Special COVID-19 Social

In addition, govern-

negotiations is due to

the major fiscal relief

guarantee scheme.

Relief of Distress grant

ment is coordinating

package of around R500

R20 billion towards

has reached six mil-

work relating to develop-

billion announced by

municipalities to assist

lion people,” noted the

ing a comprehensive

government earlier this

them with COVID-19


public sector remu-

year. This included:

related activities.

The Social Relief of

neration strategy for the

More than R30 billion

R70 billion towards

Distress grant has been

medium- to long-term.

for health and other

emergency tax meas-

extended grant to the

This will include public of-

frontline services.


end of January 2021.

fice bearers, state-owned

Support for vulnerable

companies, public enti-

households which is

cash grants were paid

billion will be allocated in

ties and local govern-

now in excess of R50

to over 22 million people,

this financial year to the



nearly half of the popu-

game-changing employ-

More than R40 billion


ment initiatives champi-

The strategy will seek to


During the lockdown,

The Minister said R12.6

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

oned by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

agricultural sectors. The District Develop-

“Subsidies of R2.2 bil-

finance, in partnership

lion will support the So-

with the private sector.

ment Model will fast-

cial Housing Programme

ble Share is augmented

track infrastructure and

aimed at poor, working

projects in KwaZulu-

by R7 billion to sup-

general socio-economic

South Africans. A further

Natal, such as the

port jobs at fee-paying


R6.7 billion has been

extension of Chief Albert

The revised Division

contractually commit-

Luthuli; and the Western


of Revenue for 2020/21

ted to this programme.

Cape, like Tygerberg and

independent schools.

proposes allocations of

We expect that the total

Klipfontein. There are

R600 million goes to

R806.7 billion to national

investment from this

new proposals for the

employ early childhood

departments, R628.3

programme will be R20

development of more

development and social

billion to provinces and

billion over the next 10

than 12 harbours in the


R139.9 billion to local


Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-

“The Provincial Equita-

public schools and

R2 billion has been allocated to the Working


The Student Housing Programme, worth an

These include hospital

Natal, Northern Cape and Western Cape.

for Fire, Working for Water


and Working for Forests

Turning to the Economic

underway. It will service

that the existing public fi-

initiatives. The rest of

Recovery and Recon-

nearly 300 000 students

nance regulatory frame-

the allocation from the

struction Plan, Minister

a year when complete.

work will be reviewed to

employment initiative

Mboweni said results

The Budget Facility for

unblock infrastructure

is divided between the

were already evident in

Infrastructure will support

investment by govern-

transport, arts, sports

infrastructure, which is at

new projects, includ-


and culture, health and

the centre of the plan.

ing through blended

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

estimated R96 billion, is

The Minister added









Writer: Allison Cooper

Govt flexes buying

power for development, equity


he draft Public Pro-

away with its preferential

Treasury, the draft Bill now

curement Bill aims

point system.

creates a more flexible

The procurement system

suppliers to participate.

to create a single

The current system sees

preferential procurement

outlined in the draft Bill in-

regulatory framework for

tenders valued at less

regime and enables the

corporates categories of

procurement for local,

than R50 million award-

Minister of Finance, after

preference for allocating

national and provincial

ed in terms of the 80/20

consulting with responsi-

contracts and protects

government and state-

preference points system

ble ministers, to prescribe

and advances people

owned entities, to reduce

– in which 80 points are

a framework for preferen-

who were previously dis-

red tape and stamp out

awarded for price and

tial procurement.

advantaged by unfair

corruption in the procure-

20 points for preferences

Once passed into law,

ment system.

based on the bidder’s

the Act will become the

Once passed into law,

broad-based black eco-

only regulatory framework

the Act will ensure that

approved by Cabinet

nomic empowerment

for public procurement

public procurement is

earlier this year and was


and will eliminate the cur-

developmental in nature,

rent fragmented procure-

ensures value for money

ment prescripts.

in the use of public funds

The draft Bill was

published for public

Tenders valued at over


comments. More than

R50 million are awarded

4 500 comments were

based on the 90/10 pref-

One of the primary ob-

and aspires to expand the

received and con-

erence points system –

jectives of the draft Bill is,

productive base of the

solidated, and these are

90 points are awarded

with regard to Section 217


expected to be reviewed

for price and 10 points

of the Constitution, to en-

by the end of the year.

for preferences based on

sure that the state utilises

Once passed into law, it

the bidder’s broad-based

and leverages procure-

Key regulation areas

will repeal the Preferential

black economic empow-

ment to advance eco-

The draft Bill aims to create

Procurement Policy Frame-

erment scorecard.

nomic opportunities for

a single regulatory frame-

previously disadvantaged

work for public procure-

people; women, youth

ment and eliminate frag-

and people with disabili-

mentation in the laws that

ties; and small businesses.

deal with public sector

It will also ensure that

procurement by, among

work Act of 2000 and do

According to National

procurement develops

others, providing:

economic capacity in

• General procurement

South Africa, by providing opportunities for local


requirements. • An enabling framework

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

for preferential procure-

d e v e l o p i n g , p ro m o t -

necessary, as envisaged

tions or in the exercise of


ing and supporting the

in the Act.

his or her power under the

• A Public Procurement

training and professional

The Regulator will moni-

Regulator within the

development of officials

tor the changes effected

Other offences include

National Treasury and

involved in procurement;

and revisions proposed to

opening any sealed bid,

its functions.

and encouraging institu-

the procurement system

including bids submitted

tions to engage procure-

by other organs of state,

through an electronic

ment professionals in their

including the courts and

system, or divulging their

procurement units.

oversight institutions; es-

contents prior to the ap-

The Regulator will be

tablish and maintain reg-

pointed time for the pub-

empowered to review de-

isters for bidders and sup-

lic opening of the bid

• The power to prescribe

cisions made by a provin-

pliers debarred in terms

documents; conniving

different methods of

cial treasury and appoint

of section 22(1); and pro-

or colluding to commit a


members of a Tribunal,

mote the use of technol-

fraudulent, corrupt, collu-

• A framework for supply

which will have the power

ogy in procurement.

sive or obstructive act; or

chain management.

to overturn the award of

The Regulator will have

causing the loss of public

• Infrastructure delivery

a procurement contract.

the power to issue, review

assets or funds as a result

The draft Bill also enables

and amend standard bid

of negligence in the im-

any party dissatisfied with

documents for use by in-

plementation of the Act.

posal of assets.

an order of the Tribunal to

stitutions; establish data

Th o s e w h o c o m m i t

• Dispute resolution

call for a judicial review in

retention and reporting

these offences are liable,


terms of the Promotion of

requirements applicable

on conviction, to a fine

• The repeal and

Just Administrative Justice

to institutions; and issue

or to imprisonment for a


• The functions of provincial treasuries. • Measures to ensure the integrity of the procurement process.

management. • A framework on the dis-

amendment of certain

Act commits an offence.

a directive to declare cer-

term not exceeding 10

Among other things, the

tain procurement prac-

years or to both.

