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November 2014

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Regulars 14

Conversations with leaders Minister Rob Davies plugs away at turning the country’s economy into a major global player

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Profiles in leadership Chief of the SA Army Lieutenant-General Vusi Masondo talks war and peace

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Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips

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Upcoming events A look at local and international events for your diary and information

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Women in the Public Sector Head of Communications of the Women Ministry Kenosi Setlhako Machepa is a voice that won’t be silenced

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Trailblazer Londiwe Ngcobo digs deep as the country’s first female dredge master

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Aerial view Public Service and Administration pursues excellence

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

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International relations President Zuma champions development at the United Nations General Assembly

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Do you believe it takes a nation to raise a child?

Raise Your Hand is an ongoing SABC initiative that calls on all South Africans to take part in the education of our country’s children. Based on the premise that each of us can make a difference in our own communities, no matter how small and once that action gathers momentum, we improve our country’s outlook, one future leader at a time. Maybe it is donating books. Or devoting a few hours a month to someone who needs help understanding something you grasped easily. Maybe it’s painting a blackboard or fixing part of a broken school bus. There are thousands of ways to help, not all of them academic, but all invaluable. Please do what you can and share it on facebook or on twitter using #raiseyourhand and your efforts could be featured on SABC radio or TV. Visit raiseyourhand.co.za for more ideas on how you can get involved. Visit our facebook page, www.Facebook.com/RaiseYourHandSA. You can also contact us on email address, raiseyourhand@sabc.co.za


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Provincial focus KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Belinda Scott puts the brakes on excessive spending

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Taking stock of departments’ performance Management Performance Assessment Tool shows improvement in how government organises itself

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Public Sector Manager Forum Limpopo MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture Nandi Ndalane is on a mission to build more libraries in the province

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Industrial Development Zones Government zones in on job creation and investment

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Financial fitness Staying safe with your personal 'treasury'

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Public Sector appointments Who's new on Persal

Transparency and accountability key to an improved Public Service An accountable and transparent Public Service is needed to improve the lives of South Africans, says Public Service Commission Chairperson Ben Mthembu

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Book Reviews Page through new insights on leadership

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Space science and technology the way of the future South Africa's efforts to improve the competitiveness of the economy and citizens’ quality of life are out of this world

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Financial Disclosure Framework compliance Do you have anything to declare?

Features 54

Government embraces the “internet of things” The Public Service moves with the times as it sets its sights on going digital

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Celebrating 20 years of the rights of people with disabilities National Disability Rights Awareness Month puts the spotlight on SA’s efforts to promote the rights of people with disabilities

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Back to basics for local government Presidential Local Government Summit urges improved service delivery

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Take a stand against violence 16 Days of Activism highlights the need to safeguard women and children

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Thabong Police Station lives up to its name Thabong Police Station is the cream of the crop at the South African Police Service’s Annual National Excellence Awards

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Food and wine Secret Jozi Chef Paul Maciel reveals all

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Grooming and style Fashion is in Hangwani Nengovhela’s blood

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Health and well-being What you need to know about diabetes

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Travel Up close with the Big Five at the Kruger National Park

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Car reviews Jaguar XE and Land Rover’s Discovery Sport get pulses racing

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Nice-to-haves Must-have items for the man on the go

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Message from the Minister

SA to gain from ocean economy

I

t is an exciting time for South Africa following the Operation

Teams comprising government, labour, business

Phakisa open day on the ocean economy. Operation Phakisa

and academia worked in Delivery Laboratories over

(a Sotho phrase for “hurry up”) is modelled on the success of

six weeks since July this year to develop the plans.

the Malaysian “Big Fast Results” methodology that was used to

They explored opportunities in marine transport and

spur that country’s economic transformation and address na-

manufacturing; offshore oil and gas exploration; aq-

tional priorities such as poverty and crime. The approach entails

uaculture as well as marine protection services and

meeting with stakeholders for detailed and practical planning,

ocean governance.

setting clear targets, tracking

President Jacob Zuma said: “The

of progress and making the

initiatives arising out of this hard

results public.

work are expected to increase

Through Operation Phakisa

the ocean economy’s GDP con-

we leapfrog what could have

tribution by more than R20 bil-

otherwise become a cumber-

lion by 2019.”

some and drawn out process.

Tapping into the potential of

Moreover, it demonstrates

the ocean economy is the first

our commitment to use

phase of Operation Phakisa, our

international best practice

national initiative to implement

to build a better life for all,

policies and programmes better,

especially the poor and the

faster and more effectively.

working.

3 924 km coastline; we are

nessed the unveiling of de-

uniquely bordered by two

tailed plans by President Ja-

oceans along the east, south

cob Zuma for the country to

and west extremes of the coun-

explore our oceans to grow

try.

the economy.

The ocean economy has the

Today, more than ever, the

potential to contribute R177

oceans are big business and

billion to the gross domestic

have become a growth point

product and create just over

for a variety of industries including fishing, marine transport, tourism and even electricity generation to name but a few. The ocean economy is part of government’s commitment to radical transformation to move South Africa forward and a tangible effort to address the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

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South Africa is blessed with a

Recently South Africa wit-

one million jobs by 2033. Eighteen initiatives have so far been developed to boost our marine transport and manufacturing sector, which among others include establishing a National Shipping Company in partnership with South Korea. We will expand our port capacity for repair work of oil ships in transit along our coastline and oil rigs in

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President Jacob Zuma seen here with Minister Jeff Radebe, Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi at the release of Ocean Economy delivery plans during the Operation Phakisa Open Day at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC in Durban.

our marine territory. The use of more local components for ship building will support our local manufacturing industry.

R1,4 billion in 2019. An Inter-Departmental Authorisations Committee is

Increasing the capacity for ship repairs at Richards Bay harbour

proposed to co-ordinate aquaculture applications and

will create approximately 200 direct jobs while the use of more

approvals. It will aim to reduce the current processing

South African ships to export minerals will create an additional

time by 73 per cent, from 890 days to 240 days in future. The second phase of Operation Phakisa started on

estimated 4 000 direct jobs.

13 October 2014 and will focus on

Eleven initiatives have been identified in the Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration sector. Approximately 9 billion barrels of oil lie along our coast and adjoining waters - equivalent to 40 years of oil consumption in the country. Thirty wells have been targeted for exploration over the next 10 years, which could ultimately lead to the production of 370 000 barrels of oil and gas a day over the next 20 years. Government will continue to play a facilitative role by providing the legisla-

“Work streams are already hard at work in Gauteng up to a six- week period to uncover what will entail the ideal, effective clinic in our health system. Delivery plans will be released to the public on completion of the exploratory phase,” said President Zuma.

improving the quality of service in the public health sector. “Work streams are already hard at work in Gauteng up to a six- week period to uncover what will entail the ideal, effective clinic in our health system. Delivery plans will be released to the public on completion of the exploratory phase,” said President Zuma. The result will help us overhaul our primary healthcare system by effectively addressing weaknesses

tive framework governing offshore oil and gas and set up a “one-stop shop” within the Department of

and ensuring sustained improvements in the quality

Mineral Resources to streamline this sector.

of services.

Government’s bold decision to optimise the ocean economy

We are confident that through Operation Phakisa we

within the confines of marine ecology will position the aquacul-

will achieve our 2030 targets as set out in the National

ture sector to support rural development, especially for margin-

Development Plan and together move South Africa

alised coastal communities.

forward.

It will lead to 24 new projects across the country by 2019 and boost revenue of the sector from R500 million today to almost

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* Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi.

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T HE

TRA N S PO R T

EDUCATION TRAINING AUTHORITY THE BACKBONE OF TRANSPORT TRAINING

The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA)

Vision To be at the heart of skills innovation in the transport sector

TETA is tasked with the responsibility of education, training and skills development in the Transport Sector.

Mission We provide an innovative quality assurance and skills development framework by our motivated competent people, in a cost effective manner to exceed stakeholder service level agreements and requirements.

Taking cognisance of the pivotal role transport plays in the economic and social development of the country as a whole and the changes that are happening globally, TETA has consciously positioned itself as the vanguard of innovation in human resource development. TETA has appropriately envisioned itself to be at the heart of skills innovation in the Transport Sector. This vision calls upon TETA to focus itself on global cutting-edge methods and technologies in human resource development.

Driving Force Together with enthusiasm and trust we accelerate and advance skills development. Skills Development and Learning Programmes The Skills Development and Learning Programmes Unit is responsible for the development, implementation, alignment to the Sector Skills Plan and maintenance of TETA Strategic and Annual Performance Plans.

Pursuant to this TETA will continue to benchmark its programmes against the international best practice alongside its partners, universities, TVET colleges, private providers and all other relevant institutions. Transport Sector Segmentation Summary

SD & LP planning is informed by the SSP and Workplace Skills Plans (WSPs). The WSPs provide a growth strategy, profile and aggregate skill plans of the Transport sector.

The Transport Sector is vast in its scope and comprises diverse sub sectors. TETA has, in the main, aligned its Business Units according to these sub sectors, TETA Business Units service the following sub sectors:

The unit is also responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of training programmes and policies

Aerospace, Freight Handling, Forwarding and Clearing, Mariti me, Road Freight, Road Passenger, Rail and Taxi.


Through direct intervention and coordinati on, each Business Unit

focuses on the needs of the constituent sub sector with regards to levy disbursement for mandatory and discretionary grants, skills development interventions, stakeholder management, programme monitoring and all other attendant activities. Being at the forefront of the Transport Sector skills needs, TETA plays a pivotal role in qualification development, research and quality assurance. Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) TETA is one of the SETAs that are Development Quality Partners (DQP) as well as the Quality assurance Partner (QAP) of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). The ETQA unit is responsible for qualification development and quality assurance in line with the South African Quality Assurance (SAQA) and QCTO criteria. The unit guarantees the quality of skills delivery, evaluation and monitoring of training activities within the Transport Sector to promote and maintain excellent service to all. Monitoring and Evaluation Programmes Monitoring and Evaluation at TETA has adopted the Monitoring & Evaluation framework that is consistent with the Government Wide Monitoring & Evaluation Policy Framework and Treasury regulations. The aim of the TETA M&E framework is to establish a unifi ed, coherent and integrated framework for monitoring and evaluati on of performance and service delivery within the organisati on. The primary focus is on the performance and impact of TETA and its stakeholders on all programmes and intervent ons.

Research and Knowledge The Research and Knowledge unit was established to collect and consolidate labour market informati on that will provide input for the development and conti nual maintenance of the Transport Sector Skills Plan. In pursuit of TETA mandate, Research and Knowledge unit has developed appropriate strategies, among which are the following: • Establishing baseline benchmarks; • Establish a Research Agenda; • Identify strategies for strengthening TETA skilling programmes; • Identify needs and gaps on Skills Development issues; • Contribute to the establishment of a functi onal Management Information System (MIS) For further information about TETA and its services: Visit us www.teta.org.za Email us on enquiries@teta.org.za Connect with us on: https://www.facebook.com/Transport. Educati on.Training.Authority Call us on 011577 7000 – Gauteng 021 531 3064 – Western Cape 031 301 9614 – Kwa-Zulu Natal


Message froM the aCting DireCtor-generaL

It’s time for introspection

I

t was the preeminent Indian independence leader, patriot and hu-

improving management practices to advance service

manist Mahatma Gandhi who wrote: “The best way to find yourself

delivery through benchmarking against successful im-

is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

plementation.

A century after Gandhi left South Africa for India, these words

In so far as these tools describe the key strategy ele-

still ring true as we affirm our own commitment to serving the

ments and activities that relate to a new service ori-

needs of our citizens.

ented culture, our guiding principles must be founded

Lest we forget, the Bill of Rights in our Constitution calls on

in the National Development Plan 2030, which enjoins us to see to it and assist

each of us to deliver services to the citizenry. If you are not serving the customer directly, your job is to serve frontline staff that are. On the cusp of the fifth democratic term, we have been gifted with the opportunity for introspection, to truly

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer

so that all life’s enablers are available to citizens in a humane way. Its long-term perspective both humanises and harmonises the activities of departments by

improve service delivery by honestly evaluating our current service delivery practices, and better

sequencing the medium and short-term plans of gov-

integrating citizens into the service delivery process.

ernment at national, provincial and municipal level.

Much has been done in developing an evaluative toolkit to assist

Our introspection must also ask searching questions

Public Service managers achieve our mission of building a devel-

of our individual capacity to lead and drive this new

opmental state that is biased to the needs of the majority of our

service ethos.

population - those citizens most in need of government services.

What practical steps are we taking to retool our skill-

As you set out each day to move South Africa forward, your service

set in preparation to implement the two planning cy-

delivery dashboard would be incomplete if it did not integrate indicators from a few of our best practice tools such as: • The Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) – our framework of standards and indicators of good practice that promote a common understanding of good Public

cles leading up to 2030? Do we have the right pipeline of talent in our respective operations to entrench sustainable organisational alignment to the NDP, given the inherent bias to stasis in the organisations we manage?

Sector management practice. These enable manag-

Are our operational structures and practices op-

ers to test their own practice against and identify

timised to deliver against a new service delivery

management practice improvements that will im-

template? How do we prioritise the allocation

prove service delivery.

of resources in an environment of cost con-

• The Public Service Commission Citizen Satisfaction Surveys – sector based assessment instruments measuring consumer perceptions of service quality. These identify the drivers of citizen satisfaction that

straints? Through this journey, I ask you to commit to provide consistently excellent services to all our citizens, to commit to

inform overall sector performance perception.

continuous learning and self-

• The Service Charter – our social contract,

improvement, and most

setting out our roles and responsibilities in

importantly, to share your

improving performance, enhancing and fast

successes through this pub-

tracking the delivery of services to improve

lication and platforms such

the lives of our people. All of these tools are based on

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our collective wisdom.

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Letters to the eDitor

We hear you! Dear Editor GER PUBLIC SECTOR MANA

Reading through the September edition of Public Sector Manager magazine I found myself interested in the article about Sebolaishi Mabyana, the CEO of the newly opened in Zola-Jabulani hospital SEPTEMBER 2014

in Soweto.

Power Pack

• Arts and Culture crafts an inclusive South Africa • Tell your story, empower a nation

We speak to Ministers: • Jeff Radebe • Nathi Mthethwa • Lynne Brown

THE MAGAZINE FOR

Heritage Month

I was pleased to see that a lady from a rural village in Limpopo managed to rise against all odds to such a high position. It inspires me to know that she came from humble beginnings and worked hard to be where she is today. The CEO’s story resonates with me because growing up I would

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sense the joy from my mother, who is a nurse, when she spoke of her career and it inspired me to pursue a career in the nursing profession.

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Plus: Tourism Month SEPTEMBER 2014

• SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima sets the scene for Tourism Month s • Minister Faith Muthambi’ vision for visits

• 2014-2015 Strategic Framework: Marching orders to move SA forward

Mabyana’s story shows that with the right mind set and attitude anyone can make something of their lives. Her comments about nurses having the right attitude towards patients and how we should show patients care and patience truly encourages me to do better and also reminds me why I entered this profession. I wish her the best in her new appointment and I hope that people in the profession draw from her optimistic attitude and care for people in the same manner she speaks of.

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Dear Editor First and foremost, thank you for your magazine. The magazine is informative and really speaks volumes on the work of government and its plans for the country. I especially enjoyed the September issue of PSM, as it was filled with a lot of articles on heritage and the beauty and diversity of our country. As South Africans we should be proud of our rich heritage. Knowing that government and its people are caring for it, gives me peace as future generations will be able to value our country and understand why it’s called the rainbow nation. The article on the World Heritage Sites stood out for me the most. It was informative and highlighted the beauty that South Africa has to display. It makes me truly happy to be a part of a country that has come so far in the past 20 years. Thank you again for highlighting the country in a positive light.

Marisa August, Vanderbijlpark

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CONVERSATIONS WITH THE LEADERS

Rob Davies spotting opportunity at every turn

T

he Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has for the past 20 years been at the forefront of making it easy for South Africa to open its trade borders and

take trade to the rest of the world. Back in the early 90s and the mid-90s, South Africa was a small player in world trade. “What has happened since 1994 is that we’ve seen a di-

versification of our trade relations. “We didn’t even have diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China, let alone trade relations, but now

turn the country’s economy into a major global player. Minister Davies is one of the ministers who returned to the portfolio that he occupied in the previous administration. He says this gives him and his team a chance to consolidate on the work they’ve already done. “Coming back to this portfolio gives us a chance to continue the work that we did in the previous administration. “We launched the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as our three year plan and we started those in the first year of the last administration.”

China is our biggest trading partner for both exports and

The dti is the lead department in implementing the IPAP

imports,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies.

and Minister Davies says it, with the help of all government

He believes that South Africa should take advantage of

departments, should play a role in ensuring that the policy

the solid foundation laid by the fourth administration to

action plan is implemented successfully. Infiltrating the Southern African Development Community (SADC) market, turning the South African film industry into the new Nollywood (Nigerian film industry), building relations between agencies of department and improving South Africa’s role in the global market are some of the major achievements scored by South Africa in recent years.

Taking South African products to the SADC region The past 10 years have been characterised by an influx of various countries into Africa to trade with the continent. “The perception of Africa is changing dramatically because Africa has been growing quite fast. Investors are also recognising the continent’s ambition.” In the past two years, the department has increased its aggression in marketing South African companies and their products to the continent with a bias towards the SADC region. Minister Davies says his department deliberately targeted the SADC region because there is an appetite for South African products here, and to put South Africa on the map as a good trade partner. “We want to reposition South Africa as the number one trade destination, especially with the trade in Africa, given that the other parts of the continent are already industrialising.” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says South Africa is open for business.

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Since 1994, South Africa has attracted more than R30 billion in the form of foreign direct investment.

player that will compete with the biggest film industry on the continent, Nigeria's Nollywood. In September, the dti launched a film incentive for emerging

Building a stronger trade relationship with Africa’s biggest economy

black film makers. The incentive will provide financial assistance

Earlier this year, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product

the first R6 million of the Qualifying South African Production

(GDP) surpassed that of South Africa making it the

Expenditure (QSAPE) and 25 per cent for the remainder.

biggest economy on the continent.

to qualifying applicants in a form of a rebate of 50 per cent for

He says the incentive will give support to emerging filmmak-

Minister Davies says South Africa is willing to work

ers who were previously not covered under the Film and Tel-

with Nigeria in a way that will benefit the two coun-

evision Production and Co-Production Incentive programme. “The film industry, through various engagements and con-

tries. “I think we are beginning to see the results of this relationship. Nigeria is developing a motor industry and they wanted to learn from our industry. We’ve shared a lot of information with them.”

sultations, indicated that the previous scheme and threshold did not accommodate or support emerging filmmakers. “The dti has now reduced the threshold and upped the incentive in an effort to create many opportunities for people with low-budget productions for televi-

He adds that the two countries are in discussions about South Africa exporting parts to Nigeria’s motor industry. “We are looking to sign an agreement whereby we supply the components that goes into the operations taking place in Nigeria. “We used to supply them with cars, now we will be supplying them with kits.”

“We’ve seen the film industry grow in the last few years. In the last administration, we quadrupled the number of films we supported and the majority of our incentive goes to our local productions.”

tionship with Ghana.

tions will be supported than ever before." Minster Davies emphasised that the South Africa's film industry needs quality filmmakers to live up to its reputation of being a competitive driver of the economy. “We’ve seen the film industry grow in the last few years. In the last administration we quadrupled the number of films we supported and the majority of our incentive goes to our local productions.”

Another example of South Africa working with an African country is the rela-

sion and films. In this way more produc-

He added that about 65 per cent of the incentive goes to local productions.

“We used to supply them with grinding media for

Minister Davies says during recent interaction with produc-

the west African mining industry. Now, after an in-

ers in California, they expressed their appreciation of what the

vestment by a South African company, that grinding

dti was doing for the film industry.

media will be manufactured in Ghana but the input will be coming from South Africa.” The company that will invest in Ghana is Scoremetal.

“Many of them are very happy with what they see in South Africa and they are happy with the incentive programme.” The dti is also involved in the creation of the Cape Town Film Studio and financing a film about former President Nelson Mandela.

Turning South Africa’s film industry into a global player

the South African film industry topple the Nigerian film indus-

Minister Davies says his department is on a mission

try from the number one spot in the continent.

to turn South Africa’s film industry into a global

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The Minister hopes that the film incentive scheme will help

“That’s what the incentive is all about,” he says.

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Writer: Irene Naidoo Photographer: Kopano Tlape

ProfiLesininLeaDershiP LeaDershiP ProfiLes

Lieutenant-General Masondo: the firepower behind SA Army

T

wo Gripen fighter aircraft streak across the sky. As quickly as they emerge, they are out of sight. The only evidence of their presence is the deafening explosion as a result of the two

250kg bombs they have just been dropped on the “enemy”. Minutes later two Hawks drop 180kg bombs on the target. Next

Another of his duties is to mould the character of young soldiers. “We have to shape their character and try to build patriotism. It is only when soldiers are patriotic they can serve with the necessary passion required.”

come the rocket-propelled grenades, grenades and machine gun fire as soldiers move in on “enemy”.