The draft Bill enables the

Regulator must also devel-

tices undesirable, among

establishment of a Public

op and implement mea-


Procurement Regulator

sures to ensure transpar-

within National Treasury,

ency in the procurement

which will ensure that in-

process and promote

Offences under the Act

stitutions comply with the

public involvement in the

Once signed into law, a

do this will result in the

Act and engage in the

procurement policies of

person who knowingly

court issuing an order of

prudent spending of funds


gives false or misleading

confiscation of personal

It can also intervene and

information or evidence

property of the person

It will also guide and

take appropriate steps to

under the Act; interferes

convicted to recover the loss.


for procurement.

In addition, the court m ay o rd e r t h a t t h e amount of loss incurred by the complainant be compensated. Failure to

support officials and in-

address a serious or per-

with or exerts undue influ-

stitutions, to ensure com-

sistent material breach

ence on any official of an

The draft Bill is available

pliance with the Act, by

of the Act by an institu-

institution or member of

on National Treasury’s

providing advice and

tion and reconsider deci-

the Tribunal in the perfor-

website – www.treasury.

assistance to institutions;

sions of institutions, where

mance of his or her func-

Public Sector Manager • November 2020



Writer: More Matshediso

ACSA clears aviation industry for take-off


he aviation indus-

Chief Executive Officer

passenger revenue.

forward. ACSA is the country’s

try has been hard

of Airports Company

hit by the Corona-

of South Africa (ACSA)

airport management

projections indicate

virus (COVID-19) pan-

Mpumi Mpofu says the

company and an entity

that we lost up to 80% of

demic and with hard les-

pandemic has forced

of the Department of

our traffic and revenues

sons learnt, the aviation

the company to rethink


in the first and second

industry in South Africa is

how it provides ser-

now looking to evolve.

vices to clients moving


Mpofu says COVID-19 brought with it a freeze in

“Passenger traffic

month of the lockdown,” explains Mpofu.

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

Although there has

and observe all neces-

on becoming more cost

spread of new infections

been an improvement in

sary health protocols


of COVID-19.

domestic travel recently,

introduced by the De-

Mpofu says it may take about five years for ACSA to recover in international travel. One major lesson ACSA

She says most aircraft

“Public servants also

partment of Health with

manufacturers are now

form a large part of our

regard to curbing the

producing, and the

customer base because

spread of the virus.”

airlines are buying, wide-

they normally fly across

bodied aircraft that are

the country to carry out

able to carry more cargo

their respective duties.”

Preserving jobs

has taken out of the

Despite the challenges

COVID-19 pandemic is

ACSA is dealing with

“This means that

that it should look be-

due to COVID-19, the

we can substantially

Sector in the use of tech-

yond passenger revenue.

company has preserved

increase the amount

nology to make airports

the jobs of all of its more

of cargo that we carry

more efficient.

than 3 000 employees.

because the aircraft are

Previously, the aeronautical part of ACSA’s business was structured

in the under belly.

ACSA also wants to partner with the Public

“We would like to see

“We were able to rede-

designed to carry pas-

the regulators in the

to depend on passenger

ploy some employees to

sengers on board and

Public Sector working

traffic, with limited cargo

assist in the new ar-

cargo in their belly.

with us more efficiently

traffic. The non-aeronau-

rangement of COVID-19

tical part of the business

monitoring of additional

cargo can be much

Industrial Revolution type

concessions also largely

services that are required

more reasonable than

of services to our clients

depended on passenger

throughout our airport

when we have dedi-

and members, such as

traffic, but this had to

operations, according to

cated carriers that are

the deployment of 5G

change this year.

new health protocols.”

more expensive because

facilities in our airports

“What we charge for

to deliver the Fourth

However, ACSA had to

they are dependent on

so that we can be more

diversify our revenues,

extensively cut its capital

the cargo and they do

efficient as well as the

particularly to increase

expenditure programme

not have passengers to

use of regulated drones

our cargo component.”

which will invariably


to deliver goods and

“We had to shift and

However, Mpofu acknowledges that it is important to attract more

result in less jobs created in the future. “In principle, we are not

Public Sector and aviation

services,” she says.

A bumpy take off

travellers to support

allowed to make capital

Mpofu believes that the

Mpofu joined ACSA in

tourism and boost the

investments when we do

Public Sector plays a

February 2020.


not have the traffic that

vital role in assisting the

stimulates the demand.

aviation industry invest in

comfortable knowing

going to be comfortable

Regardless of that

initiatives that will boost

what challenges ACSA

flying again unless they

though, we will be able

the industry.

faced and I was confi-

know that the airport

to stimulate job creation

environment is a safe

in areas such as cargo in

works well with the

what to do to resolve

and healthy one. We will

the future,” she adds.

health sector to manage

them because I was

airports to minimise the

previously associated

“Passengers are not

continue to reinforce

ACSA is also focusing

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

For instance, ACSA

“Upon arrival, I was

dent that I would know



that her experience in

ticated, efficient and

leadership will enable

safest mode of transport.

her to overcome any

“The aviation industry

challenge she may face.

has been the mecha-

“I have had the distinct

nism for globalisation,

advantage of being the

and that is one of the

longest serving DG of the

things I love about it,” she

democratic government


for departments including Housing, Transport, and Secretary for Defence. My final post was as DG of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. That has placed me in leadership positions for about 23 years,” she says. Her extensive experience has enabled her Mpumi Mpofu is the CEO of Airpor ts Company of South Africa.

to build credibility and integrity over the years. “Over the years, I have literally developed the image of being the turn-

with the company as the

was losing revenue

around strategist to solve

former Director-General

as international and

problems in most sectors

(DG) of the Department

domestic travel came

where I served, and,

of Transport.”

to a standstill during the

importantly, succeeded


in doing so,” she says.

Due to her familiarity with the company, she

“We were only allowed

Mpofu’s previous role

did not expect too many

to do repatriations,

as the DG of the Depart-

problems in her new role,

evacuations and cargo.

ment of Transport ex-

but COVID-19 changed

That just changed the

posed her to all modes

all that.

nature of our business.”

of transport. She loves

Despite the unexpect-

her new job because

Before she knew it, Mpofu was presiding

ed take off of her new

she believes that avia-

over a company that

job, Mpofu is confident

tion is the most sophis-


About ACSA ACSA has a mandate to acquire, establish, develop, provide, maintain, manage, operate and control any of the designated airports wherever they are located in South Africa. ACSA operates nine of South Africa’s airports. These are: • O.R. Tambo International • Cape Town International • King Shaka International • Bram Fischer International • Port Elizabeth International • Upington International • East London Airport • George Airport • Kimberley Airport.

Public Sector Manager • November 2020


Writer: Allison Cooper

The beauty of engineering M

echanical engineer Nathaneal Morgan (31) enjoys the often

mind-boggling advances in science and technology and

Mechanical engineer Nathaneal Morgan is making a lasting impact through his work at the South African Radio Astronomy Obser vator y.

is always pleasantly surprised by how seamlessly engineering principles can be applied to almost any situation. Morgan is part of the team working on the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory’s (SARAO) National Ventilator Project (NVP). The team is responsible for reviewing various manufacturing aspects relating to product development. In April, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition mandated SARAO to manage the national effort for the local design, development, production and procurement of respiratory ventilators to support government’s response to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. SARAO was mandated to


Public Sector Manager • November 2020

manage the NVP, based

He is excited by the

SARAO was Morgan’s

the African Very Large

on the experience it

opportunity to showcase

first port of call after leav-

Baseline Interferometry

gained in the develop-

the talent and resource-

ing university.

Network, a programme

ment of complex systems

fulness available in our

for the MeerKAT radio

country to deliver high-

my Bachelor’s degree

the skills and capacity

telescope, a precursor to

quality products at the

and was applying for

needed in SKA African

the world’s largest Square

point of need.

every vacancy I could

partner countries to

find. I was particularly

encourage and optimise

interested in the collabo-

African participation in

rative Young Professionals

related development and

Development Programme


Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

“The progress we have made so far provides

To date, 7 000 non-

“The progress invasive ventilators have been delivered to public we have hospitals across the country. made so far provides Opportunities and responsibili- encouraging ties insight into “This project simultaneously represents a fantaswhat can tic opportunity and an enormous responsibility. be achieved I am proud to be part of when we the team entrusted with the responsibility to enwork towards sure the development of a common such critically important equipment according to goal.” specification. “I feel an added sense

“I had just completed

between the SKA’s Infra-

that aims to develop

Morgan is working

structure South Africa

on a project in which

design consortium and

an existing antenna in

an external engineering

Ghana – previously used


for telecommunications

He explains that expe-

services – has been des-

rienced engineers were

ignated for conversion

available to offer valu-

into a radio telescope.

able consulting services,

The change in func-

while graduates were

tionality imposes a new

incorporated into the pro-

set of requirements

gramme to gain industry

on the structure and

experience and facilitate

control systems, and he

knowledge transfer.

is responsible for the

“This appealed to me.

design, assembly and

I spent my first year at

subsequent utilisation of

SARAO under second-

a Qualification Test Rig.

ment and was offered

“The rig has been built

a permanent contract

at SARAO’s offices in


Cape Town and is being

of satisfaction that my

encouraging insight into

work on hardware for

what can be achieved

radio astronomy applica-

when we work towards

The day job

tions has actively con-

a common goal. We

While part of the NVP

integration of major com-

tributed to the delivery

have the responsibility to

team, Morgan still has

ponents relating to the

of potentially life-saving

strive for excellence with

his ‘day job’, working

conversion. In particular,

medical devices – that’s

integrity; to maximise the

towards the SKA’s deliv-

to improve the positional

the beauty of engineer-

safe utilisation of these


accuracy of the antenna,

ing,” says Morgan.


Public Sector Manager • November 2020

“I work primarily on

used to test the mechanical installation and

which is crucial to track



celestial objects,” he explains. Morgan first heard about the SKA when he was applying for the graduate programme. “I was amazed by the scale, technical requirements and potential impact that a project of this magnitude could have and wanted to be part of the team that delivered it. I also felt that the international collaboration would offer

Thabang Maretela, Nathaneal Morgan and Japie Ludick from SARAO’s mechanical group.

unique opportunities for networking and profes“The increased expo-

close collaboration be-

on complex systems

sure to science, technol-

tween partner countries

invariably requires inputs

ogy, engineering and

provides a perfect op-

from a wide range of

Through his work,

mathematics, and the

portunity to highlight our

stakeholders and do-

Morgan feels like he’s

subsequent develop-

capability to a global

main experts. Similarly,

genuinely contribut-

ment of human capital

audience. The progress

the successful execution

ing towards something

are critically important

that we have made thus

of these projects requires

that will have a lasting

factors in determining

far provides concrete

collaborative input from

impact on the global

the overall success of

evidence of the quality

the entire team.”

scientific community.

the SKA.”

that can be produced in

As the first member

Africa when we work to-

of his family to attend university, Morgan has

sional exposure.”

Lasting impact

“The SKA is a ground-

From an African

breaking build, the

perspective, Morgan

wards a common goal.”

products of which could

says it’s important to

When asked about his

fundamentally change

showcase our talent and

greatest career mile-

strides in his career to

our understanding of the

resourcefulness in being

stone, Morgan says he

date. As for the future,

universe,” he says.

able to deliver these

doesn’t think the nature

he hopes to continue

instruments, thereby

of his work lends itself to

his development as a

vastly knowledgeable

increasing further invest-

individual accolades.

critical thinker and use

and capable team,

ment opportunities in

which enables him to

our country.

Morgan is part of a

enhance and diversify his skills as an engineer.


“All of my professional

made considerable

his acquired skills and

accomplishments are

experiences to make

“The scale of this pro-

steeped in team effort

impactful contributions

ject is immense and the

and success. Our work

to society.

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Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

Calling all experienced public servants – your expertise is needed


tion with the official to limit the impact of the official’s absence on the delivery of their core responsibilities and will confirm the duration and location of sessions in writing, with expressed consent from their supervisors,” said the NSG.

re you an expe-

across the Public Sector,

ment will greatly benefit

rienced public

the NSG seeks to draw

from training that is de-

the releasing depart-

servant and an

and deploy this experi-

livered by knowledge-

ment or organisation

expert in your field? If you

ence as part of meas-

able, experienced and

for the official’s travel,

are, then the National

ures designed to build

ethical serving public

accommodation and

School of Government

an ethical and capable

servants,” said the Min-

subsistence costs.