SA a country at peace

These are the scenes being played out in Lohatla, Northern Cape,

Given the peaceful state of the country, some South

where the full force of the South African Army is on display during

Africans might feel that spending money on the army

a training exercise named Operation Seboka.

is unnecessary - a notion Lt-Gen Masondo is quick to

Seated in his vantage point on Aasvoelkop – a hill at the SA Army Combat Training Centre - watching the “battle” play out below is Chief of the SA Army Lieutenant-General Vusi Masondo.

dispel. “We enjoy peace currently and therefore there’s a feeling that to pump financial resources into the army is

He is a man with enormous responsibilities on his shoulders.

a waste of money given that we have got challenging

“Being chief of the army is a huge responsibility. The army is the

socio-economic problems that we should channel the

main component of the SANDF… We have a huge responsibility

money into.

to ensure that our soldiers are properly trained because my core

“We must understand that even the peace we have

business as chief of the SA Army is to prepare soldiers for deploy-

is because of the deterrent effect of the defence force.

ment,” he says.

If we didn’t have a defence force at all, there would be

This means providing soldiers with thorough training so that they

many opportunists who would attack people. But those

can hold their own and minimise the loss of lives when they go into

things don’t happen because those elements know that

battle, the Lt-Gen points out.

South Africa has an army that is there day in, day out.”

“I must be able to live with my conscience, knowing that as chief

Questions have also been raised about why South

of the army I’ve done everything to properly equip them so they

African soldiers are placing their lives on the line and in

don’t unnecessarily lose lives.”

some instances, losing their lives, in conflict situations

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in other countries on the continent.

ensure that we can attend the ageing equipment.”

“South Africa cannot be an island of prosperity in a

While acknowledging that the army does not have adequate

sea of poverty and instability. That is one of the reasons

financial resources to do its work, the Lt-Gen understands that

our country is attracting so many immigrants. If we

government has other pressing needs to address.

are successful in stabilising our continent, people will not feel the need to leave their countries and come to South Africa and compete with our people for the scarce resources,” he says.

He hopes at some stage these demands will be balanced and budgeted for accordingly. “The army is a national asset,” the man who heads it up says proudly. And heading up this national asset comes with a fair amount

A strong army dealing with challenges

of accountability and tough situations.

The SA Army is rated as one of the strongest on the

Last year South African soldiers who were in the Central Af-

continent, says Lt-Gen Masondo, but it also not without

rican Republic (CAR) to train that country’s army came under

challenges.

attack from the rebels. Thirteen soldiers were killed.

“Some of the equipment we have is old and to some

“Those soldiers were youngsters, who had small children,

extent this poses the risk of loss of life during train-

some were not married. To face, not only their parents, but

ing and when we go into a war situation it also places

their kids and young wives in that moment of grief was not

our soldiers in danger. Even though they are properly

an easy task.

trained, soldiers face the risk that the equipment may not function as required because of its age.” Addressing the issue of ageing equipment is proving

“It’s a huge responsibility because whenever things go wrong I’m accountable not only to my Minister and the commanderin-chief but also to the nation,” says the father of three.

to be a challenge for the army, as it juggles its budget. The budget provides for three areas of expenditure –

Maintaining stability in Africa

capital renewal, which includes renewing equipment,

He cites the army’s peacekeeping mission in Burundi as one of

funds to enable the army to operate and deploy, and

its most notable achievements over the past 20 years.

funds to pay soldiers.

“At the time many people felt we were going into mission

“Currently it’s askew; we are spending a huge portion

impossible and there was no way we would succeed in sta-

of the budget on compensating our soldiers by way of

bilising the country but it did stabilise and was able to hold

remuneration, which therefore leaves little money to

elections. It is one of the great achievements of the army.” >>

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BUILDING A N AT I O N O F E X P E R T I S E

Aubrey Nyiko Business Enterprises is a black-owned business, established in 2002 with the aim of providing high quality delivery in all aspects of its business dealings through the services provided. An African woman owns the company, with other blackowned strategic partners playing a vital role in service delivery for South Africa. MISSION & VISION To make a meaningful contribution to the growth and development of small businesses through Enterprise Development and placement programmes. To promote black economic empowerment and gender equity and redress. CORE VALUES • To deliver quality service • To ensure timely delivery of service • Constantly improve our systems and service • Contribute towards addressing unemployment ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT Aubrey Nyiko Business Enterprises formation is based on the economic empowerment of the disadvantaged communities of South Africa. EQUITY OWNERSHIP The founding member and Shareholder is a South African Professional who is actively participating in the mainstream economy. Job creation & work integrated learning (WIL) For the contracts and jobs that the company gets, local labour is utilized where necessary. Where additional resources are required, the company forms partnerships with other contractors to deliver turnkey solution.

The WIL concept is the most component of our youth job creation initiatives as it focuses on creating learner placement channels whereby unemployed learners, semi-qualified learners, and unemployed youth have the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience in reputable companies, organisations, and departments while furthering their vocational studies on the job. The objective is to create a mechanism that will allow organizations (public and private) to absorb large volumes of semi and unskilled learners into their operations in a structured and coordinated way that will benefit both the host company as well as the learner. CURRENT PROJECTS Transport Education and Training Authority: • New Venture Creation NQF Level 4 - 100 learners Siphumelele Skills Solutions: • New Venture Creation NQF Level 4 - 400 learners Mix Telematics Enterprise SA (PTY) Ltd: • Customer service • End-user Computing • Attention to Detail • Leadership and Management • Stress management • Business communication Metro bus: • Performance management Department of Higher Education & Training (The Siwelile Co-Operative Project) Trained and Assessed learners against registered unit standards via skills development programmes frameworks. • End - user computing • Leadership and Management – 200 learners • Labour and Corporate Governance – 200 learners • New Venture Creation – 200 learners


Profiles in leadership

Chief of the South African Army Lieutenant-General Vusi Masondo (third from left).

The SA Army has also been involved in peace missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sudan.

therefore I saw myself having a career as a doctor or maybe a university professor. Unfortunately because

“We have also been training the armies of other countries.

my father was involved in the liberation struggle

In the DRC we trained more than five battalions. Those forces

when I was growing up I was harassed throughout

are now operating together with the South African soldiers

my schooling by members of the Special Branch and

and equipping themselves very well in battle, which means

forced into political activism at a young age.”

the level of our training remains very good.”

He says the situation became unbearable in 1976,

On the home front, the army has continued to come to the

when he was in Standard 10 (Grade 12), and he was

rescue of people in remote and rural areas during flooding,

forced to leave the country. He was given two choices

reconstructed bridges that have been washed away and

by the ANC – continue with his studies or join the ranks of uMkonto weSizwe (MK).

helped citizens who faced difficulty when it snowed. Nothing brings Lt-Gen Masondo more joy than seeing soldiers, who have benefited from good training, carrying out their functions in a war

“We have also been training of the armies of other countries. In the DRC we trained more than five battalions.

situation.

“Because of the manner in which I grew up and the kind of oppression I saw the African people subjected to; I couldn’t look at my selfish interests of continuing with my studies while other youngsters like me were volunteering to fight for the liberation of our country.

“The army and defence force is about fighting wars. If the

“So I had to make a conscious decision to say that my

training does not give soldiers the confidence to go to battle

nation and fellow oppressed people need my services

and fight … then as chief of the army I’m failing in my job.”

… so I joined the glorious army of the ANC.” After leaving South Africa he went to Swaziland and

Keeping soldiers motivated and disciplined

then to Mozambique and Tanzania, before undergoing

Lt-Gen Masondo and his leadership team strive to instil a

basic military training in Angola in 1997 and air defence

sense of patriotism in the soldiers under their command.

artillery training in the former Soviet Union in 1978.

“It is only when soldiers are patriotic that they are willing

Lt-Gen Masondo served in the ranks of MK in various

to lay down their lives for their country. We also continu-

roles until he returned to South Africa in 1992, after the

ously promote our military culture, which is founded on

ANC was unbanned.

discipline.

He has held a number of positions in the army over

“From time to time I communicate with soldiers to mo-

the years, including that of Director: Corporate Com-

tivate them and show my appreciation that they have

munication, Personnel Staff Office to the Chief of the

volunteered to pursue this noble career. It is important

SANDF, Director Human Resource Maintenance and

that we lead by example so that the soldiers will aspire to

Chief Army Force Preparation.

emulate our achievements,” he says.

He completed matric and diploma courses in secretarial and computer studies while in exile. Since then,

The derailing of dreams

he has added a Certificate in Defence Management

It is somewhat strange that the man who once considered

from the University of Witwatersrand, Certificate in

a career as a doctor ended up in the army instead.

Labour Relations from the University of Pretoria and a

“At school I was very good at maths and science and

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BCom degree from UNISA to his qualifications.

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VITAL STATS

Compiled by: Maselaelo Seshotli

Fast facts at your fingertips With regards to the degree of difficulty in the domains of seeing, hearing, communication, walking, remembering and self-care, the report showed: • 11 per cent of the those with disabilities had seeing difficulties. • 4,2 per cent had cognitive (remembering/concentrating) difficulties. • 3,6 per cent had hearing difficulties. • About 2 per cent had communication, self-care and walking disabilities.

Access to housing and basic services

A

• More than half (55,4 per cent) of households headed bout 2,9 million South Africans (7,5 per cent of the population)

by persons with disabilities lived in homes that were

are living with a disability.

owned and fully paid off.

This is according to the Profile of Persons with Disabilities

in South Africa report, which is based on Census 2011 data, released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

• 20,6 per cent lived in rent-free dwellings, while about 12 per cent lived in rented dwellings. • About 13,4 per cent of households headed by per-

Disability is more prevalent in older age groups - more than half

sons with disabilities had no access to piped water

(53,2 per cent) of those aged 85 or older reported having a disability.

compared to 8,2 per cent of those headed by persons

It is also more prevalent among females, the report showed. There

without disabilities.

are more than 1,6 million females with disabilities compared to the more than 1,1 million males.

• 45,2 per cent of households headed by persons with disabilities had access to a flush toilet and 37,1 per cent used pit toilets.

Disability prevalence by province • Free State and Northern Cape had the highest proportion of persons with disability – 11,1 and 11 per cent respectively. • The prevalence of persons with disabilities in the North West was 10

• Households headed by persons with disabilities had higher proportions using candles for lighting (14,6 per cent) compared to households headed by persons without disabilities (11 per cent).

per cent, followed by Eastern Cape with 9,6 per cent, Mpumalanga with 7 per cent and Limpopo with 6,9 per cent. • Western Cape and Gauteng had the lowest percentage of persons with disabilities, 5,4 and 5,3 per cent respectively.

Employment and persons with disabilities • 62 per cent of persons with disabilities were employed, 27,3 unemployed and 10,8 per cent not economically active (neither employed nor unemployed).

Disability prevalence by population group • The population group profile showed that black people had the highest proportion of persons with disabilities (7,8 per cent), followed by whites with 6,5 per cent.

• Employment levels were highest among males with disabilities at 66,6 per cent. • 58,1 per cent of females with disabilities were employed.

• The proportion of Coloureds and Indians with disabilities was 6,2 per cent.

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Source: Stats SA Public Sector Manager • November 2014


UPCOMING EVENTS

Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day 22 November

South African Sports Awards 30 November

Sport and Recreation South Africa will host the second Nelson Mandela

The South African Sports Awards will recognise and

Sports and Culture Day on 22 November. The event will take place at

honour individuals and teams who have excelled both

the Union Buildings and will focus on encouraging social cohesion,

on and off the field between 1 October 2013 and 31

nation building and world peace – ideals that the late former President

August 2014.

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to. The Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day was first celebrated in August 2013 in the form of double-header matches that saw the Springboks take on Argentina and Bafana Bafana battle it out against Burkina Faso at the FNB Stadium in Soweto. During this year’s event, South Africans will have a chance to participate in sporting activities such as cycling, running and walking. For information on how to be part of the event go to http://www.srsa.gov.za

Candidates for the awards are nominated by the national sports federations, the media and the SA Sports Awards voting panel. The awards will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 November and will be hosted by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, with the SABC and Supersport as the official broadcast partners. The South African Sports Awards reward the country’s sports stars for their efforts in keeping the passion of

17 Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) Conference 24 – 26 November th

sport alive in the hearts of millions of South Africans through their efforts in local or international sports events.

The National School of Government (NSG) will host the 17th Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) Conference under the theme “Building capacity for higher productivity in the Public Sector”. The three-day conference sessions will start on 24 November at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria. The forum provides a platform for collaborative interaction towards improved relationships and organisational performance. Key stakeholders expected to participate in the forum include government departments at national, provincial and local level; Public Sector entities, councils and agencies; and social partners. The PSTF strives to achieve a number Human Resource Development (HRD) related objectives within the Public Sector. This includes advancing the development and growth of HRD practitioners; contributing to the awareness and adoption of quality standards; creating a platform for discussion, implementation and possible reviews of policy frameworks and fostering partnerships with stakeholders to improve HRD practices. Those interested in attending the conference can make bookings through the NSG contact centre on pstf@thensg.gov.za or 012 441 6777.

National Global Change Conference 1 – 5 December The second DST/NRF National Global Change Conference will take place under theme “Global Change Research in South Africa: towards integration across disciplines, sectors and scales”. The conference is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF), in partnership with the South African Global Change Science Committee and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and will take place in Port Elizabeth from 1 to 5 December. It aims to bring together the diverse global change research community in South Africa to share recent research progress and outcomes across the broad scope of the Global Change Grand Challenge programme. The conference also aims to provide an opportunity for post-graduate research students and emerging

Erratum

researchers to locate their work in a broader context;

In the previous edition of PSM magazine the incorrect text and logo ap-

while providing a platform for awareness of the multiple

peared under the heading Sports and Events Tourism Exchange, Exhibi-

opportunities that exist for career development.

tion and Conference (SETE) in the Upcoming Events section. We regret the error. The correction was made on the online version of the magazine.

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For more information go to the conference website, http://globalchange2014.nmmu.ac.za

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WoMen in the PUBLiC seCtor

Writer: Gabi Khumalo

Kenosi Setlhako Machepa: proof that

dreams do come true qualities were also recognised by her teacher, who encouraged her to follow that path. She recalls the days when she represented her school in top debating competitions. “I remember my first year in a debating team… we beat our opponent, which was the highest ranking in Bloemfontein. Nobody could beat Lereko High School at the time, but we did,” she says. “My teacher sat me down and said: ‘This is your path.’ I then started researching about public speaking careers because I had no idea what it meant. I realised that I had it in me to pursue a career in that field. I continued with public speaking for my high school while researching.”

F

But Setlhako Machepa had to put her dream of obtaining rom an early age, Kenosi Setlhako Machepa was al-

a Communications degree on hold when she fell pregnant

ready making her voice heard, thrusting her ideas and

and had a child at an early age. She ended up doing a

views forward in her school debating team.

teaching diploma at the then Strydom College (now

Engaging in strong debates and arguments with senior

learners excited and intrigued her. No subject was too big or

After completing her diploma, she worked for eight

out of reach for the diminutive Setlhako Machepa to tackle.

years as a primary school teacher.

It’s no wonder that today she is the Head of Communications

“My son derailed my dreams of going to university. I had to

in the Women Ministry. The Women’s Ministry has been mandated with championing the achievement of women’s socio-economic empowerment and human rights.

lower my ambitions because I had brought extra responsibility for my mother, and had to go with the cheapest that I could do, which was then to go to a college,” she explains. Despite this, Setlhako Machepa refused to give up on her

Shortly after her appointment, Minister Susan Shabangu

childhood dream. She enrolled with the University of South

said the focus of the department over the next five years

Africa (UNISA) to study part time, while working as a teacher.

would be ensuring that women are anchored in the econ-

She later graduated with a BA degree in Communications,

omy and become major beneficiaries of interventions in

which opened new doors for her.

both the public and private sectors. She indicated that her department would form strategic partnerships with other government departments, agencies,

In 2004, she got her first job as a communicator when she was appointed as Assistant Director: Public Relations for the Free State Department of Education.

the private sector and civil society, as well as with women

Just two years after establishing her communications career,

across various sectors of the economy to accelerate women’s

Setlhako Machepa’s dedication and hard work elevated her

access to productive resources.

to a Media Liaison Specialist position at Free State Develop-

Born in Bloemfontein in the Free State, 45-year-old Setl-

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Thaba Nchu College of Education).

ment Corporation.

hako Machepa says she always knew that she would one day

She stayed in that position for only a year, before joining

be a communicator or a public speaker. Her public speaking

the SABC as the Regional Manager: Communications in the

Public Sector Manager • November 2014


Kenosi Setlhako Machepa always knew that she would one day have a career in communications.

Free State. She later moved to Auckland Park in 2007,

“For instance one cannot be a communicator if he or she

where she worked as a Communication Specialist

cannot relate to people at every level. A true communicator

in the Technology Division.

would be able to go down to that level and communicate. If

One can only be inspired by women like Setlhako Machepa, who keep climbing up the ladder regardless of the obstacles thrown at them. She was among those communicating the SABC’s state of readiness ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. While at the SABC, she also studied for a Management Development Programme at the Gordon Insti-

you fail to rise or go down to different target audiences, you are not a communicator.” Setlhako Machepa raises the point that the majority of government communicators occupying the position of “spokesperson” are males. “There is an imbalance that we need to deal with,” she says, adding that a pool of more women spokespeople needs to emerge.

tute of Business Science. Before she joined the then

But she says she works well with her male colleagues.

Department of Women, Children and People with

She names former Basic Education spokesperson (now Gaut-

Disabilities, in November 2013, Setlhako Machepa

eng Education MEC) Panyaza Lesufi and current SAA spokes-

was Head of Communications at the South African

person Tlali Tali as some of the people she looks up to.

Weather Services. While a shift from corporate communication to government communications may not be an easy

If she was not a communicator, Setlhako Machepa says she would be a motivational speaker, something she is planning to pursue and use to help others reach their full potential.

adjustment for many people, Setlhako Machepa

While most people struggle to cope with workplace stress,

embraced the change. She says her dissertation for

Setlhako Machepa tries to avoid stress at work because she is

her Master’s degree in Media Studies, as well as her

aware that the office is not her home.

upbringing, prepared her for the job.

“I’m aware that the comfort I will get will come from home.

“I’ve seen and experienced the strength of women

I shine when I do my work; it’s not about the office space but

in my own growing environment. I was raised by a

focusing on what I’m here to do. I’m also aware that we are at

single mother, who was a labourer. She raised me

different levels as people, and that’s how I always approach

with my two sisters, who have since passed on.

people knowing that they are in a different space, so I must

“At some point in our lives, my mother had to take over the four girls of her sister, who went blind and could no longer work. She took care of seven of us with her small salary.” She points out that being a communicator is not as glamorous as some people may think.

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tread carefully.” Her advice to women is: “Don’t allow anything to stand in your way and always work towards your goals”. Setlhako Machepa is currently in Scotland, where she is studying for a MBA Leadership at the University of Edinburgh. She will be back in South Africa in August 2015.

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Department Profile

DRIVING A TRANSFORMED AND ACCOUNTABLE POLICE SERVICE

Reneva Esther Fourie Acting Secretary of Police

Reneva Esther Fourie, born 30 April 1969, holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. Her previous roles include Permanent Executive Secretary for the African Ministerial Conference on Decentralisation and Local Development (AMCOD), and her greatest achievement is a self-published book entitled, “Embedded Decentralisation: An African Approach”. Her goal for the year ahead is to optimize the effectiveness of all structures that enable an active citizenry in support of the Police.

Reneva Fourie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from

to rapidly re-familiarise myself with the civilian policing environment and I

the University of Pretoria. She has attended a number of short courses,

undoubtly feel at home.”

which include a leadership development programme from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

“The continuous prevalence of violent crimes such as murder and developments in areas such as Kuruman, Grabouw and Kirkwood

Having a strong propensity for community-based interactions, Fourie

emphasise the need for a united front towards the creation of safe and

served in local peace committee structures, which later were replaced

stable communities as policing alone will not bring about that change.

by Community Policing Forums for all of the 1990s. She remains active in community-based activities, and has been involved in governmental

The Secretariat has an important role to play in building this united front,”

duties since 2002.

says Fourie.“In executing our mandate as the Secretariat, heritage is significant. It gives us grounding as individuals, and our collective history

Upon her appointment as Acting Secretary of Police, Fourie wrote,

of resilience and as champions of change serves as a base from which

“My re-entry into an environment which had shaped my young adult

to drive change within the domain of safety and security. But change can

years happened with a bang. Within my first few weeks I met with

only happen if we are institutionally sound. The Secretariat must be a

the senior management in each of the Chief Directorates, addressed

place where all staff can feel that they belong, and where all staff believe

Parliament twice, met with Provincial Heads of Department and Chief

they are being treated fairly,” she adds.

Financial Officers, attended Cabinet, and witnessed the release of the crime statistics.

“Already I have witnessed high levels of commitment within the Secretariat and I feel blessed to have inherit- ed a team that has within it

“As a collective we worked on concluding the Annual Report and key elements of the 2015/2016 Annual Performance Plan. This assisted me

skills and passion,” Fourie concludes.


INSTITUTION PROFILE Strategic overview

• U  se the appropriate channels to air any grievances or make direct representations

Vision: A transformed and accountable police service that reflects the values of

• B  e committed to development, motivation and utilisation of our staff and promote sound labour relations

our developmental state.

• D  eal fairly, professionally and equitably with colleagues.

Mission:

Performance of our duties

To provide an efficient and civilian oversight of the SAPS and enhance the role of the Minister of Police.

As employees of the Civilian Secretariat for Police we diligently affirm our commitment to:

Value: In carrying out its mandate, the Civilian Secretariat for Police subscribes to the following set of values:

• S  trive to achieve the objectives of the Secretariat cost-effectively and in the public interest • Be creative in thought in the execution of our duties • Be punctual in the execution of our duties

Relationship with parliament

• Be professional and competent in our duties • N  ot engage in any action or transaction in conflict with the execution

As employees of the Civilian Secretariat for Police we diligently affirm our commitment to: • B  e faithful to the Republic and honour the Constitution • Put the interest of the public first • Ensure execution of the policies of the Government

of our duties • R  ecuse ourselves from any official action or decision making that may result in improper gain and to declare such interest • A  vail ourselves for further training and self development throughout our careers

• Strive to be faithful to statutory requirements and instructions

• B  e honest and accountable when dealing with public funds

• Co-operate with public institutions in promoting public interest

• P  romote sound, efficient, effective, transparent and accountable

Relationship with the public

• R  eport fraud, corruption, nepotism and maladministration

administration

• Give honest and impartial advice

As employees of the Civilian Secretariat for Police we diligently affirm our commitment to:

• Honour confidentiality

Personal conduct and private interests

• P  romote the unity and well-being of the South African Nation.
• Be unbiased and impartial • B  e polite, helpful and reasonably accessible and maintain high service standards • Have regard for the circumstances and concerns of the public

As employees of the Civilian Secretariat for Police we diligently affirm our commitment to: • D  ress and behave in a manner that enhances the public service during official duties

• The development and upliftment of all South Africans

• Act responsibly in the use of alcohol or intoxicating substances

• Not unfairly discriminate against any member of the public

• N  ot use our position to obtain gifts or benefits for ourselves or accept

• Not abuse our positions as public servants • Respect and protect every person’s dignity and rights • R  ecognise the public’s right to information except where protected by law

such that can be construed as bribes • N  ot disclose official information for personal gain or for the gain of others • N  ot undertake remunerative work outside official duties without prior approval or use official equipment for such work

Relationship with our colleagues

Strategic outcome-orientated goals

As employees of the Civilian Secretariat for Police we diligently affirm our commitment to:

The following are the department goals:

• Co-operate fully with our colleagues to advance the public interest

• A  well-advised and supported Minister for a service-delivery oriented

• E  xecute all reasonable instructions by persons officially assigned to give such • R  efrain from favouring friends and family and not abuse our authority nor be unduly influenced

police service that is accountable • Q  uality, timeous evidence-based strategic research, policy advice, and legislative support to the Minister of Police • Deepened public participation in the fight against crime • Enhanced accountability and transformation of the SAPS


Department Profile

CREAM ALWAYS RISES TO THE TOP Hard work and dedication always pay off at the end of the day, and the Civilian Secretariat of Police has been blessed with three exceptionally talented female directors.

Millicent Kewuti Chief Director: Monitoring and Evaluation

Millicent Kewuti is a specialist within the Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Management Information systems environments which is supported by her solid background in Information Technology. She prides herself with almost a decade of experience in the establishment of the said systems. Her exposure within the public and Nongovernmental sectors has enabled her to evolve into an executive role within these disciplines. She currently fulfils the role of Chief Director: Oversight Monitoring and Evaluation (OM&E) within the Civilian Secretariat for Police. The main purpose of this function is to contribute towards improved police performance and accountability. She briefly occupied the Director: Information Management post in the department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. This entailed the development of systems to preserve corporate memory and heritage. Before joining the national sphere of government, she led the Information Management and M&E functions in the Gauteng Office of the Premier in her capacity Director: Information Management, Monitoring and Evaluation. Key achievements within these roles in the public sector include the establishment of Information Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting systems (including the development of frameworks, policies and procedures); management of Information Communication Technology Infrastructure and the building of M&E capacity.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2013/14

· A  dialogue on the management of complains against the SAPS was hosted with various stakeholders and the main objective was to

OM&E Framework:

create an opportunity for key stakeholders to share knowledge and

A draft Oversight Monitoring and Evaluation Framework was developed

information on complaints against the police with the intention of

and finalised after consultation with provinces. The framework was

establishing acceptable criteria of response and promoting innovative

developed to serve as a guideline to ensure that oversight OM&E is

and sustainable solutions to effective service delivery by all key

undertaken in a coordinated manner at national and provincial level.

stakeholders.

OM&E Dialogues:

Evaluations:

· A  dialogue between government and civil society was hosted during

The unit successfully concluded two implementation evaluations on the

women’s month on 22-23 August 2013 to ensure safe violence-free

SAPS. Key findings on one of the evaluations informed the strategy on

communities for women and girls in South Africa. The dialogue was

Detection which was presented in Parliament.

meant to identify concrete actions that could contribute towards improved policing responses and violence-free communities, including

Information Management System:

the complementary actions required by other stakeholders to ensure

Phase I of the development of the Information Management System (IMS)

safe, violence-free communities for women and girls.

was completed. The system will facilitate on-site data capturing and consolidation at a provincial and national level.


Advocate Dawn Bell

Bilkis Omar

The legislation unit of the Civil Secretariat for the Police Service

Bilkis Omar is the Chief Director: Policy Development and Research at the Civilian Secretariat for Police. She manages the policy development process which is geared at contributing to effective and professional policing, and ensuring the police reach their long term goal and vision of a safer South Africa. Bilkis’ recent accomplishments includes managing the development of the White Paper on the Police, as well as the policy on the establishment and regulation of the first National Forensic DNA Database for South Africa. Before joining government, Bilkis worked for civil society, conducting research around issues of policing, crime and safety. As an independent researcher she contributed to the United Nations World Drug report by focusing on heroin trafficking in SADC. Bilkis has an Honours Degree in Criminology and has always wanted to influence government policy on policing, crime and safety. Her current job allows her the opportunity to realize her objectives.

Chief Director: Legislation

was formally established in March 2013 when Advocate Dawn Bell was appointed Chief Director: Legislation. The primary aim of the Legislation Unit is to ensure that the Minister, through the support of the Secretary of Police, develops and maintains effective policing legislation that is implemented by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Chief Director: Policy and Research

Key achievements since Advocate Bell’s appointment: The Dangerous Weapons Act No. 15 of 2013 was finalised and passed in June 2013: • This Act rationalises the Dangerous Weapons Act, 1968 and repeals Acts of former TBVC states, prohibits the possession of

In her role as Chief Director of Policy Development and Research within the Civilian Secretariat of Police, Bilkis Omar took forward reviewing and developing various policies targeted at the police, as well as for the JCPS cluster.

dangerous weapons in public. The Act is intended to contribute to the safety of the inhabitants of the Republic The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act No. 37 of 2013 (DNA) was passed in December 2013: • This Act was assented to in January 2014. It establishes the National Forensic DNA Database in the SAPS. The Act provides for the taking of buccal and bodily samples, the storage of DNA profiles, and related matters, and the establishment of a DNA Oversight and Ethics Board Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill was adopted by Parliament in February 2014: • This Bill improves provisions for more effective regulation of the private security industry. It also provides for reporting and accountability mechanisms and procedures for the regulatory authority to the Minister and Parliament. It further provides for the limitation on foreign involvement in a private security business in South Africa

Policy and Research development Through collaboration with the SAPS along with other key government role players, the sub programme began the review of the 1998 White Paper on Safety and Security. Emanating from this, the need for a comprehensive policing policy was identified. The White Paper on the Police was developed (preceded by the Green Paper as required to fulfill the legislative process). This policy is a broad overarching policy framework for developing a professional, competent, and highly skilled police service and was a major accomplishment for the CSP. The Paper seeks to reaffirm the commitment by the Department of Police to the principles of good governance of policing in a democracy and it will provide the basis for the review of existing legislation, particularly the SAPS Act. The policy developed for the SAPS Detective Service which seeks to provide a framework for improving the quality and functioning of the detective service was a further achievement for the CSP. The Use of Force policy provides SAPS with clear and consistent guidelines regarding the use of force while engaged in the discharge of their official duties. The policy addresses the force continuum, how and when force may be applied, as well as the extent of force to be used. The policy is human rights centered, supported by the need for effective accountability and transparency. The diagnostic assessment of existing government and civil society anti-gang strategies in provinces was conducted to enhance the development of the National Integrated Anti-Gangs Strategy. The diagnostic identified best-practices and challenges in relation to implementation to preclude similar challenges for the future. The success of the project lay in the good coordinated working relationship with other government departments, particularly NICOC.


traiLBLaZer

Writer: Noluthando Mkhize

SA’s first female

dredge master making waves

S

he describes herself as the black mermaid who has travelled

duced to the maritime industry and the ‘suitcase life’ at

across the world. At 27, Londiwe Ngcobo has also earned the

Sithengile High School where she matriculated.

title of South Africa’s first female dredge master.

Ngcobo is in charge of steering one of Transnet’s most expensive

and biggest dredges, Isandlwana, which costs more than a billion. Based in KwaZulu-Natal at the Port of Durban, Ngcobo says dredging keeps all the ports around the world functioning.

“The school had maritime studies as at Grade 10 and I decided to study it along with mathematics and science.” In 2000 the idea of exploring the world became a reality when Ngcobo was chosen to be an exchange

“If dredgers did not exist all ports would shut down. We are respon-

student for two years at Leeds in the United Kingdom.

sible for extending the port and doing excavations of silt or mud

“I spent six months in the UK just to explore different

to keep the depth of the port at the required amount or length.”

cultures as an exchange student.”

“In order for a big ship to get into the port it requires a certain

In 2004 she completed matric and the following year

depth. We make the port deeper and maintain it. We extend the

was accepted at the Durban University of Technology

beaches and also feed them with sand. I drive the ship and handle

to pursue a diploma in Maritime Studies.

all the controls for dredging.” An awkward odour lingers on the 4 200m3 Isandlwana. Ngcobo says she has grown accustomed to it.

“It was easy to choose maritime studies because I was told it involved a lot of travelling.” As part of her training, Ngcobo did her cadetship

“It’s not like this everyday!” she explains.

with Safmarine/Maersk, the largest commercial ship-

“We are doing excavations of silt today and the mud causes the

ping company, in 2007.

smell. It has dead fish from the ocean, hence the smell. I have gotten used to it.” The dredger manned by Ngcobo is named after the great battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu War when Zulu King Cetshwayo’s army conquered the British army in 1879. This battle was one of the worst defeats suffered by the British army during the Victorian era.

“The work experience was like absolutely nothing I imagined it would be; being a ship navigating officer navigating around the globe was a lot of hard work.” “I was groomed and well trained from rank to rank and after four ships and 12 months of work experience, I completed my training and went on to do a License Class 3 oral examination.”

Isandlwana sits in the Port of Durban on a windy day. Waves crash

A Licence Class 3 qualifies Ngcobo to steer a dredge.

and clouds peep over the sea, a sign that it might rain. Ngcobo is

She says to obtain a licence in her field one has to

captured by the beauty of the sea. “When I am at sea I am amazed at its beauty. No land, just the sea, the sunrise, the dolphins and flying fish - it’s absolutely striking.” “Every morning before my shift I used to go on the deck just to admire all the beauty before me.”

pass an oral examination where a board of examiners from the South African Maritime Safety Authority grills potential officers to determine if they are qualified. In 2009, she also completed her diploma. Ngcobo returned to sea as a third navigation officer

Ngcobo says the sea is where she belongs but being on a vessel

on the Safmarine Nimba and was responsible for main-

for months on end can be daunting because of the homesickness.

taining safety equipment and a cargo operations watch

Ngcobo, from Clermont in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, was intro-

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Londiwe Ngcobo, South Africa's first female dredge master.

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TRAILBLAZER TRAILBLAZER

During this period she also got to explore the world.

father and here I am a young, black female giving orders

“I did the West African run, this included the Democratic Re-

to them. I have to say things in the most respectful way

public of Congo, Nigeria, Gabon, Senegal and Morocco. I also did the Far East run, which was China, Mauritius, Madagascar and Singapore, and the European run – which included some European countries.”

but at the same time ensure things get done.” She manages a crew of 18 and the vessel operates 24 hours a day. For Ngcobo and her crew Isandlwana is a home away

After travelling the globe, Ngcobo felt she needed a challenge and the idea of returning to South Africa started to grow on her.

from home, equipped with a kitchen, gym, cabins and lounge area.

In 2011 she landed a position with Transnet Dredging Services

“In the past I would be at sea for three months straight,

as a deck officer. Her duties included managing the crew, main-

but here it is different. I’m at sea for two weeks and the

tenance, and administration for the vessel.

other two I’m off, there is another crew that takes over.”

“I have always felt like there was a story that I needed to tell

Ngcobo says she loves sharing motherly warmth to

but first I needed to write my own story. When I joined Transnet

the crew as it consists of mostly males with just two

I was told that there had never been a female dredge master

females on board.

in the history of the company. I thought maybe this could be it - my unique story.”

She believes the maritime industry has evolved over the years and is currently giving a lot of exposure and

A 10-month ship handling course followed and a further two years of training before she was officially the country’s first female dredge master.

opportunities to black women in particular. With South African celebrating 20 years of Freedom, Ngcobo feels that those who fought for freedom have

Ngcobo says one the challenges of her position is managing members of the crew who are older than her. “I have to work with people who are old enough to be your

already paved the way for her. “I am a dredge master because of democracy,” she says.

Dredge master Londiwe Ngcobo believes that there are many opportunities for women in the maritime industry.

This & That How do you relax? I love swimming and reading. I’m currently reading A Hustler's Bible by Gayton McKenzie. Favourite food? Mogodu (tripe) and pizza. Three words that describe you? Creative, ambitious and bubbly. Favourite holiday destination? Dubai and Port St Johns, Eastern Cape.

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Department Profile

JUDGE

ESSA MOOSA

OFFICE OF THE DPCI JUDGE

Profile: Judge Essa Moosa

WHO IS JUDGE ESSA MOOSA?

Born: 8 February 1936

Judge Essa Moosa was born on 8 February 1936 in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa. He qualified as a lawyer and was admitted to practise by the Supreme Court of South Africa on 1 June 1962.

Position: Head of the Office of the Judge Education: Diploma in Law - University of Cape Town; Honorary Doctor of Law - University of the Western Cape Previous roles: Judge of the High Court of the Supreme Court in Cape Town; fouding and executive member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers; Secretary of the Constitutional Committee of the ANC; provincial election agent for the ANC in the Western Cape. Greatest achievement: Being appointed as a Judge of the High Court of the Supreme Court of South Africa by President Nelson Mandela in April 1998. Goals for the year ahead: To set up a fully functional Office of the Judge in Cape Town and Pretoria that investigates complaints against and from members of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (also known as the Hawks).

In April 1998 he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela as a judge of the High Court of the Supreme Court of South Africa and based in Cape Town. He retired officially from active service on 8 February 2011. He continues to hold the position of a judge and can be called upon, from time to time by the judiciary, to render service in his capacity as a judge. As a practising lawyer spanning over a period of more than 30 years, he specialised in human rights issues. During the apartheid era, he challenged in court human right violations such as detention without trial, freedom of association, expression, and movement. He acted for a number of prominent anti-apartheid nongovernmental and community-based organisations. He also represented leading anti-apartheid political and community activists who were detained without trial in terms of the security legislation and emergency regulations and those who were charged with various political offences. After the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1990, he served as the Secretary of the Constitutional Committee of the ANC. The Constitutional Committee gave logistical support to the ANC negotiation team led by Nelson Mandela for the establishment of a democratic, non-racial, and non-sexist South Africa. On 20 September 2012 he was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Law by the University of the Western Cape for his contribution to human rights generally and to the struggle particularly for democracy, freedom, equality, and dignity in South Africa.


ROLE, FUNCTIONS, AND MANDATE OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE

SMOKE AND MIRRORS

Essentially, the institution of the Office of the Judge was created in order to play an oversight role concerning the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation that is commonly known as The Hawks and was previously known as the Scorpions.

We had a case where the members of The Hawks were investigating an alleged crime committed by a particular person, and they raided the business premises. They ordered all the staff into a room, where they kept them while they started searching for evidence.

MANDATE

The suspect then complained saying that his rights and that of his staff had been violated. He stated that the Hawks had just arrived, put everyone into the room, pushed them around, and traumatised them. He thought that by complaining it might influence the investigation against him.

The primary function of the Office of the Judge as in oversight role is to investigate two types of complaints: •

Category 1 Complaint Shall be a complaint by any member of the public who can provide evidence of a serious and unlawful infringement of his or her rights caused by an investigation of the Hawks

Category 2 complaint Shall be a complaint by a member of the Hawks who can provide evidence of any improper influence or interference, whether of a political or other nature, exerted upon him or her regarding the conducting of his/her investigation

POWERS OF THE JUDGE

It is a serious crime on the face of it. We investigated the complaint to find out the verasity of the claim and whether there was any substance to it. The Hawks claimed that they did everything in terms of the law with the search and the raid. Not only that, but they took videos of the search and raid, so we were able to watch the videos. They also made the whole file of their investigation available to us. Judge Moosa looked at the file and it became obvious that the allegations were not valid. It was aimed at trying to deflect from the investigation. The Hawks were cleared of any wrong-doing.

The Office of the Judge may FORM AND MANNER OF COMPLAINT • • •

Obtain information and documents under the control of SAPS Enter any building or premises of the SAPS in order to obtain such information and documents; and Be entitled to all reasonable assistance by a member of the SAPS

NOTE: Refusal by SAPS members to comply with the request of the Office of the Judge is a criminal offence LIMITATIONS The Office of the Judge does not have enforcement powers: that is to say, that it cannot enforce any decisions it arrives at during the course of an investigation. However, it has the power to refer the matter to other organs of the state for further action. The role is essentially to report to the Minister of Police with each case that has been completed and make the recommendations to him or her. The Minister can then take the matter further from there. Once a year, because of our oversight role, we report to parliament on our performance. Parliament can then decide how they want to change or amend the law on the basis of our report, in order to make the Hawks more efficient and effective in its role.

• A complaint shall be made in writing in the form set out in Annexure 1 of the Regulations • A complaint made may be lodged by e-mail, fax, or post or be delivered at the Office of the Judge • The Office of the Judge may require from any complainant to submit any allegations in the form of an affidavit • Complaints may also be lodged at any Independent Police Investigative Directorate offices (IPID), which shall ensure that the complaint is submitted to the Office of the Judge without any delay • A person, who wishes to lodge a complaint at an office of the IPID, shall be assisted by personnel of the IPID to complete the prescribed form, if so requested

PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANT: BONGIWE MASELANA C/o 9th Floor, 120 Plein Street, Cape Town 8000. Tell: 021 467 7027 Cell: 082 459 3459, E-mail: MaselanaB@dpcijudge.gov.za


Writer: Seugnet van Zyl

fooD anD Wine

Jozi's best kept secret revealed T

urning his love for food into a lucrative business

dients and cooking with integrity. Having battled with weight-loss,

is the secret behind Paul Maciel, the Secret Jozi

Paul at one stage weighed over 130kg. “I learnt that food had a huge

Chef’s, success.

impact on me. I now respect my body and only put food into it

After 10 years of service in the media, Maciel took a

that adds value to my health.” This approach led to him shedding

leap of faith to follow his passion of creating delecta-

50kgs, and he developed a passion for promoting healthy eating.

ble dishes. Today, that risk has paid off, and Paul is the

He describes his cooking as South African Italian, which pays hom-

proud owner of Pronto, Johannesburg’s award winning

age to great Italian ingredients and recipes with some fine-tuning

Italian restaurant.

for the South African palate. With an Indian mother and Portuguese

Self-titled the Secret Jozi Chef, Paul is not a chef by

father, Paul was raised in Malawi. This inextricably diverse link of

training, yet his passion for the palate is what led him

food from all these cultures exposed Paul to all sorts of tastes and

to risk all, leap into the unknown and begin his journey

textures. “I was as comfortable with a spicy layered breyani as I was

driven by his love of food. In 2004 he swopped the

with boiled cod fish or nsima, which is the equivalent to pap in

corporate world for his culinary quest, and since then

Malawi. Being raised within those two cultures, food was always

has been creating his own unique masterpieces in the

a central part to celebration of any family event.”

kitchen. What started as a small deli, soon turned into

Paul shares some of his quick and easy recipes with us, to teach

a thriving restaurant, and Paul has never looked back.

you how to respect your food and your body. Try these healthy

Being a great cook, means having a respect for ingre-

meals at home.

tuna Chick Pea salad This is a quick, easy and tasty meal is great choice if you are on a diet and even if you aren’t. ingredients 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed

1 cup deseeded black olives

1 can solid tuna drained

2 tbsp capers

40g fresh baby rocket

60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½ large onion

40ml Balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp finely chopped parsley

Salt and pepper

1 cup chopped cherry tomato Drain and rinse the chick peas place in a large bowl. Drain the tuna and set aside. Add all the other ingredients and gently mix to combine. If you prepare the salad in advance don’t add the rocket, add the rocket at the last minute.