(NSG) is looking for you

state,” said the NSG.


so that you can share

Public servants

The NSG will reimburse

If you are interested

The training and

in helping government

your knowledge with oth-

selected to be part of

mentorship will be done

build an ethical and

ers in the Public Service.

the initiative will receive

through face-to-face

capable state, complete

The NSG has invited

training before they train

and virtual sessions,

the Expression of Interest

and mentor others.

online seminars, training

to Deliver ETD Interven-

workshops and thought

tions on behalf of the

public servants to enlist as trainers and mentors

“Interested officials will

to deliver education,

be rigorously screened

leadership platforms

National School of Gov-

training and develop-

and assessed to ensure

as well as through the

ernment form.

ment (ETD) interventions

that they have the

mentoring and coach-

in their areas of exper-

requisite subject matter

ing of other public

form can be requested


expertise and relevant


by sending an e-mail

The NSG’s mandate has been expanded to

Public Sector experience,” it said.

Those who conduct

A PDF version of the

to etd.applications@

the ETD training and or ob-

mentoring on behalf

tained electronically

provide ETD in the three

Public Service and

spheres of government,

Administration Minister

of the NSG will do


state-owned entities and

Senzo Mchunu has

so for eight days per


other organs of State.

written to departments

financial year. They will

Alternatively, contact

requesting them to re-

not receive additional

the NSG’s Chief Director:

demands of this ex-

lease qualifying officials

remuneration beyond

Middle Management De-

panded mandate, and

to become trainers and

their current conditions

velopment, Soria Arendt,

recognising the exper-


of service.

at 012 441 6131 or at

“In order to meet the

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Writer: Allison Cooper

Daphney's dream explodes into life


t the age of 10,

She encourages

Daphney Gada

women to acknowledge

knew she wanted

their worth and right

to serve and protect her

to equality both in the

country, just like her po-

workplace and at home.

liceman father had done diligently every day. Today, at the age of 41,

“Love and respect yourself. Draw courage from the women who

she is a Lieutenant-Colo-

have gone before you,

nel in the South African

even if you feel scared

Police Service (SAPS).

of venturing into a chal-

She is a mother capable

lenging environment.

of tender touches and

“It is our responsibility

also a no-nonsense

as women to face and

bomb technician capa-

challenge our fears;

ble of handling explo-

speak to other women

sive situations.

who have walked the

Based at the Explosives

path that you want to

Division in Pretoria, Gada

follow and have faith

says that South African

and belief in yourself.”

women need to find

She believes that the

ways to combat the cul-

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ture of patriarchism that

pandemic is testing

is perpetuating gender-

even the strongest of

based violence.

women and says that


Daphney Gada is no stranger to explosive situations.

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

following the practical

worked as a hostess

dignitaries are to gather

before joining the SAPS

guidelines given by

for two luxury coach

are safe.

and although there

government and staying

operations. An advert in

calm and informed will

a newspaper calling for

include being part of

me not to have more

help them stay safe and

police recruits provided

one of the specialised

children, I decided to

emotionally strong.

the springboard needed

sections in the SAPS

wait to expand my fam-

to kickstart her dream.

that ensured the safety

ily until I had finished

of the 2010 FIFA World


When it comes to fight-

“Highlights of my job

was no pressure on

ing the virus, she and

“I applied and was

her colleagues at the

called for an interview,

Cup, inaugurations

bomb squad – as it is

psychometric test and

of the Presidents and

two came along, she

commonly called – are

physical assessment,”

important summits and

completed a Bachelor

on the frontlines. It is

she says.


of Policing Practice

Before child number

their job to decontami-

Before long, she found

When she joined the

nate any SAPS buildings

herself at the SAPS Train-

Explosives Division, she

where people have

ing Academy. A new,

was the only woman in

“Now, every chance I

tested positive for the

exciting chapter in her

the team but says she

get to be home, I make


life was about to begin.

was always treated with

sure that I spend qual-

respect and quickly felt

ity time with my family,

at home.

playing with the kids,

“Bomb technicians are

“I started off at the

trained in chemical bio-

bottom as a trainee

logical and radiological

and worked in the Cli-

counter measures and

degree and a number of SAPS courses.

Gada remembers an

baking and cooking.”

ent Service Centre and

amusing moment when

Gada was raised in

responding to public

the K9 unit – where I

a man told her she

Krugersdorp in the West

health emergencies

was trained as a dog

would not be able to be

Rand and says money

such as the Coronavirus

handler, before moving

a dog handler because

was always tight, espe-

is one of our mandates,”

to the Explosives Section

her voice was too soft. “I

cially after her parents

she explains.

where I was trained as

soon proved the notion


a bomb technician and

wrong,” she recalls.

Progression through the ranks

an inspector of explosives.” Gada’s job consists

Balancing work and family

However, she was fortunate to have many strong women to inspire her, includ-

Although she had

mainly of enforcing

Gada’s commitment

ing her grandmother,

always wanted to be a

the Explosives Act and

to her career is evident

mother, sisters and

crime-fighter, Gada only

attending to explosives

in the age difference

aunts. “They taught me,

got her foot in the door

at various scenes. She

between her three

amongst other things,

in 2004, when she was in

takes pride in being

children, who are 17, six

to be strong and to love

her mid-20s.

counted on to ensure

and one.

and respect myself and

Prior to that, she

that places where

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

“I had my firstborn

other women," she says.



Writer: Dale Hes

Limpopo looks towards recovery I

n the opening phases

Screening teams

was focused on utilising

nities and know the area

of South Africa’s fight

The province focused

the services of people

well. None of our people

against the Coronavi-

on a holistic approach,

who had strong ties to

have been rejected by

rus (COVID-19) pandem-

deploying more than 10

their communities to

the communities,” said

ic, Limpopo emerged as

000 people to conduct

build trust and create a

the MEC.

a province that would

household screening,

more effective response

Despite some flare-ups

urgently take the steps

including community

strategy on the ground.

in areas such as mines,

needed to control the

healthcare workers, HIV

spread of the virus.

counsellors, mother

into the screening drive

recorded any major hot-

Despite having less

mentors, peer educators,

was given a target of 10

spots for the virus, and

resources than larger,

condom distributors and

households a day, and

the number of cases has

wealthier provinces,

people working for non-

the average household

remained low. In addi-

Limpopo led the pack

governmental organisa-

had between five to

tion to screening, the

early on in terms of com-


seven people living in it.

Limpopo Department

“Each person recruited

the province has not

munity screening and

Limpopo Health MEC

“These are people who

mobilising healthcare

Dr Phophi Ramathuba

know the commu-

services to deal with a

said that the

through the establish-

surge in cases.


ment of new testing labs.

In early November,

of Health also bolstered its healthcare system

Limpopo accounted for

High-tech lab

just 2.4% of all COVID-19

In July, the Limpopo

cases in the country,

Department of Health

making it the province with the least

unveiled a high-tech R10 million testing lab at the De Beers Venetia

number of

Mine in Musina. The lab


has played a vital role in the diagnostic testing processes of COVID-19 for employees, contractors and communities,


Public Sector Manager • November 2020

being able to analyse at

riculture and tourism sec-

least 80 tests per day. This includes test samples

“The Lebowakgomo

Work is also beginning

tors will be at the centre

Chicken Abattoir is in

on the establishment of

of the province’s recov-

its full implementation,

a second SEZ – the Fetak-

from other hospitals and

ery plans. This includes

which will, among other

gomo-Tubatse Special

health facilities in the

the identification of agro-

things, result in revitali-

Economic Zone – which


processing projects that

sation of several broiler

will focus on the process-

require revitalisation.

production projects. This

ing of the province’s rich

“Through an inter-

will create 500 direct jobs

platinum resources.

De Beers’ Mpumi Zikala said that it was important for the private sector

governmental approach,

to play its role in the fight

the provincial govern-

against COVID-19.

ment is working with all

within the value chain.

The Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ has a pipeline of pro-

district municipalities

Special Economic Zones

government's efforts

to identify mega agro-

Mining and manufactur-

to reduce the impact

processing projects that

ing will also be areas of

The provincial govern-

of COVID-19, and we

require revitalisation. The

foucs through projects

ment has set aside R3.5

are proud to work

Tshakhuma packhouse

such as the Musina

billion to mitigate against

alongside the Limpopo

in the Vhembe District

Makhado Special Eco-

the impact of COVID-19

government, community

will be revitalised through

nomic Zone (SEZ).

on the economy and the

leaders and our various

partnerships with the

partners in providing

private sector,” said MEC

beneficiating our mineral

Limpopo Socio-Econom-

necessary support to the


resources of chrome,

ic Recovery Plan.

“We fully support the

vulnerable members of

Plans are afoot to

“This SEZ is aimed at

coal, iron ore, manga-

jects to the tune of R25 billion and is projected to create 8 000 jobs.

population, under the

“The larger proportion

our society during these

pursue options to oper-

nese and vanadium

of the provincial govern-

challenges times.”

ate a livestock abattoir

locally. Engineering de-

ment funding is allocat-

in the Waterberg District.

signs for the northern site

ed to the social cluster,

These interventions will

of this SEZ are complete

which is health, educa-

open up opportunities

and initial bulk infra-

tion and social develop-

The Limpopo Provincial

to small-scale farmers to

structure construction is

ment, and R500 million

Government has now

access markets, and cre-

expected to start in the

has been set aside to

placed its focus on

support economic re-

Comprehensive recovery plan

ate jobs within the sector.

first quarter of 2020/21.”

developing detailed eco-

Feasibility studies and

Industrial parks being

nomic recovery plans for

bankable business plans

rolled out in other dis-

the province.

have been completed

tricts are also expected

covery in the short term,” said the MEC. All industries, business

MEC for Economic

on seven mega land

to attract around R75 mil-

formations and organ-

Development, Environ-

reform projects in the

lion worth of investment

ised labour in the prov-

ment and Tourism Thabo

Vhembe and Waterberg

and create over

ince were consulted over

Mokone said that the ag-


2 600 jobs.

the recovery plan.

Public Sector Manager • November 2020



Culture no excuse for abuse

Writer: More Matshediso


outh Africans need

puberty so that we instil

to display boldness

in him the better notion

in the fight against

of masculinities that are

gender-based violence

underpinned by respect

and femicide (GBVF) and

for women and sanctity of

child abuse by taking a

life and dignity for all,” she

stand against cultural


practices that perpetuate this type of violence. This is the view of the

added that GBV affects

Minister Reginah Mhaule

women disproportionately

who was speaking during

in a systematic way as it

a recent webinar aimed

is deeply entrenched in

at exploring the role of

the workplace, societal

culture in child protection

institutions such as

and the prevention of

churches, different cultures


and traditions.

The webinar reflected on

“As a society, we need

the aspects of culture that

a new value system that

make it difficult for South

puts women’s health,

Africa to succeed in its

comfort and lives at the

efforts to protect women

centre of our humanity.” She said cultural practices that enable men to

violation and abuse. “GBV is a man-made

assume that they are en-

problem. For it to stop,

titled to women's bodies

men must rediscover what

also need to be dealt with

makes them human – [that they are] born


The Deputy Minister

Basic Education Deputy

and children from sexual

“As a society, we need a new value system that puts women’s health, comfort and lives at the centre of our humanity.”

New value system

of a woman. Our common humanity binds us

as part of the broader nation-building effort. “As a country, we must take firm and decisive action to rid our country of all vestiges of apartheid:

together. “We must

racism, sexism, classism,

reach out

homophobia and bigotry

to the boy

of any kind that is inimi-

child before

cal to the values of our



Public Sector Manager • November 2020

Oppression and protection

because most cultural

realised that they are not

had indigenous systems

groups are led by men

strong, and are in fact

that allow families to

Speaking to PSM, Nom-

who would also have to

fragile, she added.

function in a way that is

bulelo Shange, a sociol-

admit that they are either

ogy lecturer at the Univer-

complacent or guilty

ways to regain their

bers. For example, uncles

sity of the Free State,

when it comes to abuses

power by dominating

would play father-figure

explained that within the

against women and

those who are ‘weaker’

roles in the lives of chil-

various cultural identi-


than them.

dren who are fatherless,

“They often then seek

beneficial to their mem-

ties that people identify

Shange believes that

with or belong to, there

the best way to protect

power in learning to ac-

not harm his family,” he

are different rules and

women and children is

cept fragility and asking


standards that come

not only to draft laws and

for help from other men,

together in contradicting

'verbally' support them,

your family and com-

and principles of culture

ways that both oppress

but to also empower

munity who love and

are sometimes misinter-

and protect women and

them enough so that

support you.”

preted and misused to

children. Shange, who has published research articles on gender, Afri-

“There is so much

and a true father would

However, gender roles

suppress children and

they can protect them-

Given the many chal-

selves when confronted

lenges in life, it is impos-

women’s rights, and this

by abuse.

sible for anyone to be

should be addressed.