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griddle cakes Griddle Cakes, flapjacks, crumpets whatever you want to call them are quick and easy to make and are something different to enjoy at breakfast. Create your own premix by sieving the following dry ingredients together and storing them in an airtight jar, that way it takes less than five minutes to produce a batch, just add the wet ingredients when you need them and combine lightly. ingredients 1,5 cups cake flour

½ tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp oil

½ tsp bicarbonate

2 large eggs

2 tbsp sugar

1,5 cups milk

If you have a small family or you normally make breakfast for two, divide the flour mix into two jars. Stored in a jar, the ingredients should be good for up to two months. I challenge you to leave it that long. Sieve together the dry ingredients, and add the wet ingredients and mix well. Heat a pan with some oil, butter or non-stick spray and spoon in the amount of batter based on the size of griddle cake you want. For the adventurous eaters, add in chocolate chips and serve with a fresh chocolate sauce. Those opting for a healthier option can add some ricotta and honey to the mix and serve with low fat yoghurt; or raisins and a few teaspoons of oats.

tabouleh

¼ tsp ground cumin

ingredients

400g Danish feta cubed

1 x 500g packet cous cous

salt & pepper

30g mint

200g grilled aubergine

30g flat leaf parsley

150g roasted red peppers

30g dhania/ coriander leaves

60g rocket leaves

3 large tomatoes deseeded and

2 green chili finely sliced

diced

120ml Extra Virgin Olive oil

6 spring onions finely sliced

70ml white vinegar

1 can chick peas Prepare the cous cous to the pack instructions and set aside. Prepare and combine all other ingredients, except the olive oil, vinegar and cumin combine these separately. Add the cous cous to the herb and vegetable mix, and then dress, toss lightly to prevent it from going mushy. This salad is great even the day after.

For more recipes visit The Secret Jozi Chef on Facebook, or visit the Pronto restaurant at the Colony Shopping Centre on Jan Smuts Avenue in Johannesburg.

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AERIAL VIEW

Writer: Amukelani Chauke

Public Service and Administration pursues excellence

T

here has been plenty of fine-tuning over the past year to ensure a service delivery-oriented Public Service

He said the Bill seeks, among others, to: -

ples referred to in section 195(1) of the Constitution in

that looks after its employees to encourage them to

the public administration.

improve the lives of the people of South Africa. This includes the passing of the Public Administration and

-

Management Bill, the launch of the National School of Government and the production of a draft policy to introduce a

-

Regulate the candidature of employees during elections.

-

In the report, DPSA Director-General Mashwahle Diphofa said such interventions were part of the Public Service’s struc-

Regulate the prohibition of employees to do business with the state.

-

Administration’s (DPSA) annual report for the 2013/ 14 financial year, which was recently tabled before Parliament.

Provide for the transfer and secondment of employees in the Public Service.

new housing scheme, among others. This is according to the Department of Public Service and

Provide for the promotion of basic values and princi-

Provide for anti-corruption measures that include establishing an anti-corruption bureau.

-

Inculcate a culture of compliance by institutions and

tural transformation, as well as policy development, moderni-

employees within the public administration by provid-

sation and focused implementation since 1994.

ing for the establishment of the Office of Standards

“Looking ahead, the DPSA will consolidate its plans in a manner that seeks to take forward the implementation of

and Compliance. -

Regulate capacity development and training within

the National Development Plan (NDP). In this regard, Chap-

the public administration by providing for the National

ters 13 and 14 of the NDP are relevant to the mandate of the

School of Government.

department as they talk directly to the creation of an enabling

“To give effect to [these goals], the [then] Minister of Public

environment which is critical for the implementation of the

Service and Administration established the National

rest of the actions of the NDP,” he said.

School of Government, the Office of Standards and Compliance.”

The Public Administration and Management Bill

Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary

To promote employee ethics and improve service delivery the

Technical Assistance Unit to provide technical assis-

NDP proposes the professionalisation of the Public Service,

tance and support to institutions in all spheres of gov-

which comprises about 1,2 million employees.

ernment regarding management of ethics, integrity

Professionalisation will contribute to having an effective, efficient, transparent and accountable state machinery that

He added that government would also establish the

and disciplinary matters relating to misconduct within the public administration.

will serve the needs of the nation. Over the past year, the National Assembly passed the Public

Under the leadership of the former Minister of the

vote and referred it to President Jacob Zuma for his assent.

DPSA, Lindiwe Sisulu, the department launched the

The Director-General said once the Bill had been signed into law, the department would implement the Act in phases.

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Highlights of the year

Administration and Management Bill of 2013 by a majority

Batho Pele Call Centre simultaneously with the Service Charter.

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The call centre, the Minister Sisulu said, was launched in a quest to professionalise the Public Service. “By calling the Batho Pele Call Centre, the public will be able to communicate directly with the Public Service on any experience they have had or to request assistance,” she said. During this period: -

The department also launched the first ever National Annual Batho Pele Excellence Awards to “recognise excellence in the Public Service, acknowledge and encourage it and entrench the culture of professionalisation”.

-

President Zuma announced the establishment of the Presidential Remuneration Commission, which will investigate the appropriateness of the remuneration and conditions of service provided by the state to all its employees.

-

The state agreed to the introduction of the Government Housing Scheme to enable public servants who cannot afford home loans but who do not qualify for social housing to be able to own a house. DPSA Minister Collins Chabane has been in discussions with unions and the banking industry in a bid to make this proposal a reality.

-

The department started rolling out the e-Disclosure system - designed in collaboration with the State Information Technology Agency - to ensure that all senior

-

-

managers disclose their financial interests in a bid to

“During the period under review, South Africa’s ascension to

entrench the spirit of clean governance. The system is

the African charter on values and principles of the Public Ser-

also being rolled out to national and provincial depart-

vice and Administration have been approved by the Cabinet

ments.

and ratified by Parliament,” she said.

A new protocol for recruitment and filling of advertised posts of deputy directors-general and heads of de-

Notable achievements in administration

partments was approved by the Cabinet and is being

Human Resource Management has been identified as a key

implemented.

performance area (KPA) that needs to be managed and moni-

The Public Service and Integrity Management Frame-

tored as it is impossible to professionalise the public service

work was approved and the DPSA is currently briefing

without first making sure that this area is well looked after.

all provinces.

Challenges that have confronted the Public Service include

The Minister Sisulu also said that the much-antic-

a high vacancy rate. When government’s delivery agreement

ipated review of the Handbook for Members of the

was signed in 2010, the vacancy rate stood at 19 per cent. This

Executive and Presiding Officers had been completed

was because of the long time taken to fill vacant posts. De-

and would be tabled before Cabinet, but a date for this

partments took up to nine months to make an appointment.

had not been set.

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By January this year, the average vacancy rate had been >>

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CORE VALUES

MTK Corporate Solutions (Pty) Ltd is a business development service provider established in 2000 and aims to provide state of the art business processes development services and financial management services using highly qualified and productive/ professional personnel in the industry.

• To develop learning and oriented employees. • Skills of our employees’ must be developed, evaluated and refined • To keep pace with change and maintain a competitive edge • To hire the right qualified people/employees • To help each other to be successful • To create clarity in the organization i.e. clarity of purpose, direction, structure and measurement of results. Determined to communicate our values and philosophies to our customers • To provide our employees with appropriate reward system • To create an experimental and learning attitude towards our employees • To invest and plough back to the communities where we draw our workforce • Shareholders, management and employees to share victories and setbacks together like a family

MTK was established by Professor Hadebe (Dip. Entrepreneur Management, Business Management [UP], Dip. Business Management [Damelin], Dip. Advanced Marketing, BBA, BCOM (Fin) MBA, PhD [NU]) who is a hard worker and leaves no stone unturned for his and the company’s betterment. The company aims to provide the state of the art business development services and financial management services using highly qualified, productive and professional personnel. By being afforded business development services and financial management contracts and projects, we create jobs and lift the living standards of South African people. This creates a sense of self-worth and purpose, thereby reducing the dependence of jobless people stretching the resources of Government. Our services and products are designed to meet the need and requirements of our customers. MTK is a force to be reckoned with in the corporate world. We always strive for the sky in the betterment of our services and our customer’s needs. All of our work is guaranteed.

OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES • • • • •

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AERIAL VIEW

Winners of the 2013 Batho Pele Excellence Awards personify a professional, dedicated and innovative Public Service.

reduced to 9,56 per cent, meaning it took departments

nities through the use of technology. The Minister will

just over four months to fill a post between January and

finalise the policy and guidelines during the current financial year for implementation in April 2015.

December last year. Linked to this, unemployment remains a global chal-

-

The e-Government policy framework of 2001 was up-

lenge and in South Africa the unemployment rate is

dated and made relevant to the current technology

stubbornly high.

environment over the past year. The draft policy, which

According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), the

will also be extended to local government, has been

unemployment rate for the country’s population of

completed and submitted for the Minister’s approval.

54 million stood at 25,5 per cent in the second quarter

-

An assessment of the effectiveness of the anti-corrup-

of 2014, with young people comprising the majority of

tion framework, which was first adopted by Cabinet

unemployed South Africans.

in 2003, was conducted from April 2012 to March

To tackle this problem, the Public Service, which re-

2013. This was done to ascertain the effectiveness of

mains the biggest employer, started recruiting gradu-

anti-corruption measures employed by institutions of

ates and youths by offering internships, learnerships

government and identify gaps and best practices in combating corruption within the Public Service.

and apprenticeships. Over the past year, DPSA helped departments recruit 27 350 young people against a target of 15 000. Since 2009/10, 88 820 youths have been recruited to take up these opportunities in the Public Service.

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The Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI), one of the department’s agencies responsible for encouraging and supporting the use of innovation in the public service to improve service delivery, developed and

According to the annual report, data stretching to

implemented numerous interventions. These include

March 2014 shows that 98 820 young people were

the a Multi-Media Innovation Centre, Honeydew Police

recruited into the Public Service at both national and

CCTV/ Nerve centre, Helen Joseph Hospital Energy Ef-

provincial department level as interns, learners and

ficiency Project and the Auxiliary Nurses’ Training pro-

apprentices.

gramme in Limpopo.

Other achievements include: -

The Government Employees Medical Schemes grew

The development of the e-Learning policy and guide-

its membership by more than 54 per cent and won the

lines, aimed at improving access to learning opportu-

Ask Afrika Orange Index Award again.

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in OTHER NEWS

Compiled by Albert Pule, Andile Cele and Ursula Graaff

Government goes digital It was all things digital as the newly formed Department of Communications, in partnership with South African social network Mxit, hosted a Government Digital Day in Pretoria. Speaking at the event, Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said Mxit was a great platform to interact with the youth as research showed that 65 per cent of Mxit users were between the ages of 18 and 35. The Deputy Minister also emphasised the importance of moving with current trends, saying, “We want to move forward. We want to be where the world is.”

Communications Deputy MInister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Aslam Levy, DoC's Director: EIR and Social Media, interacting with the public on Digital Day.

She also encouraged communicators to strive to provide information to the public. “We have to occupy all the platforms that are out there, including relevant age groups.”

to successfully communicate the Presidential Inauguration Campaign and the Tell Your Story Campaign. The South African Government App that is available on Mxit provides

The Deputy Minister stressed the importance

users with information about government activities and initiatives. The

of an informed society, saying people could only

Department of Transport also has an app on Mxit, which is used to com-

move forward if they were informed and empow-

municate various campaigns and initiatives.

ered. Together with Mxit, government has managed

After the event, the Deputy Minister participated in a live chat on Twitter where she answered questions about government services.

SA’s researchers honoured

Witwatersrand and the University of KwaZulu-Natal were recognised

Minister of Science and Technology Minister Naledi

for their lifelong research achievements and the impact of these achieve-

Pandor heaped praise on South Africa’s researchers

ments on society.

when she announced the recipients of the 2014 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel in Johannesburg recently.

Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the NRF, said: “With the success of research comes the acknowledgement of those who have committed their careers to pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge. “The NRF Awards celebrate the work of the country’s rated researchers by highlighting their achievements. For the NRF, our work will continue to

The NRF Awards acknowledge researchers

support the country's research community, enabling established scien-

judged by their peers to have distinguished them-

tists to continue their valuable contributions to South Africa's knowledge

selves in their fields.

economy, as well as providing the means for our next generation of re-

Congratulating all the winners, Minister Pandor singled out Professors Opie and Coovadia, who received lifetime achievement awards. “I am in awe of your work and I thank you, on behalf of the South African people, from the bottom of my heart,” said the Minister. Prof. Lionel Opie of the University of Cape Town and Prof. Hoosen Coovadia of the University of

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searchers and emerging researchers to continue pushing the boundaries of human knowledge.” The NRF rating system used to evaluate researchers is a world-respected benchmark based on peer review of the quality and impact of the work of researchers. A-rated researchers have been recognised by their peers as leading international scholars. The following received A1 ratings (recognised by all reviewers):

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Prof. JWV (Wentzel) van Huyssteen of Stellenbosch University.

Prof. RK (Richard) Haynes of North-West University.

Prof. MJ (Michael) Wingfield of the University of Pretoria.

Prof. CG (Cornie) van der Merwe of Stellenbosch Uni-

of reviewers):

Prof. BD (Brenda) Wingfield of the University of Pretoria.

Prof. R (Robin) Wood of the University of Cape Town.

versity.

The following received A2 ratings (recognised by the majority Prof. F (Fernando) Albericio of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Presidential Hotline a success Five years after its launch, the Presidential Hotline has recorded remarkable success. The hotline was established to give citizens a platform to report and resolve queries relating to government services, especially in cases where calls to local authorities or national departments were not yielding results. According to the Governance and Administration Cluster, by March 2014, 190 000 complaints and queries had been logged thanks to the hotline and the resolution rate was 95 per cent. This is an improvement year-on-year from a resolution rate of 64 per cent (end of September 2010), 78 per cent (end of October 2011) and 87 per cent (end of October 2012). Telephonic citizen satisfaction surveys for the Presidential Hotline indicated that by March 2014, 75 per cent of the 14 705 citizens surveyed rated the service fair to good.

President Jacob Zuma listens to the concerns of the citizens on the Presidential Hotline.

Sanral wins top employer award The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has received a top employer award for keeping its staff happy. Top Employers Institute, an international organisation that has its head office in the Netherlands, recognised Sanral as a top employer at an awards ceremony in Gauteng recently. The institute recognises leading employers around the world, with the focus on those which provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation and strive to continuously optimise employment practices. “Sanral is particularly pleased of this achievement,” said Heidi Harper, Corporate Services Executive of the roads agency. “The agency builds, maintains and manages some of the best roads worldwide, something which can only be done when an organisation has dedicated, trained staff. This has now been recognised.” Speaking at the awards ceremony Sanral’s CEO Nazir Alli said: “We have put in a lot of effort in the past 16 years of our existence to make Sanral an employer of choice. This includes providing our staff with security and stability, competitive salaries and benefits packages, encouraging a work-life balance and providing the opportunity for career progression. These are all factors that matter to our colleagues.” Alli emphasised what ultimately matters in being a good employer is having colleagues who are engaged with their roles and their organisation. “There are huge benefits for an organisation in terms of staff engagement. Colleagues who are highly engaged produce results and this has shown in the quality of roads the agency delivers and the successive unqualified audit reports we have had,” said Alli who dedicated the award to all Sanral colleagues.

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INTERNATIONAL rELATIONS

Writer: Chris Bathembu

World leaders tackle pressing global issues

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very year, scores of heads of state and government temporarily put aside the issues in their home countries and head for the United

Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in midtown Manhattan, New York, to discuss critical issues facing the globe. The UNGA is the only platform that gathers more than 120 world leaders under one roof. After a pe-

riod of international crises in 2014, including the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, this year’s General Assembly, which took place at the UN headquarters on 22 September, was not going to be easy. World leaders needed to find solutions to the Ebola crisis, increasing concerns over climate change and the insurgence of extremist groups such as

President Jacob Zuma addresses the United Nations General Assembly.

the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the crisis in Ukraine. A brutal civil war in Syria has already killed nearly 200 000 people and

the world behind South Africa’s campaign to transform

displaced millions. This year’s GA was also crucial as it took place

the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and for

ahead of the rapidly approaching target date for achieving the

Africa to have permanent seats in the council. He also

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

focused on the progress South Africa had made in at-

It may be easy for many people, particularly if you are in South Africa, to see some of these as distant problems. However, the

“South Africa has recorded impressive progress

nature of the world today and the problems of the 21st century,

through the expansion of health infrastructure and im-

as seen with the recent global financial crisis, make it difficult for

proved access to health services for all South Africans,”

any single nation to insulate itself from global issues.

President Zuma said.

The General Assembly allocates presidents and prime ministers

While the content of the speeches delivered by

15 minutes to participate in a debate on several issues affecting

Presidents Obama and Zuma was very different, both

the globe. While many leaders use the platform to promote their

touched on issues the two leaders feel need the atten-

country’s national interests, it is what they eventually agree on that

tion of the world.

defines the success of the talks.

When President Zuma arrived in New York The Presi-

United States President Barack Obama, for instance, used his time

dency issued a statement saying South Africa’s partici-

at the General Assembly debate to declare America’s war against

pation at the summit would be informed by national

terrorism and extremist groups. President Obama also spent a large

interests and priorities, its regional and continental

part of his speech criticising Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

commitments, as well as its aspirations for a prosper-

On the other hand, President Jacob Zuma used his speech to rally

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taining its MDGs.

ous world at peace with itself.

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Therefore President Zuma’s em-

effectively gives the five countries the license to make deci-

phasis on South Africa’s progress

sions for the more than 215 countries who are members of

in meeting the MDGs and the

the UN. President Zuma’s plea to the General Assembly came

transformation of the UNSC did

amid an on-going debate that Africa should be given at least

not come as a surprise.

two permanent seats in the UNSC. It’s a justifiable call, accord-

“Some contentious aspects of

ing to one analyst.

the UN system, such as the veto

“Veto power, seen by many as the most unfair and inequitable

powers and the exclusion of re-

law of the world, which enables a powerful and authoritative

gions such as Africa in the Security

minority to determine the fate of an indispensable and subju-

Council, are some of the critical

gated majority, is unquestionably an insult to the insight and

matters that cannot be ignored

perception of the international community,” Kourosh Ziabari

in the quest for transformation,”

wrote in Global Research recently.

President Zuma told the packed General Assembly to applause.

Ziabari argues that the permanent members of the UNSC are free to exercise their right of veto whenever they wish, and

But, why did President Zuma de-

nobody can question the legitimacy or justifiability of this ap-

cide to dedicate so much time to

proach. Several international organisations, lawyers and law-

these two issues? Let’s begin with

makers, journalists, politicians and even statesmen have put

the UNSC.

forward alternatives to the right of veto wielded by the big five,

The issue of reform of the UNSC

but their efforts have been in vain.

has been on the table for some

With the UN marking its 70 years of existence next year, Presi-

time now. The council is the UN’s

dent Zuma pleaded with the world body to consider Africa’s

most powerful body. It helps to

call for permanent representation in the council.

shape international law and is

“When we converge here next year, on the 70th year of the

the first to respond to crises. The

UN, we should be able to adopt a concrete programme that will

UNSC has the power to establish peacekeeping mis-

guide us towards a strengthened UN and a reformed Security

sions, impose international sanctions and authorise

Council”, he said.

military action whenever necessary.