She added that cultural

strong all the time, she

According to Ramoloto,

can traditional religion

and religious groups are

and decoloniality, said:

also failing to protect

“This idea of strength

“Some of the aspects of

women and children

comes from dangerous

transform society to be

different cultures that op-

because it would mean

patriarchal norms. Men

more loving, caring,

press women are those

admitting current and

need to normalise being

respectful and free of

that revolve around the

past wrong doings,

fragile and sharing their


protection of patriarchal

which would threaten the

weaknesses with each

masculinities often at the

'purity' facade that these

other and building each

the culture of men

expense of women.

groups build their beliefs

other back up again.”

respecting children and

“However, there are parts of culture that also



Values of Ubuntu

culture can be used to instil values that can

“We need to reinforce

women in our society in order to deal with the

children that we need to

Embracing fragility


Shange called on men

cultures are built on the

“Men need to unlearn

to reject the notion that

values of Ubuntu, which

the sense of entitlement,

almost no effort between

they must be strong at

he describes as loving,

dominance and ruler-

different cultural groups

all times. Much of the vio-

courteous, sympathetic,

ship over women and

to mobilise and work to-

lence inflicted on women

caring and warm in

children because that

gether to protect women.

and children emanates


is where many social ills

protect women and

She added that there is

“I suspect that this is

from men who have

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

Social worker Mpho

challenge of GBVF and

Ramoloto said African

children abuse.

“Africans have always

come from,” he added.


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*Writer: Matita Tshabalala

Managing resources during a pandemic


technology has

Embracing technology

to the new ways of doing

mechanical equipment

brought many

The importance of

business. The Achilles

powered by harnessing

divergent views from all

technology has been

heel for many organisa-

water and steam.

walks of life.

elevated by the Coronavi-

tions is, and has been,

he advent of

ing it difficult to “migrate”

with the advancement of

In 1870 the Second

rus (COVID-19) pandem-

a lack of resources to

Industrial Revolution was

that technology will

ic the world is currently

achieve set performance

defined by electricity, new

replace human beings,

grappling with. Those


capabilities in mass pro-

while others remain

who loathed technol-

adamant that we will

ogy have had to learn to

know it today does not re-

continue to be in charge

embrace it.

semble that of the 1970s,

Some are of the view

and never be threatened by technology.

Organisations have

The workplace as we

duction and the division of labour and new jobs. The year 1969 ushered

1980s and 1990s. It is a

in the Third Industrial

changed the way they

world filled with surprises,

Revolution. A new form

conduct their businesses.

fragmented and full of

of nuclear energy was

those that are neutral –

For some, transition has

paradoxes that requires

being explored; transis-

they see technology and

been smooth while oth-

not only the understand-

tors and microprocessors

human beings collabo-

ers have had to put some

ing of how it functions

gave rise to electronics,


extraordinary measures in

but also how all parts of

new materials were being

place to make the transi-

the system relate to one

created and space ex-

tion less impactful.


ploration and biotechnol-

Interestingly, there are

There is no denying that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has transformed the workplace.

Some have succeeded while others are still find-

The First Industrial Revolution happened in 1784,

ogy were supported by telecommunications and computers. The following decade (1980-1990) brought about an exceptional cluster of technological advances which irreversibly transformed our life and the world of work. Today we are in the 4IR, which is defined by virtual reality systems. Work is increasingly driven


Public Sector Manager • November 2020

and executed using our

and at the most, better

the disruption to skills

ing and directing the

minds and less so by us-

predict future trends.

within occupations, jobs,

future needs of business,

ing our physical strength.

Individuals, organi-

families and industries.

organisations will be

In different industries

in a better position to

Skill sets

sations and governments need to harness

and sectors, there are

improve their knowledge

Some industries have

their ability to urgently

skills shortages. This has

of anticipated skills and

disappeared while others

respond to these chal-

been exacerbated by the

recruitment needs.

are fully automated. The

lenging demands to seize

pandemic. Skills stability

impact goes all the way

opportunities brought

measure will enable our

down to actual skill sets

about by the advent of

understanding of how

Collective wisdom

that are increasingly re-


opportunities and losses

Partnerships between

will be distributed across

government, businesses,

the job markets.

educational institutions

quired and those that are becoming obsolete.

This will also mitigate potential negative impacts that may arise. The

It is now more than

our midst and, in some

reality is that we are deal-

ever important to use

ed to better manage

instances, in charge of

ing with a moving target

our understanding of

the impact of the 4IR on

our modern lifestyle, we

that is moving too fast.

available skills develop-

business and the labour

ment strategies solely on


With technology in

are required to adjust requisite technological

Upskilling human resources


and align ourselves with

restructuring, renewal, re-

and employees is need-

Just as technology itself

evaluation and redeploy-

is interconnected and

We need to catch up

ment of skills in a new

integrated, the response

with the upskilling of our

and unprecedented way.

to this impact must be

are different from those

own people – the human

This opens opportuni-

collaborative, multidis-

of yesteryears. And with

resources we currently

ties both in the short- and

ciplinary and intercon-

changes in skills require-


long-term, and requires


The skills required today

ments, the availability

Affected organisations,

In the world we live in,

interdisciplinary and in-

of new skills as we have

technology and artificial

terindustry collaboration

companies and govern-

seen, is becoming in-

intelligence have be-

to enable transfer and

ment - whether directly

creasingly scarce.

come a major beneficial

restructuring of new skill

or indirectly impacted by

driver of change and

categories and sets that

COVID-19, must put their


will enable talent acquisi-

collective wisdom to-

tion and utilisation in a

gether and come up with

new way.

a coherent plan to tackle

The pace at which change happens remains one of the critical

Those given the respon-

factors of how resources

sibility to manage our

are managed in an or-

human resources should

ganisational setting.

Recovering skills from

the challenges brought

be the first to map a

declining industries and

about by this revolution.

trajectory and strategy for

packaging them with

ity to adapt, adjust and

changing and future jobs

new skills will serve the

implement on an urgent

and skills in organisations.

emerging industry sectors

basis, the changes in our

A new measure called

This challenges our abil-

operations so that we are

skills stability has been

able to remain relevant

introduced to ascertain

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

and businesses of the future. By assessing, evaluat-

*Matita Tshabalala is a qualified organisational and aviation psychologist. He works for Air Traffic and Navigation Services as a human factors specialist.











Writer: Allison Cooper

Make your money go further this festive season


he festive season is

and entertaining and

struggling to man-

of you after the festive

around the corner

stick to it. Remember

age your debt. It is

season. Ask yourself

but many public

that your regular

especially helpful if

what makes money

servants have had to

expenses, such as rent

you want to simplify

sense before getting

tighten their belts due

and bond repayments

your credit by set-

caught up in the fes-

to the tough economic

remain during Decem-

tling other debt and

tive spending frenzy.

ber and January.

turning several loan

Write down a list of

payments into one

is for festive season

through the holidays and

everyone you want to

cost-effective pay-

expenses, stick to it.

enter 2021 with some

buy presents for and


Don’t be tempted to

money in the bank and

write ideas of what

Avoid spending

dip into your savings.

your pocket, here are

to get them next to

money you don’t

some clever financial tips

their names. Don’t be

have. Buying on credit

Start 2021 right

from African Bank’s Head

tempted to buy extras.

costs more.