Away from the UNSC and the politics of transformation, the

Only five permanent members, namely China, Russia,

General Assembly had to deal with another contentious matter:

Britain, France and the US, have the power to direct

the issue of the MDGs, which many African countries are not

the council to perform these functions. The 54-nation

likely to meet. The MDGs are eight goals set by the UN in 2000

African continent is represented by only three non-

and range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the

permanent members without veto power in the UNSC.

spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education

This places Africa in a precarious position, considering

by the target date of 2015. The MDGs have been seen as the

that most issues the UNSC has to deal with emanate

most successful global anti-poverty push in history.

from the continent. There are many examples. The

Despite the progress that the continent has made, reports

UNSC intervened in crises in Mali without the approval

continue to show that Africa is lagging behind in terms of at-

of the African Union Peace and Security Council and

taining some of the goals.

there was an outcry after the NATO airstrikes in Libya

When he spoke at the General Assembly, UN Secretary-General

during protests that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Ban Ki-moon credited the goals for having “helped to lift” nearly

The only time African countries get a seat in the UNSC

one billion people out of extreme poverty. Ban also credited

is when they are elected as non-permanent members

the MDGs for increasing access to universal primary education,

on a rotating basis with no veto powers. The veto power

reducing maternal and infant mortality by nearly 50 per cent, >>

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and expanding access to clean drinking water. With less than 300 days before deadline, it’s not look-

improved access to health services for all South Africans,” President Zuma told the UN.

ing good for the majority of African countries that have

“On the reduction of child mortality, MDG 4, and the im-

signed up for these goals though. Some countries

provement of maternal health, MDG 5, significant progress

blame political instability for their failure to meet the

has been recorded, but more work remains. In fact, more

MDGs, but analysts say the global economic crisis has

work remains worldwide to fully achieve these goals, espe-

also slowed down growth in some countries. This meant

cially in the developing world.”

that budgets had to be cut and some of the goals

President Zuma said Africa had to confront those underly-

could not be met. Countries like Somalia, Malawi and

ing root causes that continued to make it impossible for its

many in the western Sahara were affected by years of

people to have a better life.

drought, floods, lack of foreign investment and outbreaks of disease. For its part, South Africa has made inroads in meeting some of the goals. This includes the country’s progress

There are proposals to replace the MDGs with what is being referred to as the new sustainable development goals, which outline 17 goals and 169 targets. The MDGs have just eight goals and 21 targets.

in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger through its

Ban said the new agenda should promote sustained and

social security system in the form of grants and work

inclusive economic growth, safeguard the future of the plan-

opportunities linked to the Expanded Public Works

et, and lead to the achievement of sustainable development.

Programme. In education, South Africa introduced no-fee schools and universal primary education and compulsory

President Zuma said the post-2015 Global Development Agenda would “provide a frame of reference for our collective agreement on what has to be done”.

schooling for children aged seven to 15. The country

“We reiterate that developed countries should be reliable

has also recorded major successes in the fight against

partners and meet their commitment to development goals,

HIV and AIDS.

such as contributing 0.7 per cent of their gross national

“South Africa has recorded impressive progress through the expansion of health infrastructure and

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income towards Official Development Assistance,” he asserted.

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PROVINCIAL FOCUS

Writer: Noluthando Mkhize Photographer: Londa Zondi

plans to improve the province’s finances. “My key focus will be on financial management control. We should be actively involved in inspecting the finances of departments. This is happening but we need to be much more robust in our intervention. “I’m very firm in refocusing budgets according to strategic objectives of government and the National Development Plan, which I know will not make me very popular. I feel there is a lot of frills and nice to haves that need to be removed.” According to the MEC, some government departments can sometimes be “excessive” in their spending. She would like to see departments scaling down the events they host. The expenditure of public entities will be reviewed and events expenditure will be regulated with use being made of government buildings rather than hiring marquees or the use of private venues and facilities. MEC Scott also called for the provincial Budget to be examined more closely. “We might have had a function in the past that is no longer relevant. Our needs and focus have changed. KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Belinda Scott is more than ready for her new role.

MEC Scott to rein in KZN spending

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inputs of new revenue. We have to do better with what we have.” She will give attention to financial management control and refocusing budgets according to the strategic objectives of government and the National Development Plan.

fter spending nine years as chairperson of the Portfolio

A passion for forensic investigations

Committee on Finance in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Legis-

MEC Scott is determined to bring to book those found

lature, recently appointed MEC of Finance Belinda Scott is

guilty of defrauding the province.

more than prepared for the new role.

During the 2013/14 financial year, out of the 42 cases

MEC Scott, who describes herself as a veteran parliamentarian

referred for prosecution, 12 of them (to the value of

after 20 years at the legislature, says it was attention to detail that

R 271 591) were successfully prosecuted. Twenty-five

steered her in the direction of finance.

people were arrested and 37 convicted with R 61, 7

“When I came to Parliament it was only natural that I would gravi-

million to be paid back.

tate towards finance even though I did not have a financial degree.

Soon after taking office the MEC called in her foren-

My attention to detail and meticulousness played a role in me being

sic team and identified five major investigations that

chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Finance for nine years.”

needed attention.

She “loved” that role because it allowed her to develop an in-depth knowledge of treasury. MEC Scott is excited about her new role and eager to put in place

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We are in a situation where we are not expecting huge

“I want to put my efforts into accelerating the process of litigation. I have gone as far as meeting with the National Prosecuting Authority and the Deputy

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Minister of Justice and Correctional Service to get this

pick up any audited financial statement of a department there is

process going.”

just a host of huge procurement irregularities.”

She also met with KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chimanlal Patel to discuss the possibility of freeing up

Getting KZN out of financial woes

a court that would be dedicated to prosecuting cases

MEC Scott said the province has had its fair share of financial woes,

arising from the forensic investigations taking place at

particularly in the 2009/10 financial year, when the province had

provincial government departments.

an overdraft of R2 billion. This was a result of high spending by

“Not all forensic investigations are conducted by treasury, some a conducted by departments. I want a central database because once the forensic investigations are complete I want to ensure that the recommendations are carried out. “I do not believe enough people are being prosecut-

the provincial departments of health and education. The KZN Cabinet had to act quickly to bring over-expenditure under control by devising the Provincial Recovery Plan. “The Provincial Recovery Plan spearheaded the cost containment measures before National Treasury introduced cost containment measures.”

ed. I do not believe that senior civil servants are being

The first step was to reduce goods and services procured by de-

held accountable for discrepancies and mismanage-

partments by 7,5 per cent to allow the province to start repaying

ment in departments.”

the overdraft. This was expected to take three years. “The Provincial Recovery Plan resulted in the bank overdraft be-

Managing contracts better The MEC said her department was currently rolling

ing repaid in a mere 18 months and not the initial three years.” MEC Scott said cost containment measures were now the norm

out an administration-based contract management

in KwaZulu-Natal and were updated and re-issued to departments

system.

yearly.

“Once this system is fully functional in departments, we

“If you have a look at cost containment measures, there is nothing

will then introduce an IT-based contract management

there that should not have been there in the first place. It’s about

tool that will ensure better management of contracts

good governance and ensuring that good governance principles

in the province.”

are adhered too.”

An eProcurement tool is also expected be rolled out by the end of 2015. This will enable a standard pricing

The MEC said provincial departments were very aware of their responsibility to cut costs.

policy for goods and services to ensure that govern-

“I think that this province is a lot cleaner than other provinces…

ment is not over-charged and alleviate procurement

You do not find a plethora of public servants travelling business

irregularities.

class as in the past. You do not find lavish engagements.”

Biometric access is also in place for officials who have access to Persal and the Basic Accounting System, by

No tolerance for wasteful expenditure

fingerprint tracking. This allows a cleaner audit trail than

MEC Scott explained that unauthorised expenditure occurred

password access.

when a department overspent its budget. “Basically it spends money it doesn’t have... I do not tolerate it. We

Supply chain management a problem area

have a cash blocking system that has been introduced by National

She also stressed the importance of supply chain man-

their monthly budgeted amount they are blocked.”

Treasury. When a department starts over-spending or going over

agement, saying a review of a department’s audited financial statements usually indicated this was where

Operation “We Pay on Time”

fraud and corruption crept in.

With complaints from service providers about government depart-

“If we had a central contract review process with an

ments taking too long to pay for work procured, MEC Scott says

eProcurement tool we could go a long way in address-

her province launched Operation “We Pay on Time” in 2011 to curb

ing deficiencies in supply chain management. If you

the problem.

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PROVINCIAL FOCUS

The programme is bearing fruit with 81,9 per cent of all invoices paid within 30 days of receipt of the invoice. A further 12,4 per cent was paid between 31 and 60 days, 3,3 per cent paid within 61 to 90 days, and 2,4 per cent was paid after 90 days. “There is a dedicated team that focuses on payments of service providers. Our goal for the financial year is to pay 90 per cent of payment within 30 days.” The MEC was ecstatic that seven municipalities - Uthungula District, Msinga, Ntambanana, Ubuhlebezwe, uMhlathuze, Mzimkhulu and Okhahlamba (which was once under administration) - all received clean audits from the Auditor-General. Municipal entities were included in the good news with the Durban Marine Theme Park, Safe City Pietermaritzburg, uThungulu House Development Trust and uThungulu Financing Partnership also receiving clean audits for the 2012/13 financial year. In the previous year financial only one municipality in KwaZulu-Natal received a clean audit.

MEC Scott has served on the provincial Portfolio Committee on Economic Development and Tourism, Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. She holds a Master's in Social Sciences from the former University of Natal now known as the University of KwaZulu-Natal

This and that

KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Belinda Scott.

Do you prefer traditional or gourmet food?

What does your family think of your job?

I am a very clean eater. I love salads and am basically

My family is very supportive of my job.

a health freak. How do you relax? What is one thing that most people don’t know

I love reading. I am currently reading Mrs. Sinclair's Suit-

about you?

case by Louise Walters. I love being on my own. I have

I am an equestrian. I love horses. I have an ex-cham-

a beautiful rose garden. I sit in my garden and I read.

pion thoroughbred named Olympic.

I love quiet spaces.

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PSM

Public Sector Manager Forum

Writer: Albert Pule Photographer: Linda Mthombeni

Building libraries, securing

a future in Limpopo

T

he MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture in Limpopo, Nandi

Shiluvane Library in the Mopani District Municipality,

Ndalane, is on a mission to ensure that residents of the

Saselamani Library in the Vhembe District Municipal-

province are well educated and she is relying on libraries

ity, Mulati Library in the Mopani District Municipality

to help achieve this. Speaking to stakeholders at a recent Public Sector Manager Fo-

and Shongoane Library in the Waterberg District Municipality.

rum hosted by the Musina Local Municipality in Limpopo, MEC

“We have also commenced with the construction of

Ndalane said her department should work closely with munici-

two new libraries at Nzhelele in the Vhembe District

palities to deliver on its mandate of building libraries across the

Municipality and Phokwane in the Sekhukhune District

province.

Municipality”.

“As a department we are responsible for the construction of

In the 2014/15 financial year, libraries will be built in

libraries at different municipalities. This year we have opened

Rooiberg in Thabazimbi Local Municipality, Ramokgopa

three libraries in Vhembe already.

in Molemole Local Municipality, and Eldorado in the

“We build libraries because as the National Development Plan

Blouberg Local Municipality.

sets out, we are responsible for nation building and social cohe-

She added that other libraries would be upgraded this

sion. For us to achieve that we believe we should have a well-

financial year. “Through the same collaboration with

educated population.”

Public Works, the upgrading and maintenance of 18

During her departmental Budget Vote earlier this year, MEC

more libraries is planned for the 2014/15 financial year.

Ndalane committed her department to building more libraries

“The department is also embarking on a dual-purpose

to promote the culture of reading. “In the next few weeks we will be opening the following libraries:

pilot project for upgrading of school libraries.” The department would also fill the libraries with learn-

Limpopo's Sports, Arts and Culture MEC Nandi Ndalane told a recent PSM Forum that her department would continue building libraries across the province.

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Delegates attending the PSM Forum listens to MEC Ndalane's plans for Limpopo's arts, culture and sports sectors.

ing materials, added the MEC.

infrastructure for us.”

“For this current year the department has a target of

She added that the department would host a sports indaba

purchasing 30 000 [items of ] library material at a cost

to deal with issues facing the sports fraternity in the province.

of R6 million. This will go a long way in equipping our libraries with relevant material and up-to-date information.”

“I am asking you to come and participate and help us improve our service delivery model,” she said. MEC Ndalane encouraged delegates at the forum to join clubs to keep fit and participate in sporting activities.

Sports and culture bring people together

“I encourage all of you gathered here today to help us form

Sports and cultural events are renowned for bringing

walk and running clubs. We should find a way to reduce the

people from all walks of life together. Recently, the

number of people with high blood pressure in our communi-

department hosted various activities to celebrate arts

ties. It is possible through simply exercise such as walking.”

and culture in the province. This included Heritage Day celebrations, Freedom Day in April at Makhado Municipality, Africa Day at Mutale and the province will also celebrate the Mapungubwe Arts Festival. “All these we don’t do because we have too much money but because they are important and are necessary to do. These events bring our people together and through them we teach each other about our heritage, history and culture,” she said at the forum. She added that the events hosted by the department should be used to give artists from the province the opportunity to learn from each other and express their talent. “We use these events to showcase the local talent. Our artists learn more from each other as well.” MEC Ndalane told the forum that municipalities should play a role in helping the department bring people together through sporting events by providing infrastructure. “As a department we do not do stadiums and play fields. We depend on municipalities to provide that Deputy Director-General of the Department of Communications, Harold Maloka, presents MEC Ndalane with a token of appreciation.

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FEATURE

Writer: Amukelani Chauke

“The … programme linked to that is that we must have skills … where ordinary people from low-level to high-level skills can manage these networks so that they can train people to be able to engage with this new internet revolution. “So the skills are going to be very key. Ultimately we have to ensure that the government as a whole moves to digital stage. They move up the technology field, they move away from papers to using technology to communicate with our people so that citizens can interact much easier with government, particularly the front-line departments. That is a priority for the next five years.” The National Development Plan, South Africa’s policy framework aimed at improving the lives of all South Africans by 2030, advocates a capable and effective state Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

that embraces innovative ways of delivering services. Introducing e-Governance is

Government to

go digital to boost service delivery

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the Public Service. Moving from paper to digital services would also help reduce long queues at government departments and improve the time it takes to serve a customer, the Minister said. For example, customers wanting to visit

rom sending telegraphs to emails, from sending post cards to instantly

the Department of Transport to register

sharing holiday pictures with friends on Facebook, Twitter or Insta-

or renew their vehicle registration papers

gram; the world of communication has evolved and entered a new era.

could download application forms in the

By using digital platforms such as Twitter, for example, the state is now

comfort of their homes, fill out the forms

able to communicate with citizens. And this - a Public Service that moves with the times and uses digital tools for service delivery - is what Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele wants. Speaking to Public Sector Manager magazine, the Minister said going digital and embracing “the internet of things” was the direction in which the Public Service was headed. He said the time had come to introduce e-Governance, where civil servants offer citizens a user-friendly and effective way to access services.

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a step that is expected to professionalise

electronically and save them. The customer would then go to the department with a filled out application form, meaning a shorter waiting time. Minister Cwele said e-Governance could even address the late delivery of learning material to primary and high school learners.

“The key thing is how … we make sure that we increase the penetration of

“If we connect our schools … students

Internet to South Africans. We have this policy called South Africa Connect,

will be able to download the [learning

which is a policy for broadband roll out … to all the areas.

material] because they have access to the

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internet. We won’t have a problem of printing books

policy, but government cannot not do it alone.

and distributing books like we had in other provinces;

The Minister said there was a need to forge partnerships with the

we can have a mechanism of buying these books elec-

private sector so that infrastructure sharing could speed up the much-

tronically and put them on the internet and the learners

needed digital transition.

can read them any time on a tablet, which we will be able to issue every child in the future. “It also changes the teaching methodology, where

“During my first week in office I engaged with most of the department's stakeholders. I am starting now to engage with private stakeholders.

you can have one teacher teaching hundreds or thou-

“The key thing is how do you maximise the capacity we have as gov-

sands of students at different schools at the same time

ernment and how do we then direct the private sector to invest where

if the schools are connected,” he explained.

we can have visible returns? … As government we are not going to

The Minister said e-Governance could also extend to the distribution of health services. One way to ensure a healthy nation, which is one of government’s top priorities, is to have people in remote areas linked to advanced areas where there were specialists, he noted.

be able to roll out this network on our own. We need … collaboration with the private sector. “We must find a way in which we will talk to the private sector in a manner that will encourage them to invest in the public sector.” He said beyond infrastructure, it was important to equip people with the skills they need to operate and manage it.

“… There is e-Health and the starting phase will be

In that regard, his department was working closely with the Depart-

in the pilot projects of the National Health Insurance

ments of Basic Education and Higher Education to ensure that young

(NHI), which will try to connect to those areas.”

people, particularly women, were trained as technicians and engineers.

Minister Cwele also said there were plans to corpora-

Other programmes, the Minister added, would include giving public

tise Postbank – the South African Post Office Bank - to

servants the skills they need to use the new technologies required to

roll out banking services to rural areas.

roll out the digital programme.

The process was currently with the Reserve Bank and that he hoped it would be finalised soon.

Brace for a technological revolution The Minister said government was doing all it could to prepare South

Infrastructure audit underway

Africans for a “technological revolution” that was set to change lives.

The Minister added that for e-Governance to be rolled

Government was cognisant of international information and com-

out effectively it was necessary to ensure that depart-

munication technologies (ICTs) developments and would strive to

ments across all spheres of government shared tech-

bring the same level of development to the country, he added.

nological infrastructure and that no infrastructure was

By 2025, the world’s population would have moved “from having

duplicated. This move is expected to save millions of

no or limited Internet access to having total access - most probably

rands.

through a mobile device”, added Minister Cwele.

“There is a programme now in the department where

He said the growing use of ICTs had become characteristic of the >>

we are engaging with local government and provincial government to see how we can coordinate this thing to ensure that we invest e–wisely to ensure that we don’t have unnecessary redundancy. “That dialogue is on-going; our officials have visited many of our provinces right now. They are still going to visit other provinces because the policy talks about infrastructure sharing and connection. So they are looking at all these things to have an audit of the infrastructure. We have to avoid duplicate investments,” he said. e-Governance is part of the department’s overall information and communications technology (ICT )

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era in which South Africans live, adding that currently over 2, 4 billion people worldwide were connected to the internet.

the African continent was an opportunity to be seized. “Ensuring that the young men and women of our country have not only the e-skills, but also the e-astuteness to take advantage

“The rapid manner in which ICTs continue to trans-

of the advent of the society of the ‘internet of things’ is vital to

form all aspects of our lives [is] acknowledged. The

reaching this target and overcoming the challenge of poverty,

World Economic Forum highlighted the shift towards

inequality and joblessness facing South Africa.”

‘the internet of things’. “Simply put, it refers to the growing number of de-

Keeping up with the times

vices that are connected to the internet, and to each

The Minister said while the country was heralding new ways of

other. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)

communicating, a section of the population was still holding onto

predicts some 25 billion devices will be connected by

ancient methods for dear life.

2015, and 50 billion by 2020,” said the Minister.

“One of our entities was telling me that they are being taken to

Cisco South Africa partnered with the then Commu-

court by one of our clever South Africans because they are still

nications Department in 2009 to train higher education

using the telegram, so we will be watching this court case with

students to become computer technicians.

interest.

Minister Cwele said the NDP called for people to be “e-literate” by 2030. He said while only 33 per cent of internet traffic was generated from non-PC (personal computer) devices

“He says because of us phasing out the telegram, he can no longer communicate with his friends. So I was suggesting to the entity that they must donate some of these telegram machines to his house,” he quipped.

in 2013, it was predicted that 57 per cent of internet traffic would emanate from non-PC devices by 2018. “This is the world we have to prepare for. Among the priorities [the NDP] highlights is improving the quality of education, skills development and innovation. “I urge both Cisco and our universities to continue on this path of collaboration and innovation in delivering skills and learning solutions to especially our youth,” the Minister added.

What keeps Minister Cwele up at night? The Minister said one of the issues that occupied his mind was whether it would be possible to empower all South Africans. “If we can have them using these e-skills, it will empower them immensely,” he pointed out. Meeting the target of rolling out government’s broadband strategy also kept him tossing and turning at the night. “The last one, which is the important objective, is how do we en-

Minister Cwele said providing better access to educa-

sure that the cost to communicate is brought down? That is going

tional opportunities would have a positive impact on

to be the challenge that we as the country and the industry must

the quality of life of all people as well as the economic

work on because it is only when [communicating] is affordable

prosperity of the country.

to the ordinary person, including the poor, that they can have a

He said the shortage of ICT skills in South Africa and

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meaningful impact in our development,” Minister Cwele added.

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FEATURE

Writer: Cecilia de Vos Belgraver

Rights of persons with disabilities entrenched in democratic SA

A

s the country celebrates 20 Years of Freedom, it can

sentation. The organisation also high-

also commemorate another milestone –20 years of

lighted the need for integration

rights for persons with disabilities in South Africa.

and full participation in society.

The country marks National Disability Rights Awareness

As a result of the DPSA’s

Month between 3 November and 3 December – which is

discussions with role-

also International Day of Persons with Disabilities – every year.

players, activists for

The theme for 2014 is "Celebrating 20 years of the rights

people with disabili-

of persons with disabilities in our Democracy! Together we

ties gained access to

move South Africa forward through radical socio-economic

positions in govern-

transformation".

ment and were able

In addition, in February, Minister for Social Development

to influence policy making. The Disability Rights

Bathabile Dlamini announced 2014 as the Year of the Rights

Charter was adopted in 1992 by most organisa-

of Children with Disabilities.

tions representing people with disabilities. The

The focus is on promoting and protecting the rights of chil-

Charter sets out 18 rights that people with dis-

dren and young persons with disabilities and in particular,

abilities demand including non-discrimination, educa-

those with autism and albinism.

tion, employment, health and rehabilitation, the right to take part in sport and recreation, access to housing

20 years of rights for persons with disabilities

and social security, affordable and adequate transport and independent living.

In the early 1990s Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) coordinated a national campaign to give

In his June 2014 State of the Nation Address, President

their hopes and expectations of what democracy

Jacob Zuma committed the current administration

would mean to them.

to equitable outcomes for persons with disabilities.

The DPSA emerged in response to the “double”

A month later it was announced that a Presidential

discrimination black people living with dis-

Working Group on Disability would to be established.

abilities experienced. It mobilised people

On the global front, in June the United Nations Open

with disabilities far and wide, including

Working Group on the Sustainable Development

those rural areas and peri-urban com-

Goals released a “Zero Draft” of Goals and Targets for

munities suffering under the yoke of

the Sustainable Development Goals after 2015. This

poverty. It grew into an organisation

document mainstreams disability across the goals,

of activists fighting discrimination

giving life to the principles and articles of the Con-

on the basis of race and disability.

vention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In the early 1990s the DPSA

(CRDP), and focusing on persons with disabilities

emphasised the right of people

as both beneficiaries and contributors to the post-

with disabilities to self-repre-

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Looking ahead

people with disabilities the opportunity to express

2015 development agenda.

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Achievement of rights commemorated Disability Right Awareness Month 2014 highlights the accomplishments of South Africa’s disability rights activists in ensuring all people with disabilities gain recognition as full citizens with equal rights. These include: • •

Placing disability on the national liberation struggle agenda.

abilities, which came about after the

The democratisation of dis-

UN appealed to member states in 1992

The theme for 2014 is: "Celebrating 20 years of the rights of persons with disabilities in our Democracy! Together we move South Africa forward through radical socioeconomic transformation".

ability service organisations leading to the emergence of representative organisations of, among others, deaf persons, people with psychosocial disabilities, physical disabilities and people with albinism. This ensures persons with disabilities participate in their governance structures. •

on and promotion of issues of persons with disabilities to advance equitable opportunities. •

The right to self-representation

at national, provincial and local level, and through public institutions such as the South African Human Rights Council, the Commission on Employment Equity, the National Development Agency, the Pan South African

Establishing a national dis-

Language Board and the South Afri-

ability focal point in The Presidency following government’s decision to mainstream disability across government programmes and approach it as a human rights issue. •

to dedicate 3 December to reflection

can National Aids Council. •

International solidarity with South Africa participating in the annual UN Conference of States Parties to the CRPD since the CRPD came into force in 2008.

Institutionalising the mainstreaming of disability

This year Disability Rights Awareness Month also aims

rights across government resulting in disability

to provide a platform for progress to be highlighted and

rights/equity managers, in all government institu-

celebrated; remaining barriers to having inclusive and car-

tions across all spheres of government becoming

ing communities to be isolated; and the fostering of agree-

the norm and leading to improvements in service

ment on priorities in the next five years, including gen-

delivery to people in rural areas. •

erating awareness of disability as a human rights matter.

Ratifying the CRDP and its Optional

The day before Disability Rights Awareness Month draws

Protocol in 2007 (the CRDP recognises

to a close the National Disability Awards, hosted by the

disability as an evolving concept). •

Formalising National Dis-

Insurance Industry SETA and, among others, government will be held.

ability Rights Awareness

The achievements of persons with disabilities, who have

Month, which ends of-

accomplished remarkable successes or contributed sig-

ficially on the UN In-

nificantly to the South African community, and people

ternational Day of

within communities who have contributed to the disability

Persons with Dis-

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sector, will be celebrated at this gala event.

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FEATURE

Writer: Albert Pule

Back to basics

for local government

D

elegates at the Presidential Local Govern-

able to the people it serves.

ment Summit pledged to serve their com-

The approach stipulates that municipalities should

munities better and become trustworthy

do the basic things rights - from fixing robots, leaking

servants of the people.

taps and broken street lights to cutting grass, repairing

The delegates, from all spheres of government,

pavements and patching potholes.

gathered in Midrand to discuss and come up with

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional

new ways of addressing the problems plaguing the

Affairs Pravin Gordhan said all municipalities should

sector.

work differently, serve communities better and respond

“[We] declare to do our best to make local govern-

to their concerns within a reasonable time.

ment work and serve our people better. We commit

“Complaints are that we don’t take people seriously

to be the servants of the people and trustworthy

and often take more time to respond. Sometimes we

agents at their service,” read a statement of intent that delegates agreed to at the end of the summit. Among the delegates led by President Jacob Zuma were minsters and their deputies,

take three days to respond to something

“All of us are accountable to change people’s lives and create better prospects for the economy.”

change that and respond to problems timeously,” said Minister Gordhan. For local government to work effectively and make a positive impact on the lives of residents, political leadership and

premiers, members of the ex-

administrators need to play an impor-

ecutive councils, mayors, the

tant role, he added.

South African Local Government Association, municipal officials and civil society. Apart from committing to serving communities better, the delegates also agreed on to follow through on a simple and effective approach - the “Back to Basics” approach to local government. “We embrace the “Back to Basics” approach in addressing the challenges facing local government and declare to strengthen local government in order to move our country forward,” said the statement. Under the “Back to Basics” approach, local government will spend public funds carefully, hire competent staff, ensure transparency and will be account-

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that could take one day. We need to

“All of us are accountable to change people’s lives and create better prospects for the economy.” The summit committed to doing the simple things correctly to improve the local government system. “Inspired by the leadership and guidance provided by the President of the Republic of South Africa, [we] recommit ourselves to advance the objects of developmental local government,” delegates pledged. Minister Gordhan said that to help local government prosper, national government would support, monitor, intervene and ensure that there was adherence to norms and standards. The “Back to Basics” approach also suggests four

Public Sector Manager • November 2014


Government will implement the Back to Basics programme that will ensure South Africans receive consistent municipal services.

priority areas to help local government function better. These are:

2. Create conditions for decent living by consistently delivering municipal services to the right quality and

Priority 1: The aim is for municipalities in a dysfunc-

standard. This includes the planning and delivery of

tional state to perform, at the very least, the basic func-

infrastructure and amenities, as well as maintenance.

tions of local government.

3. Ensure good governance and effective administra-

Priority 2: Support will be given to municipalities that

tion, cut wastage, spend public funds prudently, hire

are functional but are not doing enough in critical

competent staff, ensure transparency and account-

areas of service, to progress to a higher path. Here

ability, and root out corruption.

the focus will be on building strong municipal ad-

4. Ensure sound financial management and account-

ministrative systems and processes, and ensuring

ing by prudently managing resources so as to sus-

that administrative positions are filled with compe-

tainably deliver services and bring development to

tent and committed people whose performance is

communities.

closely monitored. Priority 3: Municipalities that are performing well will be incentivised by being given greater flexibility and control over their resources and grants.

5. Build and maintain sound institutional and administrative capabilities managed by dedicated and skilled personnel at all levels. 6. Put people and their concerns first and ensure con-

Priority 4: There will be a targeted and vigorous

stant contact with communities through effective

response to corruption and fraud, and a zero toler-

public participation platforms.

ance approach to ensure that these are rooted out.

7. Ensure quarterly performance monitoring and re-

Supply chain management practices in municipali-

porting on the work of municipalities as directed

ties will be closely scrutinised and where corruption

by the “Back to Basics” approach.

and mismanagement have been identified, it will be

8. Improve the political management of municipalities

dealt with decisively through provisions such as asset

and be responsive to the needs and aspirations of

forfeiture and civil claims.

local communities. Minister Gordhan said his department would em-

Delegates at the summit committed to:

brace the “Back to Basics” approach and strengthen

1. Implement the “Back to Basics” programme.

local government to move South Africa forward.

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Department Profile

Gauteng MEC of Human Settlements Jacob Mamabolo (in striped shirt), cleans Bekkersdal with community members. Photo by Amanda Khoza

CALM RESTORED IN BEKKERSDAL The MEC of Human Settlements, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Jacob Mamabolo has restored calm in Bekkersdal in the West of Gauteng. Bekkersdal had been engulfed by service delivery protests for some time, which had reached its peak, before the recent elections. After numerous meetings with the community leadership of Bekkersdal ( the Greater Westonaria Concern Residents Association, or GWCRA) behind closed doors , the parties agreed on a way forward. MEC Mamabolo and the GWCRA toured the area to understand the challenges faced by the residents. These engagements have paved the way for new projects in the area, which aim to improve the lives of its inhabitants. The projects include a R300 million sewer upgrade project, handing over of 1200 completed houses in Westonaria Borwa, cleaning up of the township, improvement of ablution facilities, as well as provision of water taps and electricity for the local informal settlement, and building of a new school. These projects were revealed to the residents by the MEC, while speaking at local sportsfields.

“These are high-impact service delivery projects which will drastically improve the unacceptable living conditions in Bekkersdal, whilst also contributing to the local economy through job creation and sub-contracting”, said MEC Mamabolo. In response to the recurring demand that the municipality be placed under administration, MEC Mamabolo informed the community that the office of the Auditor-General was investigating the allegations of corruption and maladministration, and that action would be taken, once the full report was submitted. “We are also in the process to appoint a forensic auditor to investigate other allegations of corruption within the Bekkersdal Urban Renewal Project (BURP). If it is indeed true that state funds were abused, those responsible must account,” added MEC Mamabolo.

MEC Mamabolo said the Department of Human Settlements will release the names of 5000 people who are on the housing list of Bekkersdal. “The list will be shared with ward committees, residents associations and other structures. Those not on the list, must register,” MEC Mamabolo said.


BILLIONS ALLOCATED FOR HOUSING PROGRAMMES – REFLECTIONS ON THE BUDGET VOTE The MEC for Human Settlements in Gauteng, Jacob Mamabolo has committed R4, 4 Billion towards all housing programmes within the Department. This was revealed during his maiden Budget Vote speech at the Gauteng legislature after inauguration of new Gauteng administration. The MEC said that the department will ensure that this budget allocation translates into new hopes for the many citizens who look up to the Department to provide for their basic needs of housing. MEC Mamabolo said that the Gauteng of 2014 is much different and better than that of the period before 1994, proving the success of the first 20 years of Freedom and Democracy. He also noted that there is also no doubt that significant progress had been made since 2009 to transform society and to improve the living conditions of the people. MEC Mamabolo paid tribute to the late Joe Slovo, who was the first Minister of the then National Department of Housing in the first democratic government led by late President Nelson Mandela. Mamabolo remembered the words of the late former Minister Joe Slovo when he said, “Housing is central to the rebuilding of this country, not only in economic terms, but also in terms of cohesion of families and our society as a whole.” In the light of this vision by the late Joe Slovo, MEC Mamabolo said they have undertaken major interventions to enhance housing in Gauteng and to address the major issues around Human Settlements, which include accelerating housing delivery, improved spatial planning, enhanced land utilisation and so on. The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has intervened with the hope to restore people’s dignity in a very fundamental way. That is why in Gauteng alone in the past 20 years; over 1 million human settlements opportunities were provided through houses, units and serviced stands: ensuring that millions of citizens have a roof over their heads and that they live securely with their families.

all racial groups through housing. This will remain significant in building sustainable human settlements and a cohesive society. Part of deracialising housing in South Africa is to nullify the perception that government-subsidised houses are for Black people only. We have seen today that poverty knows no colour or race. All qualifying South Africans must apply for government subsidies, irrespective of their historical background” said MEC Mamabolo. The MEC further said that one of the new innovations will be to invest in biometric fingerprint technology to ensure that the department sanitises the Waiting Lists and that houses are allocated to the rightful beneficiaries. “This will be a major milestone in using technology to ensure that the poor masses who have been waiting for years finally receive their homes. Through this process no person will have more than one RDP houses and we would have gone a long way in dealing with reported housing corruption” said MEC. Mamabolo emphasised that allocating a house to a rightful owner was not enough. Government still needs to go further and ensure security of tenure for all these beneficiaries. Certainty and proof of ownership is often a concern in the absence of a valid document. There are still thousands of people who have taken ownership of their houses years ago and yet do not have title deeds today. The process of issuing title deeds will thus be accelerated. MEC Mamabolo concluded that the department needs to work harder to ensure the transformation of the human settlement plans to respond to various spatial and economic development corridors. A transformed spatial landscape will give hope to citizens. It will result in the establishment of new postapartheid settlements where diverse housing products are encouraged and supported within one settlement in order to bring citizens of all races and income groups together. Together, moving the Gauteng City Region forward.

The MEC said as the country continued to celebrate 20 years of democracy, when one looks back to the first houses that were built in the 1990s and those that are being built now, through the Breaking New Ground (BNG) strategy, there is a huge difference in the designs and in the location of new developments. “We have heard people saying they prefer to sell their bonded houses because the RDP houses are just as beautiful, if not better”, said MEC Mamabolo. The MEC said in the 2014/15 financial year, the Department of Human Settlements has put more than R50m to procure land parcels that are well located for the construction of mixed development human settlements and to provide affordably priced rental accommodation in Gauteng. He said this was in line with new efforts on land management and utilisation that seeks and helps to contribute qualitatively and add convenience to residents’ lives through easy access to work and services such as water, electricity, health, education, transport nodes and so on. “One of the priorities of our government is the integration of

Danville- one of the mixed housing projects in Gauteng. Photo by Amanda Khoza


Department Profile

MEC of the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs- Jacob Mamabolo

AN EXPERIENCED LEADER AND ENDURING ACTIVIST Jacob Mamabolo’s political consciousness emerged at an

Department of Correctional Services. He also worked for the

early age informed by the harsh political and economic

Department of Home Affairs as a Parliamentary Liaison Officer

circumstances of the time. Restless and decisive, he took a

and rose through the ranks to become the Chief of Staff.

decision to become a student activist and served as President of the South African Student Congress (SASCO).

MEC Mamabolo was appointed Project Manager of the Home Affairs Turn-Around Strategy, which is recognised as one of

MEC Mamabolo has extensive public service and leadership

the best practice models in the public sector.

experience accumulated over many years both in senior management positions and political activism.

He was head of the Home Affairs 2010 Soccer World Cup Project. Following his success in the World Cup, he was

He is the Provincial Secretary of the South African Communist

appointed Chief Director responsible for Ports of Entry.

Party (SACP), and a Provincial Executive Committee member of the African National Congress. In his youth, he served

Before his current appointment, MEC Mamabolo was head of

as National Co-ordinator of the Young Communist League

Change Management, supporting the Turn-Around Strategy in

Steering Committee that later gave birth to the Young

the National Department of Public Works.

Communist League in 2003. MEC Mamabolo has a passion for education and After completing high school, his professional career took

knowledge. His qualifications include a Senior Diploma

shape when he enrolled and studied teaching. His leadership

in Teaching, a degree in law (B. Proc), and a Master ’s

and activism did not go unnoticed. He was elected as the

Degree in Public Administration.

President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) while studying at Mokopane Teachers College.

He is a registered PHD, Public Administration student with the University of South Africa. MEC Mamabolo has special

This paved the way for him to take up leadership roles within

professional interests in turn-around strategies, change

the teachers’ union – South African Democratic Teachers

management and project management.

Union (Sadtu). After teaching, he went on to study law at the University of Pretoria. He then worked as a civil servant for over 10 years, starting as an Office Manager for the former Deputy Minister of the


New Head of Department- Daphney Ngoasheng

GAUTENG DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY AT ANY COST

forecasts, and have a clear priority list.

The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements will strive for service delivery at any cost; this is a message from new Head of Department Daphney Ngoasheng.

Ngoasheng stressed that although she would push for service delivery at all costs, that did not mean that the department should be exposed to risk. She said that in every project a risk profile must be done to identify and measure the exposure of the Department.

Ngoasheng, who took over the helm of the department in July 2014, has hit the ground running saying that it was important to accept the status quo of the Department in order to change it for the benefit of the growing Gauteng population. “The department is going to move from disjointed and uncoordinated planning and delivery – to integrated and coordinated planning as a provincial department. “It is important that we shift from small, sporadic, and scattered project – to integrated, mixed use, densified and inclusive ones,” she said. Ngoasheng said that the department would move away from building in the periphery and prefer projects closer to the city centre, amenities, and economic activity. The HOD’s approach will further fortify and intensify the shift from housing to human settlements. The HOD cautioned that it was important for the Department to think about the future as most decisions in Human Settlements Department have long lead time and they take long time to implement. “We need to make certain decisions far in advance before implementing them, to avoid chaos and make sure it’s service delivery at any cost,” she said. Under her leadership Ngoasheng said the department will have a planning horizon, conduct research and feasibility studies,

The HOD said risk exposure to the Department should always be reduced and, if unavoidable, be managed properly and timeously. Ngoasheng said the plan to fight illegal and unethical acts in the department must fit into the strategy of the department. “We need to empower employees with information; they must have booklets that clearly tell them what to do when they witness fraud and corruption.” Ngoasheng further insists that there must be enough capacity to carry out monitoring and evaluation and making sure it is carried out effectively and is reported on. Ngoasheng said that even though emphasis was on planning, the department still needed to plan for budget implementation and how is it going to be monitored. “We have to emphasise on how budget reporting is going to be done, how to account for the funds allocated and what will be the remedial action should there be contraventions,” she said Ngoasheng said that every employee of the Department including her will be subjected to monitoring and evaluation to make sure everyone plays their part as expected.

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Writer: Cecilia de Vos Belgraver

16 Days of Activism – take a stand against violence

F

or 16 days South Africa will unite to champion the rights and

Campaign activities will include targeted unique and

protection of women and children, as the country marks 16

also province-specific actions such as providing infor-

Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.

mation at hot-spots, taxi ranks and shopping malls and

Themed “Working together to fight violence against women and

disseminating information and sensitising citizens by

children” South Africa’s 16th countrywide campaign for 16 Days of

going door-to-door in communities. Posters, flyers, and

Activism for No Violence against Women and Children will start on

advertisements in public spaces will advertise govern-

25 November and run until 3 December 2014.

ment and civil society programmes and services in

During this time South Africa will also mark World Aids Day on 1 December and the International Day for People with Disabilities on 3 December.

tackling gender-based violence. This year the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children drive aims to get men

Championed by the Ministry of Women in The Presidency, the

involved in working together and instilling hope; high-

16 Days of Activism campaign is part of a United-Nations endorsed

light that every citizen can make a contribution to re-

international initiative and also ties in with the Southern African

ducing violence. It encourages community members

Development Community’s (SADC) Declaration on the Prevention

to become activists, illustrating that violence against

and Eradication of Violence Against Women and Children.

women and children is a community responsibility and

The campaign aims to raise awareness of and help eradicate

not a problem for victims to deal with in isolation.

gender-based violence and violence towards children. Gender-based violence takes place in the context where the victim

Making men part of the solution

is female and not on an equal footing with the male responsible

With men usually the perpetrators of violence against

for the abuse. Violence is directly specifically at women or affects

women and children, the focus of the campaign’s initia-

them disproportionately. It includes physical, sexual and psycho-

tives is to get men to help on board to help eradicate

logical abuse.

the problem. The campaign has identified various ways

This year's campaign aims to get men involved in the fight against violence directed at women and children.

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to encourage greater participation by men. Men can be confronted in various institutional contexts, educated about the problem of gender-based violence and encouraged to take action and be activists. The campaign also seeks to reach out to men who at some point were on the receiving end of, or were exposed to, violence. With taxi drivers and owners almost exclusively male and interacting with more than 14 million people a day, and having an influence on those around them, it is important that the campaign connect with this All South Africans must take a stand against violence.

segment of society. There are several other groups and people in society who have influence over communities and can there-

protect the rights, safety and dignity of women in the workplace. Rehabilitated perpetrators can also make a difference. Research

fore educate citizens about gender-based violence and violence against children.

shows growing acceptance of the need to encourage victims and

Faith-based organisations are spread across society,

perpetrators of family violence to engage with one another as part

reaching urban, peri-urban, rural and even informal

of formal programmes and for rehabilitated offenders to take on the

settlements and can work with citizens to identify at-

role of volunteers against violence.

tainable means of reducing gender-based violence. Churches and faith-based organisations can also play

Legislative context

a part in the rehabilitation of offenders.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children

As the largest social grouping in South Africa, the

aims to entrench the Bill of Rights and other legislation that exists

youth are in a position to bring about change. South

to guarantee the dignity of citizens. Government has enacted the

Africa’s turbulent history has shown that the youth can

following legislation to address violence:

be powerful agents of social change. The campaign

Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act,

sees in- and out-of-school youth formations being mo-

2000 to ensure that women have equal enjoyment of rights and

bilised to exert positive peer pressure and find solutions

freedoms, in addressing the wrongs of the past.

to issues of particular relevance to the youth.