The only way to get on

climate. To ensure you get

Whatever your plan

There’s nothing wrong

top of your finances is to

Value Proposition Neil

shop around and

with being moder-

make a budget at the


compare prices.

ate. It’s been a tough

start of the year and stick

Buy small and signifi-

few years for con-

to it.

your money go further

cant gifts, rather than

sumers and prices


large and lavish ones.

aren’t going to drop

budget properly and

Consider debt con-

anytime soon. There is

sticking to a budget is

solidation if you are

a whole year ahead

a discipline that every-

of Product and Customer

His top-tips to make

Work out a budget for gifts, holidays, meals


Do your research,

“Learning how to

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

one should learn,” says Thompson. “A budget should make provision for the here and now, but also

Financial goal setting

setting a portion of your

suit or car may seem

is the next step. Make

salary aside may seem

like a good idea now,

a list of your short- and

impossible, especially

you may have to spend

long-term goals.

during these times,

months or years paying

sacrificing a few luxuries

it off. This can affect your

“Think about things

include room for future

like growing your family,

now will yield fruitful

cumulative savings. To

goals, like retirement or

education, planning for


ensure that you can

education. How well you

holidays, savings needs

manage your money

etc. Determine when

and payments now will

you want to reach your

Saving for the future

determine your future

goals and how long

Thompson’s tips for sav-

vital to stick to your

financial wellbeing.”

you will need to save.

ing for the future include

goals. Do you dream of

Make sure your goals

understanding what

buying your own home,

make a list of your

are realistic, achievable

you’re working with.

pursuing your studies or

monthly expenses and

and measurable,” says

debt repayments. Then


To draw up a budget,

draw up an income list.

Start now to make

For example, do you have one salary or

save, you must practice the art of saying ‘no’. Thompson says it is

starting a family? If you’re looking for mo-

are you combining

tivation to save, decide

Deduct your expenses

2021 easier financially.

two salaries from two

on a financial goal and

from your income to see

“Make debt repayments.

people? Once you have

stick to it. Not only will

what you have left over

The quicker you pay

drawn up your budget,

this ensure that you find

or if there is a shortfall.

off your debt, the less

determine what you can

the motivation to save, it

interest you pay. Get

save. Saving 10% of your

will also ensure that you

money left, it may be

strategic and work out

net salary is an ideal

stick to your goals to

time to cut back on

a debt repayment plan.

starting point.

achieve a quicker result.

luxury items you don’t

If you need help, ask an

need. If you have ad-


“If you don't have

ditional income, use it to try and pay off debt.”

He also advises to live

You should also plan

like you’re earning less.

for impulsive spending.

It is also important

If you set aside 10% of

While saving is impera-

to start saving. “While

your earnings as sav-

tive to ensure a more

ings, you will need to live

stable financial future,

like you’re earning 10%

impulsive spending


does happen.

While it might require

Public Sector Manager • November 2020

Taking ownership of

some sacrifice, living

the fact that spontane-

a more frugal lifestyle

ous spending does hap-

now will ensure financial

pen will ensure that you


set aside a small sum

It is also important

of money, allowing you

to practice the art of

wiggle room in which to

saying ‘no’. While a new

enjoy life as it happens.



Source: KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health

How to get chronic pain to back off

Tips to ease the pain Lifestyle changes can help you to manage and prevent lower back pain. Having a healthy lifestyle may make you less likely to suffer an accidental injury too. The six tips below can help ease back pain and prevent back pain in the first place. • Exercise: Regular exercise helps build strength and control body weight. • Diet: Make sure your diet includes enough calcium and vitamin D, as these are needed for bone health. A healthy diet also helps to control body weight. • Lift heavy objects the right way: Be sure to squat when lifting heavy objects, so that your hips and knees do most of the work. Keep the load close to your chest when you lift. • Bed: You should have a mattress that keeps your spine straight and supports the weight of your shoulders and butt. • Stretch often: Doing the same thing every day can tire your muscles, which makes them


easier to strain. Stretch regularly to help improve he challenges

Fortunately, lower back

of the Coronavi-

pain often gets better on

rus (COVID-19)

its own. When it doesn’t,

circulation in those muscles and lower the risk of back pain and damage. • Improve your posture: Poor posture can put unnecessary pressure and strain on your spine.

pandemic and lockdown

there are effective treat-

restrictions have led to a

ments, such as stay-

lack of physical activity

ing active and taking

that has made people

painkillers. However, some

more at risk of back pain.

people will need medi-

Almost everyone has

cal treatment, such as

ing pain that can

pain, if due to strain or

lower back pain at some

manual therapy, mas-

travel to the leg and

misuse, are usually short-

point in their lives. The

sage, mobilisation or


lived, but can last for

lower back, which starts

spinal manipulation.

below the ribcage, is

Back pain can have

called the lumbar region.

various symptoms, includ-

Pain in this area can be


intense and is one of the

• A dull aching sensa-

top causes of missed work.


tion in the lower back. • A stabbing or shoot-

Over time, this can lead to pain and damage. A good chair for working should have good back support, arm rests and a swivel base.

• Not being able to

days or weeks. Back pain

stand up straight

is chronic when symp-

without pain.

toms have been present

• A decreased range of

for longer than three

motion and less abil-

months. It’s then advis-

ity to flex the back.

able to see a doctor.

The symptoms of back

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Olive tapenade crunch lamb cutlets served with olive, fig and baby mozzarella salad

from different countries,

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(Serves 2)

courtesy of Christine

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Capendale from the kids

from Greece, Italy and


cooking show Disney


• 4 trimmed lamb cutlets


ake a taste trip around the world with these

Cookabout. Widen your cooking repertoire with

(chops) • 15ml olive tapenade • 50ml flour • 2 eggs (beaten) • 150ml breadcrumbs • 15g finely grated parmesan cheese • Salt and pepper for

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cheese together and place on a plate. Coat the lamb cutlets

• 30ml reduced fat cream or low-fat plain yoghurt

with flour, shake off the

• 5ml honey

excess flour and then dip

• 120g small cherry

in the egg mixture. Coat

tomatoes (use yellow,

the lamb cutlets with the

green and red cherry

breadcrumb mixture. Heat 15ml olive oil in a frying pan on medium

tomatoes if available) • 5ml chopped Italian parsley

heat and cook the lamb

• 5ml chopped basil

cutlets for about five min-

• 200g whole wheat

utes on each side. Drain on a paper towel. While the lamb cutlets

penne pasta (cooked) • 20ml basil pesto

cook, make the salad by


combining the figs, salad

Pour 10ml olive oil into

leaves, olives, avocado

a small saucepan and

slices and the boccon-

add the garlic. Fry for a

cini cheese. Drizzle 5ml


olive oil and the balsam-

Add the chopped red

ic vinegar over the salad.

onion and cook at gentle heat for a few minutes

Penne pasta with Napolitana sauce and burst cherry tomatoes

until the onions are soft.