Another powerful group is that of traditional leaders.

of women and other historically disadvantaged persons at all levels

These decision-makers have a great deal of influence in rural areas and can influence the traditions, culture and

of public and private entities. •

rites performed in their provinces and communities.

for the child. •

Trade unions and politicians are also in a position to influence male attitudes towards women and children. Politicians represent their constituents and can influ-

Maintenance Act, 1998 to ensure that maintenance for the child is recovered from the parents or other persons financially responsible

In making themselves heard they could be a powerful voice against gender-based violence.

Employment Equity Act, 1998 to encourage equitable representation

Domestic Violence Act, 1998 to afford survivors of violence maximum protection from domestic abuse.

Children’s Act, 2005 and Children’s Amendment Act, 2007 to protect children from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.

ence government policy and decision-making. Trade

Government has also ratified the Convention on the Elimination

unions are power blocs that have the expertise to raise

and Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The SADC Protocol on

awareness among union members and also to influ-

Gender and Development states that SADC Member States would,

ence employers to adopt policies and procedures that

by 2015, have enacted legislation that fights sexual harassment.

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FEATURE

Writer: Noluthando Mkhize Photographer: Katlholo Maifadi

Thabong Police Station scoops top award of the staff’s shared commitment to working together and serving the community. Besides being South Africa’s leading police station for 2014, for the past three years Thabong Police Station has held onto the title of finest police station in the Free State. Thabong Police Station also scooped nine awards at the first annual Thabong Cluster Prestige Excellence Awards last year.

Winning ways In identifying the leading police station in the country the judges assess a number of things, including the station’s methods of fighting crime, customer service, the cleanliness of the police station and the reaction time when serving the community. The management of Thabong Police Station use sevBrigadier Cois Muller of the Thabong Police Station in the Free State.

E

the community against crime and enhancing the corarning the title of leading police station in South Africa takes dedication and hard work.

porate image of the police. They also visit crèches, schools, the elderly, gangs,

This honour was bestowed upon Thabong Police Station

victims of shack fires and taverns to inform the com-

at the South African Police Service’s Annual National Excellence

munity of the dangers of crime and how to work with

Awards.

the police to make Thabong a better place.

It was the proudest moment of his career, says Brigadier Cois

The police station has external role players, which

Muller, the leader of this winning team. Commenting on the

include the Family and Marriage Association of South

award Brigadier Muller says “this shows what can be achieved

Africa and the Matjhabeng Rape Intervention Care

with team work in any police station.”

Centre, provided by the station’s 24-hour Community

A true blue blood, all Brigadier Muller ever wanted was to be a policeman and to serve the public. Thabong Police Station is about 140 kilometres from Bloemfontein in the Free State.

Service Centre (CSC). Creative solutions to streamline proceedings in the CSC include establishing a separate certification office and a mobile CSC to bring policing services to the people of Thabong.

The Sesotho word ‘thabong’ means “a place of happiness”, which

There is also a 24-hour Detective Service Centre that

the police members at the station try to provide when serving

was established to improve reaction time and service

the public.

delivery.

During PSM’s recent visit to the station the temperature outdoors had plummeted to a bitterly cold four degrees Celsius. In stark contrast, there was a warm atmosphere indoors because

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eral methods to fight crime, which include mobilising

The station has a 20 minute turnaround time when responding to the scene of a crime. As the leading police station in South Africa, Thabong

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Police Station won R15 000 from the Department of

we can work together at curbing alcohol abuse. If there is a facility

Police, which Brigadier Muller says will go towards new

operating without a liquor licence we perform a sting operation and

equipment for the Victim Empowerment Centre.

confiscate the alcohol,” says Brigadier Muller.

Brigadier Muller manages a budget of R8,5 million

He adds the police station runs liquor-abuse campaigns, searches

and has a staff complement of 320 members. Thabong

taverns regularly and try to ensure that taverns are weapon-free zones.

Police Station serves a community of about 135 000

He adds that to combat crime and ensure service delivery there have

people.

to be strong ties with the community.

Local challenges

Sector policing

Muller says the challenges in the area range from illegal

As part of sector policing, the station has divided Thabong into four

mining and illegal immigrants from Lesotho, Mozam-

sectors. “Each sector has its own sub-CPF forum with a sector com-

bique and Malawi to alcohol abuse, which fuels other

mander from the station.” This is broken down to community patrollers and street committees

crimes. In the past the area of Thabong was rich with gold

in the different sectors of Thabong.

mines which attracted migrant workers from other countries. “Some of the mines have closed down and you find

Brigadier Muller says Thabong Police Station has 482 trained community patrollers who wear reflective jackets, work in 12 wards and who have developed street committees as part of the CPF. He adds that teams of detectives investigate crime within the four

people digging for gold dust which they mix with chemicals and it produces a small stone-size gold.”

sectors into which the area has been divided.

To try and curb this problem the station runs a num-

“The teams investigate crime in allocated sectors and attend sector

ber of outreach programmes and informs the com-

meetings with the CPF and the community. This assists in giving the

munity about illegal mining, by working together with

community feedback on how far the process of investigation has gone,

the Community Policing Forum (CPF).

with the aim of informing the community on the progress of a case.”

Speaking on the matter alcohol abuse, Brigadier Mul-

Within each of the four sectors police members are responsible for

ler points out that the area of Thabong has 115 taverns.

analysing crime, identifying crime hotspots and coordinating informa-

“We meet with tavern owners and look at ways that

tion. >>

Brigadier Cois Muller and his team believing in serving the public with a smile.

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Community projects

This and that

As part of an annual programme the station appoints a junior

How do you relax?

station commander from one of the 19 schools for which the

I love caravan camping and being outdoors.

police station is responsible. The junior station commander’s job is to take policing to schools and to strengthen school safety measures. “We do this to teach children about the wrongness of crime

Which is your favourite holiday destination? Balito in Durban.

and to encourage them to work with the police in the fight against crime.” The police station’s other community projects focus on drugs and alcohol awareness, women and children’s rights and il-

What is your favourite food? I love a braai. I am a red meat person – I love a piece of steak.

legal firearms.

What does you family think of your job? Serving as policeman is a calling

My wife is also in the police service so she un-

Brigadier Muller says that after serving in the police service

derstands if I need to go to the station in the

for 40 years he would not be anywhere else and is proud of

middle of the night. Otherwise they respect

his achievements.

my profession.

He grew up on a farm in the area of Maclear in the Eastern Cape and joined the then South African Police in 1974. He started his career at Queenstown Police Station as a Student Constable. Later he moved to Cambridge Police Station in East London and then to Aliwal-North, also in the Eastern Cape. In 1981 he acquired a diploma in policing from the Department of Education. The next year he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at the Ladysmith Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal where he served as station commander. In 1985 he became Captain at the Park Road Police Station in Bloemfontein, and later joined the Batho Police Station in Bloemfontein, also as station commander. “I have headed five police stations in my career. My experience of 40 years taught me how to work with people and to manage a police station.” After being station commander of Batho Police Station he joined the district office as a visible policing officer and later became the head of the visible policing unit. “When I was provincial head I was responsible for uniforms and the management of community service centres and police station operations.”

cation. “Being a policeman comes with a lot of stress. If you are going to do it for the sake of having a job it will frustrate you. You have to love what you do.” Regarding the changes he has seen in South Africa

While serving as provincial head of visible policing in 2009,

and now that the country is celebrating 20 Years of

he requested that his superiors deploy him in a police station,

Freedom, Brigadier Muller says there is still room for

which was where his passion lay.

improvement. “We address crime in a more professional

“I was missing the interaction with the community and the members of the SAPS. Community work gives me more job satisfaction than sitting in an office. This is where I want to be. I am satisfied in this position.” He said being a policeman was a calling and it needed dedi-

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way. We include the community with the CPF structures which was not there before.” He adds that he will stay committed to the service until he retires because being a policeman is what he knows best.

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FEATURE

Writer: Amukelani Chauke

Taking stock of departments’ performance

S

ervice delivery is and has always been top of the

ment performance monitoring at the department, said

list of government priorities. Improving the lives

while gains were noted, there was still room for pro-

of all South Africans remains the ultimate goal, so

gress.

the improvement in departments whose performance

“Noted improvements are evident when comparing

was assessed over the past year comes as good news.

the 2013 results to the 2012 results across most depart-

The Ministry in the Presidency for Performance, Plan-

ments. In some areas of management however, there

ning, Monitoring and Evaluation conducted its annual

has not been significant improvement.

departmental assessments across 155 national and pro-

“For national departments as a group and in seven of

vincial departments and found that the assessments,

the provinces, the average scores have increased since

which were first introduced in 2011, were having an

the 2012 assessment. Free State and Mpumalanga have

impact.

declined,” he said.

Annually, the quality of departments’ management

Akhalwaya also said, however, that while there had

practices in four compliance areas, which cut across 14

been an improvement in many standards, more than

delivery outcomes, are assessed.

half of all departments did not meet legal requirements

The results of the Management Performance Assess-

in the areas of fraud prevention, human resource (HR)

ment Tool (MPAT), which were recently presented to

planning, payment of suppliers, and unauthorised,

Parliament’s Performance, Planning, Monitoring and

wasteful and fruitless expenditure.

Evaluation Portfolio Committee, revealed that in 2013,

“The National Treasury, the Department of Public Ser-

69 out of 155 departments were found to be compli-

vice and Administration and the Department of Justice

ant or working smartly in at least half of the standards

and Constitutional Development need to review regu-

measured, as opposed to 59 in 2012.

latory frameworks or provide additional support in ar-

Ismail Akhalwaya, programme manager for manage-

eas where the majority of departments do not comply. “Executive authorities and accounting officers should ensure that their departments implement improvement plans to reach level four for all standards.”

How departments are assessed Assessors look at four management key performance areas (KPAs) every year namely strategic management, governance and accountability, financial management and HR management. A department’s strategic management KPA looks at its ability to manage strategic planning, annual performance planning and how it carries out its monitoring and evaluation functions. Under governance and accountability, the assess-

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ment covered a department’s service delivery improvement, whether its management structures were working, its accountability, ethics, internal audit, risk management, delegations, and governance of ICT. Whether it upheld the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) was also scrutinised. Under financial management, supply chain and expenditure mechanisms were assessed, and HR strategies, practices and administration, management of performance and employee relations were looked at. Across these, departments are rated across four lev-

ing the issue regularly via all management structures led to improvement.

els, where level one represents an institution that is

To ensure that the standard is upheld, both depart-

non-compliant with legal and regulatory requirements

ments make their managers report on this performance

while level four means the department demonstrated

area frequently. Staffers who fail to comply face disci-

full compliance and that it was doing things smartly.

plinary procedures. Another department that got a mention when it

Departments that are getting it right

comes to the “service delivery improvement” stand-

Service delivery is at the heart of the state’s non-nego-

ard was the Department of Rural Development in the

tiables, which is why President Jacob Zuma appointed

Eastern Cape, which was found to be fully compliant,

an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to speedily attend

or found to have achieved level-four compliance for

to areas in government – across all three spheres – that

its consultation with farmers and frontline extension

needed urgent attention.

workers setting service standards.

One of the areas the President has spoken about a

Akhalwaya said that when it came to the organi-

great deal is the need for departments to pay suppli-

sational design standard, the Department of Energy

ers within 30 days, an area that falls under financial

was mentioned alongside the Northern Cape Social

management.

Development Department and achieved a level-four

Failure to perform in this area negatively affects cash flow and the sustainability of small businesses. The Department of Social Development in the North-

(full compliance) score for taking time to implement necessary organisation change and for ensuring there was consultation at all times.

ern Cape and the Department of Energy were found

“The Northern Cape Social Development Department

to be fully compliant when it came to this area of per-

made effective use of the Department of Public Service

formance, which means their suppliers are smiling all

and Administration Guide and Toolkit in Organisational

the way to the bank.

Design to ensure that the department was positioned

“The Northern Cape Social Development Department

to implement its “war on poverty” programme. Foetal

through leadership commitment did not only imple-

alcohol syndrome had been reduced by 30 per cent

ment effective decentralised delegations, but managed

in De Aar,” he said.

to pay suppliers within five days,” Akhalwaya. At the Department of Energy, buy-in from the Director-General in driving the improvement and monitor-

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When it came to the recruitment and retention standard, Akhalwaya said the Department of Communications, formerly GCIS, excelled.

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“When it comes to recruitment and retention standards, GCIS and the Northern Cape Roads and Public Works scored at level four.

on time and cash flow. The Departments of Science and Technology; Performance, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Environ-

“GCIS is the only department to meet equity targets

mental Affairs and Mineral Resources were hot on the

and the only one that could fill vacancies within two

heels of the Department of Trade and Industry followed

months.

by GCIS and the Departments of Tourism and Energy.

“GCIS also showed good practice in conducting exit interviews and an analysis of why staff leave,” he said. GCIS was also found to be fully compliant (level four) in the areas of strategic planning, management structure, audit committee, professional ethics, internal audit, risk management, delegations, management and diversity, disciplinary cases and cash flow. It was found to be fully compliant with legal or regulatory requirements in the area of paying invoices within 30 days.

How departments ranked An eagle’s view of the results showed that the Department of Trade and Industry topped the list of departments that were fully compliant across most of the areas that were assessed. This includes, among other things, having good strategic plans, monitoring and evaluation, risk management and fraud prevention, professional ethics, management of disciplinary cases, paying suppliers

Room for improvement Akhalwaya said while there had been improvement in many standards, it was still a matter of concern that there were still areas where more than 50 per cent of departments did not meet legal requirements. This included areas like HR planning, organisational design, management of diversity, disciplinary cases, payment of suppliers, unauthorised, wasteful and fruitless expenditure. “The National Treasury, the Department of Public Service and Administration and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development need to review regulatory frameworks or provide additional support in areas where the majority of departments do not comply. “Executive authorities and accounting officers should ensure that their departments implement improvement plans to reach level four for all standards,” he said.

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President Jacob Zuma officially handed over an Industrial Development Zone operator licence to the Dube TradePort. He is seen here with (from left) Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina, Minister Rob Davies, KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu, eThekwini Metro Mayor James Nxumalo and Bridgete Gaza, Chairperson of the Dube TradePort.

Creating jobs, attracting investment

through Industrial Development Zones

The unemployment rate in South Africa, which is around 25 per cent, demands that the country’s economy be reviewed. With government calling for the aggressive industrialisation of the economy, there is a greater need than ever for policy change to allow rapid economic growth in centres previously overlooked for economic activity, writes Chris Bathembu.

A

t the recent unveiling of the Dube TradePort Industrial

hannesburg because it’s close to the market. Through

Development Zone (IDZ), the first IDZ for Durban, Trade

these IDZs we want to attract people to other areas of

and Industry Director-General Lionel October warned that

the country like Durban, like Coega in Port Elizabeth,

if reindustrialisation and the decentralisation of the South African

Saldanha in the Western Cape and make sure we de-

economy did not happen fast, the slow growth of recent years

centralise development,” said October.

might persist. “We are suffering with slow growth and this is something that

economic zones (SEZs) to supplement the IDZ pro-

has been concerning all of us. If we are going to industrialise our

gramme is underway after Trade and Industry Minister

economy and make sure it grows, we need to fast-track invest-

Rob Davies finalised the regulations and guidelines for

ment in the economy. The special economic zones is the way of

SEZs.

fast-tracking development,” October said.

The Department of Trade and Industry is studying the

For him, it is also crucial to ensure that the South African econo-

feasibility of a solar IDZ in Upington in the Northern

my is decentralised and economic activity spread out to as many

Cape. A SEZ near Harrismith in the Free State will be

parts of the country as possible.

proclaimed shortly. It’s expected to focus on automo-

“Everybody will naturally locate towards the big centres like Jo-

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The good news, however, is that the roll-out of special

tive, clothing and agro-processing activities.

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Government believes that the success of the existing IDZs builds a strong case for similar projects to be rolled out across the country. For example, the Coega, Richards Bay and East London

provide not just for one form of industrial development zone but other special economic zones.” These included free ports, free trade zones and sector development zones built around specific industrial sectors.

IDZs had together generated more than R5 billion in

Provinces, in consultation with the mooted Special Eco-

investment and created nearly 70 000 direct and indi-

nomic Zones Board, will be required to identify special eco-

rect jobs. The Dube TradePort IDZ is expected to create

nomic zones which could be developed for better economic

more than 150 000 jobs by 2060. In the same year, the

activity.

development is envisaged to contribute R5,6 billion to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. The Saldanha Bay IDZ has the potential to contribute

Minister Davies said the department had also been conducting feasibility studies for SEZs throughout the country. These include a potential platinum SEZ in North West.

86 per cent to the gross geographic product of the

The Dube TradePort was proclaimed an IDZ in July this

Western Cape and create in the region of 12 000 new

year and has already attracted more than R900 million in

jobs. The IDZ is likely to attract foreign direct investment

investments. Situated at the heart of King Shaka International

worth approximately R9,3 billion over 25 years.

Airport, the IDZ is set to transform Kwazulu-Natal into both a

Minister Davies says the designation of SEZs will support a broader-based industrialisation growth path in

key business gateway and a noteworthy player in the global supply chain of goods.

South Africa and will address some of the regulatory

It’s a purpose-built estate earmarked to develop an aero-

and operational weaknesses identified in the IDZ pro-

tropolis industrial facility and leverage investment in export-

gramme.

oriented manufacturing industries. Its strategic location at

While the IDZs have recorded some major successes

King Shaka International Airport allows the IDZ to create air

- for example, operational investments worth R5 bil-

connectivity for manufacturing sectors that are highly time-

lion - some weaknesses in implementation had been

sensitive. At least five business focus areas have been identi-

identified.

fied for the IDZ. They include the Dube City, Dube TradeZone,

These included weak governance, lack of IDZ incen-

Dube Cargo Terminal, Dube AgriZone and Dube iConnect

tives, and poor stakeholder co-ordination. The criteria

Minister Davies added that a study had shown that the

for IDZ designation were also biased towards the de-

Dube TradePort IDZ has the potential to become a broader

velopment of coastal regions and ignored economic

SEZ when the new SEZ legislation becomes fully operational.

potential in inland regions.

President Jacob Zuma described the handover of an IDZ

The SEZ Bill sought to boost private investment, both

operator licence to the Dube TradePort Corporation as sig-

domestic and foreign, in labour-intensive areas to in-

nalling a new beginning for the precinct he opened in 2012.

crease job creation, competitiveness, skills and tech-

“Our presence here is another step forward in our work

nology transfer, and exports of beneficiated products.

towards creating more jobs that would alleviate poverty

“Special economic zones, of which industrial eco-

amongst our people,” President Zuma said at the ceremony

nomic zones are one form, have been shown both in South Africa and many other countries to be useful tools to promote industrial development, diversification and industrial decentralisation,” Minister Davies said in Durban. “We looked at every way in which we can support the greater success of these IDZ projects some of which

at King Shaka International Airport. He said, for government, the Dube TradePort was yet another good story to tell. “We are determined to create an environment that is investor-friendly. We will continue to improve support measures both through the special economic zones and other development tools.”

have languished below potential for many years. We

But the people of KwaZulu-Natal would judge the success

had to review the legislation and we decided there

of the new development by the manner in which it changes

was a need to broaden the scope of the legislation to

their lives through job creation, said the President.

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FEATUREIN LEADERSHIP PROFILES

Writer: Neo Semono

Transparency and accountability key to an improved Public Service

T

he Public Service Commission (PSC) has called for transparency and accountability for the benefit of all people in South Africa.

“All people in the public service are accountable and must

be transparent. They must be held accountable so that we can

The PSC was established in terms of Chapter 10 of South Africa’s Constitution. He called on departments to take up the recommendations made by the PSC and other institutions of democracy like the Auditor-General’s office.

improve public administration to realise a South Africa where

“We believe that if departments can make use of

all people enjoy a high standard of life,” PSC Chairperson Ben

these, they can actually consider these recommenda-

Mthembu said recently.

tions and implement them; they can go a long way,”

He was speaking at the Gauteng Stakeholder Engagement

he said.

session in Boksburg under the theme: “Living Constitutional

If the recommendations were implemented, this

Values and Principles to achieve excellent Public Service and

would result in resources being managed more effi-

Administration”.

ciently, effectively and economically.

The objective of the session was to evaluate the extent to

“The challenge is that recommendations are made by

which Gauteng government departments adhere to the val-

the PSC and the Auditor-General to help public admin-

ues and principles of Section 195 of the country’s Constitu-

istration to achieve values and principles. We appeal

tion, which deals with the basic values and principles governing

very strongly that we need to ensure that recommen-

public administration. The principles include high standards of

dations are considered,” he said.

professional ethics, responsiveness and good human resource management among others.