(Serves 2)

season with a little salt

Ingredients: seasoning only • 20ml olive oil • 120g baby figs (halved)

and sliced) • 7.5 ml reduced balsamic vinegar

lid on saucepan) for five

(crushed) • 30g finely chopped red

Spread the olive tap-

• 20ml tomato paste

• 90g bocconcini

enade evenly over the

• 200ml chopped toma-

• ½ avocado (peeled

Mix the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan

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the honey.

• 1 garlic clove

• 60g kalamata olives


and pepper. Then add Cook the sauce (with

Method lamb cutlets.

chopped tomato and

• 15ml olive oil

• 20g baby salad leaves

cheese (baby

Add the tomato paste,


toes • Salt and pepper for seasoning

minutes on low heat. Remove from the heat and add cream/yoghurt. Heat 5ml olive oil in a frying pan and add cherry tomatoes. Cook them until they burst and turn golden at the



to the cooked tomato sauce.


Serve on the cooked whole wheat penne pasta. Top with the basil pesto.


(Serves 2)

lime juice and honey

• 15ml lime or lemon juice

Mix the fish sauce, together, and then set aside. Heat a frying pan on high heat and add 10ml of oil. Add the

• 10ml honey

chilli and meat and

• 20ml oil

stir fry until the meat is

• Half red chilli

cooked and browned.


Remove from the pan

• 150g lean rump or sirloin – cut into thin strips

and keep aside. Lower the heat and then add the rest of the

• 60ml spring onions

oil. Add the spring onions, corn, mange tout

(sliced) • 80g chopped baby

peas and red pepper. Stir fry for two minutes.

corn • 60g sliced mange

Add the rice noodles, meat and the mixture

tout peas • 40g red pepper (cut

of fish sauce, lime juice and honey. Cook for

into strips) • 50g rice noodles (soaked in hot water

one minute. In a separate pan,

for 10 minutes and

make a very thin pan-


cake with the beaten

• 40ml fresh coriander

egg. Cut it into strips and add to the pad


thai just before serving.

• 30g toasted, edges. Season with salt

(parsley & basil) with the

chopped cashew

and pepper.

cherry tomatoes and



garnish • Lime wedges for

Pad thai noodles with beef and cashew nuts

• 15ml fish sauce

then add the tomatoes

• Fresh coriander for



Mix the chopped herbs

• Salt and pepper for

Garnish with fresh coriander and lime

• 1 egg (lightly beaten)


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C5 Aircross

ing, folding and reclining

The unique and asser-

rear seats, and best-in-

tively designed Citroën

class boot space. There’s

C5 was launched to re-

space inside for five,

spond to the global rise

with the variable boot

in SUV interest. The new

size, thanks to the three,

C5 Aircross SUV is the

individual sliding/reclin-

most comfortable model

ing seats in the rear. The

ay the name

ment, Citroën has always

in its segment, thanks to

boot size starts at 520l

Citroën and the

been a joy to behold in

the Citroën Advanced

and expands to 720l.

first thought that

a sector that preferred

Comfort® programme,


Progressive Hydraulic

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comes to mind is ec-

centric. These amazing

With the introduction of

The new C5 Aircross is

Cushions® suspension

and high-performance

French vehicles have

two SUVs – the C3 and

and advanced comfort

1.6 THP petrol engine,

always been known for

C5 Aircross – Citroën

seats. Hydraulic buffers

coupled to Citroën’s

their unusual style that

has shown that it can

at either end of the sus-

EAT6 automatic gearbox.

oozes character and

do for SUVs what it has

pension setup have all

The turbo-charged motor


successfully done for its

but eliminated bounce

pushes out 121kW and

sedans – design cars

from the car’s drive.

240Nm. On the road,

From the early days of the avant-garde Pallas to

that are not just practi-

The C5 also boasts

the four-cylinder engine

the many versions of the

cal, but stand out from

unrivalled modularity

delivers adequate per-

DS and now the SUV seg-

the herd.

with three individual slid-

formance without being


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ened responsiveness and controlled fuel consumption and emissions. It is available with a 1.2 PureTech 81kW engine, which is coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox for maximum driving pleasure and comfort. If you want something trendy and don’t mind being noticed for your spectacular or obtrusive. Fuel consumption works

that make life easier.

and large wheels. Able

spunky choice in cars,

to venture out of the city,

any Citroën should be

out to under 10km per

with 16” alloy wheels

the C3 Aircross is ideal

on your shortlist. With de-


with the option of stylish

for urban adventure,

preciation values, parts

17-inch diamond-effect

shopping excursions or

back-up and customer-

aluminium wheels on the

sports, leisure and out-

care fully addressed, the

Shine model.

door activities.

brand now offers greater

C3 Aircross Inspired by the C-Aircross concept car presented

The C3 Aircross is fitted

The interior design

The C3 Aircross is

at the Geneva Motor

of the C3 Aircross is

available with PureTech

Show 2017 and featuring

inspired by a number of

three-cylinder engine

classic Citroën design

worlds, including those

equipped with the latest

cues, the new C3 Aircross

of furniture and fashion.

technologies for height-

brings a breath of fresh

The emphasis is on pure

air to the compact

lines, protective forms

SUV segment. Outside,

and meticulous finishes.

it stands out with its

The interior is home

unique body styling

to harmonious work on

which gives it an asser-

colours and materials.

tive personality.

The door panel de-

Inside, it innovates

on the steering wheel

part of the Citroën Ad-

and air vents, and the

vanced Comfort® pro-

seat upholstery create

gramme for enhanced

a singular, lounge-like

spaciousness, modular


Firmly contemporary,

Technical information provided by Citroën SA.


C3 Aircross

C5 Aircross


1.2l Turbo

1.6l Turbo










Service plan

Five-year/100 000km

Five-year/100 000 km

signs, touches of colour

through its comfort as

design and brightness.


The C3 Aircross is also very much an SUV in

the new C3 Aircross is

terms of driving pleasure

eminently connected

and handling, dominat-

and equipped with a

ing the road with its

range of technologies

raised ground clearance

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