Commissioner at the PSC, Mike Seloane, said that 79 per cent of senior managers in Gauteng generally made

Mthembu described the PSC as a knowledge-intensive organi-

their financial disclosures by the 30 April deadline an-

sation that conducts research and makes findings and recom-

nually. By law, senior managers are expected to disclose

mendations. It also monitors and evaluates the performance

all their registerable interests to the PSC, which expects

of the public service.

100 per cent compliance.

Members of the Public Service Commission interact with representatives of Gauteng government departments.

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Additionally, the PSC found that 33 per cent of senior managers in the Economic Development Department in Gauteng did remunerative work outside the department in 2012/2013. Departments are also compelled to report on finalised financial misconduct cases to the PSC, among others. Seloane said that in the 2013/14 financial year 93 cases, involving R8,8 million were reported. In the past five years a total of 561 finalised financial misconduct cases worth R71,4 million were reported. When it came to spending budgets the provincial Department of Education spent 99 per cent of its budget in 2013/14 and achieved 90 per cent of its target. “That

PSC Chairperson Ben Mthembu.

is a good story,” noted Seloane. The PSC also found that audit outcomes in Gauteng

However, the PSC said it had already engaged execu-

departments were improving. “The departments are

tive authorities on the findings and recommendations

improving, because over the past four years they have

of the reports.

been getting unqualified audit opinions,” noted the PSC.

“A total of 18 executive authorities at national level

On the matter of payment of invoices within 30 days

have been met with to date and the initiative [has been]

only 36 per cent of creditors had been paid on time

warmly received. At provincial level, arrangements are

in 2013/2014.

being made to engage MECs and Premiers.”

The PSC also found that many departments were fail-

Recently, Public Service and Administration Minis-

ing to fill vacant posts within the prescribed four-month

ter Collins Chabane told the National Assembly that

period. This had a negative effect in the functioning of

planned legislation would strengthen the powers of

departments.

the PSC.

The PSC said the main delays occurred at the stages

The PSC acknowledged the effort that Gauteng had

involving executive authority and directors-general.

made in an attempt to improve the lives of its citizens.

Delays in security vetting and the verification of qualifications also played a role.

Gauteng Chairperson of Committees Nomantu Ralehoko welcomed the PSC’s presentations.

The PSC’s recommendations included the Depart-

“The Gauteng Provincial Legislature welcomes the

ment of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) con-

study conducted by the PSC,” said Chairperson Rale-

sulting executive authorities and relevant stakeholders

hoko.

before considering amending the Public Service Act and regulations. This would assign authority for level

She added that going forward the Legislature would strengthen its relationship with the PSC.

15 and 16 appointments to executive authorities. Di-

The Gauteng Provincial Government said it appreci-

rectors-General would appoint people to level 14 and

ated the efforts some departments had made to im-

more senior posts.

prove and called on others to follow suit.

The PSC also noted that in recent years the Public

“The Premier [David Makhura] is taking the work of

Service had been recruiting directors–general and

chapter nine institutions seriously. A zero tolerance

heads of department from the private sector or from

[attitude] to non-compliance will be adopted. Non-

academic institutions.

compliance is a no-no and we don’t expect govern-

Such candidates had limited or no knowledge or ex-

ment officials to do business with government,” said

perience of working in the Public Service. This posed a

Sifiso Mkhize, Deputy Director-General for Corporate

challenge and affected the functioning of departments.

Services in the Office of the Premier.

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FEATURE

Writer: Zama Mthethwa

Investing in space science and technology

N

o country seeking to develop a knowledge-based economy

to build a microsatellite, carried out by Stellenbosch

can afford not to embrace space science and technology

University. The university developed an 81kg low-orbit-

(S&T).

ing Earth-observation microsatellite, SumbandilaSAT, to

For this reason, South Africa is investing in space S&T to improve

demonstrate and grow the country’s technical exper-

the competitiveness of the country’s economy and the quality of

tise. It was launched in September 2009 from Baikonur

life of South Africans.

in Kazakhstan, on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

To coordinate a national approach to the development of space

SumbandilaSAT’s primary payload was a 6,25-m

S&T in South Africa, the Department of Science and Technology (DST)

resolution multispectral camera and a number of ex-

formulated the National Space Strategy in conjunction with other

periments as secondary payloads, which were part of a

relevant government departments. In 2008, Cabinet approved the

capacity-building initiative associated with the project.

strategy, which focuses on leveraging the benefits of space S&T for

Over a thousand images were delivered. These were

socio-economic growth and sustainable development.

used for various purposes, including mapping burnt

Support for the country’s space S&T is growing because of nota-

areas in the Kruger National Park, where fire is part of the

ble advances in this area, as well as growing awareness about the

natural ecology and used by SANParks to manage the

benefits of it.

vegetation, thus promoting biodiversity and influenc-

Greater awareness has been achieved through space-related public

ing the balance between grass, shrubs and big trees.

outreach activities such as World Space Week, which is held from 4

The SumbandilaSAT project produced 18 Master’s

to 10 October each year. Led by the DST, this initiative aims to edu-

graduates and three PhDs, and internships for nine

cate people about space S&T, promote the greater use of space for

engineering graduates.

sustainable socio-economic development, and get young people excited about science and technology. South Africa's efforts in space S&T have been boosted by a project

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The DST also suppoted the satellite engineering training programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT ), under the French South Afri-

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can Institute of Technology (F’Sati) programme. The

dustry clients and partners. It was instrumental in engineering

programme has registered 32 MTech and nine DTech

the absorption of SunSpace staff into Denel SpaceTeq, thereby

students, as well as seven engineering graduates.

retaining high-level expertise in South Africa.

The programme is internationally recognised as a po-

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, be-

tential cube satellite technology support hub for Africa.

lieves the space industry has enormous potential for growth,

A cube satellite is a cube-shaped low-cost satellite of

and that Sansa will continue its impressive progress. Its plans

about 10 cm3 with a mass of no more than 1,33 kg.

for the construction of a new South African satellite are well

In 2011, the CPUT F’Sati programme hosted the First

advanced.

International African CubeSat Workshop. The pro-

At continental level, the country is collaborating with Algeria,

gramme has developed subsystems for the interna-

Kenya and Nigeria to develop a constellation of three or more

tional cubesat market (commercial products such as

low-earth orbiting satellites called the African Resource Man-

S-band transmitters and patch antennae) and is pro-

agement Constellation (ARMC). The aim is to use the satellites

viding ground support for international cube satellite

to help African nations monitor disasters and manage their

missions.

natural resources more effectively.

A key milestone was the successful launch, in Novem-

The ARMC will therefore support activities such as urban

ber 2013, of a cube satellite called TshepisoSat, with a

development, land use monitoring, and mapping for the sur-

payload aimed at providing space weather data to the

veillance of climate change effects.

South African National Space Agency (Sansa).

South Africa recognises the importance of joining global

Sansa was established after Cabinet approved the

programmes, and participates fully in the GEONETCast initia-

South African National Space Agency Act. The legisla-

tive. This is a global network that allows the coordination and

tion came about because of South Africa's increasing

integration of satellite data and information such as video

reliance on space-based services.

broadcasting and Earth observation imagery for sound deci-

Established in 2010, Sansa’s focus includes research in astronomy, Earth observation, communications,

sion-making in areas such as agriculture, climate, ecosystems, energy, natural disasters, public health, water and weather.

navigation and space physics, advanced scientific, en-

Acknowledging South Africa's advances, Minister Pandor

gineering, and technological competencies and ca-

says South Africa is recognised as a space nation but, more

pabilities, through human capital development and

specifically, as a nation investing in space S&T to improve its

outreach programmes, and international cooperation

citizens’ quality of life.

in space-related activities. The agency has provided 13 Earth-observation and space-science end-user services and products to in-

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T H E D E PA R T M E N T O F S C I E N C E A N D T E C H N O L O G Y A N D WAT E R R E S E A R C H C O M M I S S I O N H O S T O F F I C I A L S F R O M T H E B I L L A N D M E L I N D A G AT E S F O U N D AT I O N S A N I TA T I O N P R O G R A M M E AT S C H O O L S I N C O F I M VA B A . T H E D S T I S L E A D I N G A N I N I T I AT I V E T O F I N D A LT E R N AT I V E S A N I TAT I O N T E C H N O L O G I E S F O R R U R A L S C H O O L S .


DST AND BMGF PARTNER TO FIND ALTERNATIVE SANITATION TECHNOLOGY FOR RURAL SCHOOLS Representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The fact-finding mission will also visit peri-urban areas

(BMGF) sanitation programme visited schools in rural

outside East London, where the delegation observed the

Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape to assess the area’s suitability

unsanitary conditions created by pit toilets.

for the piloting of new sanitation technology. Over the next three months the prototypes will be piloted in Sanitation challenges in South Africa remain, particularly in the

identified schools and communities in the Chris Hani District

rural areas, despite the country making significant progress

Municipality, after which their performance, social acceptance

since 1994 to address the sanitation backlog.

and contribution to job creation, among other things, will be evaluated.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has partnered with the BMGF to tackle the country’s sanitation

Learning from the partnership’s demonstration initiatives will

challenges through research, innovation and technology.

put the DST in a position to provide evidence-based advice

The partnership has resulted in the creation of South African

to inform the policy decisions of the Department of Water and

Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme, which

Sanitation, which is responsible for the delivery of sanitation

will see innovative, new-generation sanitation technologies

services in South Africa.

demonstrated in South Africa. The technologies that will be piloted, were developed Last month the DST hosted its BMGF partners in Cofimvaba

through the Reinvent-the-Toilet-Challenge(RTTC). The RTTC

where the piloting of new technologies will be done. The BMGF

Programme launched by the BMGF seeks to promote research

delegation included innovators, engineers, manufacturers

into new generation sanitation solutions that are innovative, off

and professors from various countries working in the

the grid, affordable for poor users and sustainable.

sanitation field. The countries represented include Ecuador, Thailand, China and India, where similar technologies are

The new technologies also incorporate new processes

being developed. Most of the technologies are waterless and

to the field of sanitation including: pyrolysis-the thermal

environmentally friendly.

decomposition of human solid waste in an oxygen-free environment to produce biochar; electrolysis-using electrical

Officials from the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and

currents to break down the chemicals in human liquid waste;

the Department of Water and Sanitation also attended the fact-

pasteurisation-a heat treating process which thermally

finding visit. The DBE said the DST-BMGF partnership was

sterilises human waste; and on-site membrane technology, and

important to them as poor sanitation facilities affected schools

hydrocyclone toilet bowl technology-for the separation of solid

in the rural areas. They were keen to see the results of the

and liquid wastes.

pilots, as successful outcomes would allow the technologies to be rolled out across the country.

For more information go to

www.dst.gov.za or www.wrc.org.za


featUre

Writer: Cecilia de Vos Belgraver

Disclosure improved but not yet 100% The Public Service Commission recently announced the findings of its study into compliance with the Financial Disclosure Framework and actions taken against errant members of the senior management service (SMS). PSM takes a look at the facts and figures.

T

o prevent members of the SMS from misusing their positions

sick leave or who had been suspended. In addition,

and the public resources entrusted to them, they have to

some departments did not make a concerted effort to

disclose their financial interests to the Public Service Com-

obtain completed forms from officials on sick leave or

mission (PSC) every year. This is also done to combat bribery, corruption and a conflict of interest between their private interests and public responsibilities.

suspension. This had a negative effect on the integrity of the FDF and undermined efforts to fight corruption in the Public Sector.

In 2012/13, 84 per cent of 9 427 designated employees at national

The PSC said 100 per cent compliance was possible if

and provincial level in the SMS disclosed their financial interests for

all departments implemented the FDF fully and if EAs

the year - up 10 per cent from 74 per cent in 2011/12.

took tough action against members of the SMS who

The PSC announced this recently when it released statistical information on Monitoring Compliance with the Financial Disclosure Framework (FDF) for 2012/13.

failed to comply. The PSC relied on the Companies and Intellectual Commission (CIPC) database in assessing senior managers’ involvement in private business interests.

Disclosing interests At national level 81 per cent of the 5 425 members required to submit

Role of Executive Authorities

financial disclosure forms did so. At provincial level all SMS employ-

The FDF requires that designated employees disclose

ees (100 per cent) in only three provinces – Mpumalanga, Northern

their financial interests to their EAs by April each year.

Cape and Western Cape – submitted their financial disclosure forms

In turn, the EAs have to submit their disclosures to

by the 31 May deadline.

the PSC by 31 May. The PSC studies the disclosures to

In Limpopo 99 per cent, Gauteng 92 per cent, Eastern Cape 89 per cent, North West 87 per cent and Free State 84 per cent, of designated

identify potential conflict of interest and advise EAs accordingly.

employees complied. Just 52 per cent in KwaZulu-Natal submitted

The PSC said that in the period under review the

financial disclosure forms. Overall, 88 per cent of the 4 003 provincial

extent to which EAs implemented the PSC’s recom-

members of the SMS disclosed their interests.

mendations concerning SMS members who failed to

Some national and provincial departments did not submit disclosure forms to the PSC by the 31 May deadline. The PSC received 34 disclosure forms from directors-general (DGs) of national departments. The DGs of the Departments of International

disclose their interests was poor. Some EAs did not take action against SMS members who failed to submit their financial disclosure forms or make full disclosures as required of them.

Relations and Cooperation, Justice and Constitutional Development,

In total 23 officials (22 at provincial and one at na-

Transport, Science and Technology, National Treasury, the South

tional level) were guilty of misconduct related to non-

African Police Service, and the Independent Police Investigative

disclosure in 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11. During the

Directorate did not submit their financial disclosure forms to their

same period only 29 EAs out of a total of 25 national

executive authorities (EAs) by the 30 April 2013 deadline and there-

and 75 provincial departments reported back to the

fore did not comply with the FDF.

PSC in terms of Regulation G.4 of the Public Service

The commission found that some members of the SMS were unwill-

Regulation.

ing to declare their registrable interests: 1 497 financial disclosure

Almost all EAs who reported back were satisfied with

forms were outstanding. This figure included people who were on

employees’ explanations such as companies being

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dormant, deregistered by the CIPC or not registered in

had been drafted and submitted for legal opinion.

their name. Some employees said they had resigned as

The determination introduces a structured administrative process

directors but that CIPC records had not been updated.

leading to a decision by the EA or his or her delegate. Approval to do

Officials found guilty of misconduct were sanctioned

other remunerative work is subject to the individual or entity not doing

by means of written warnings. In some instances designated employees had submitted their disclosures but

business with the state and approval is for only one year. The cluster also announced that regulatory amendments were being considered to strengthen ethics and integrity management in the Public

their EAs had failed to submit the forms.

Service such as amendments to the Public Service Regulations and the

100 per cent compliance required

Public Administration Management Bill.

The PSC found that there were departments that had improved on the submission of financial disclosure

E-Disclosure system

forms by the due date, from 49 per cent in 2008/09

Submitting disclosure forms is being made easier by the roll-out of

to 84 per cent in 2012/13. However, this was not ad-

the E-Disclosure system that started in April this year. This web-based

equate: 100 per cent compliance was expected of all departments.

What has to be disclosed and why? Private interests should not interfere with public duties, therefore all members of the SMS have to disclose things such as: • shares and other financial interests in private or public companies and other corporate entities recognised by law • directorships and partnerships • remunerated work outside the pub-

The cluster also announced that regulatory amendments were being considered to strengthen ethics and integrity management in the Public Service such as amendments to the Public Service Regulations (especially Chapter 2) and the Public Administration Management Bill.

lic service

system uses modern technology and intelligent financial systems to help prevent corruption and maladministration in the Public Service. It enables senior managers to declare their financial interests electronically. By July 2014, 77 per cent of senior managers had used the E-Disclosure system. The disclosure form can be obtained online at http://www.gov.za/forms/ index.html. In the past, designated employees had to submit their original completed forms to their EA who, in turn, had to submit a copy of the form to the PSC by 31 May of that year. In the case of designated employees appointed after 1 April the form had to be submitted to the PSC within 30 days of it being submitted to the EA.

• consultancies and retainerships • sponsorships • gifts and hospitality from a source other than a family member

Who accesses disclosed information? Under normal circumstances only the EA, the PSC and those acting on their behalf have access to the disclosed information. They have to liaise

• ownership and other interests in land and property,

with the designated employee if they are concerned about a possible

whether inside or outside the Republic of South Af-

conflict of interest. Only the relevant EA may grant a waiver if a conflict of

rica.

interest is evident. Such a waiver has to be attached to the original form.

All companies, including dormant and non-profit com-

Except when ordered by a court, nobody who has access to the infor-

panies, have to be disclosed as well as companies for

mation may disclose it. Access to the information may only be given in

which senior managers carry out non-remunerated

terms of Section 11 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000.

work.

More information Other remunerated work

Designated employees who have questions about the form and Chapter

In September 2014 the Governance and Administration

3 of the Public Service Regulations should contact the Directorate: Senior

Cluster announced that a determination on performing

Management Service, Department of Public Service and Administration

other remunerative work outside the Public Service

on 012 314 7395.

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finanCiaL fitness

Public servants’ spending habits revealed

R

esearch has revealed that Public Sector employees like to

Furthermore, 36 per cent of Public Sector employees

spend. They like the feeling of splashing out, the thrill of

describe themselves as being part of the Sandwich

buying the new, and the fun of

clutching a handful of glamorous shopping bags. In fact, they like spending so much that their levels of debt are much higher than those of their colleagues in the private sector. Statistics indicate that 52 per cent of public employees have credit cards compared to 28 per cent of private sector employees. In addition, 78 per cent of government employees own store cards as opposed to the 63 per cent of private sector employees who do. When it comes to personal loans and hire purchase, 35 per cent of state employees are in debt compared to 18 per cent of private sector employees. This is one of the key research findings of the latest update of the Old Mutual Savings and Investment Monitor (OMSIM), which takes the pulse of the financial health of working metropolitan

Generation, which means they are supporting chil-

How to improve your financial health:

dren as well as dependent

• Draw up a monthly budget of your spending (and savings) habits so that you get to underst and yourself and your finances better. • Go to your bank and arrange automatic monthly savings deductions from your salary so that you’re committed to saving, even if it’s only a small amount. • Unleash the power of compound interest by saving from an early age. • Set realistic goals for what you want your money to achieve. • Identify and tackle the biggest threats to building wealth (for example your credit card, a personal loan, too many trips to the mall, luxuries you really don’t need). • Remember to start with the debts that carry the highest rates of interest when you are paying off debts. • Consult a financial adviser.

South Africans.

parents. Stokvel contributions are growing steadily and indicate that Public Sector employees are trying to plan ahead. More than 88 per cent of respondents who contribute to stokvels say they want to learn more about how to save money. “The Public Sector’s personal debt is a major cause for concern, especially when viewed in the context of the rising consumer price index (CPI), which monitors the cost of living, including food and transport costs,” says Nicholson. “Financial trouble causes immense stress and can

Lynette Nicholson, chief researcher at

harm your health, your re-

Old Mutual, says that the latest OMSIM

lationships, your work per-

figures also show that Public Sector employees are in deeper debt

formance and your family’s wellbeing. That’s why it’s

than two years ago. Credit card debt increased from 42 per cent

very important to get good financial advice as soon

in 2012 to 52 per cent in 2014, store card debt increased from

as possible,” she adds.

63 per cent to 78 per cent and personal loans nearly doubled, from 18 per cent to 35 per cent.

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Source: Old Mutual Public Sector Manager • November 2014


PUBLiC seCtor aPPointMents Compiled by: Mduduzi Tshabangu

Lesetja Kganyago Governor: South African Reserve Bank Lesetja Kganyago has been Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) since May 2011. In that role he was responsible for various areas including research, financial stability, risk management and compliance; and the SARB College. He was also responsible for bank supervision, financial regulatory reform and financial surveillance. He holds among other qualifications, a Master of Science degree in Development Economics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of South Africa. He has extensive experience in financial markets and is highly regarded for his knowledge and expertise of the South African and global financial systems. Kganyago has wide-ranging experience in macro-economic policy formulation, financial sector policy, public finance, international finance, public debt management and financial markets. Coupled with this is the experience he gained from serving in government as a former Director-General of the National Treasury from 2004. During his tenure as Director-General of the National Treasury, he successfully steered several public finance and financial market reforms. He played a leading role in the fundamental reform of the micro-structure of domestic bond markets, including reforms to the auction system and introduction of new financial instruments such as inflation-linked bonds and buy-backs. Kganyago also led South Africa’s technical team to various G-20 Ministers of Finance and Governors meetings and Summits (including the inaugural Summit in 2008). He is well respected in international forums for having chaired the Development Committee Deputies, the G-20 Working Group on IMF governance reform and was also the vice-chair of the Financial Stability Board’s Standing Committee on Implementation Standards for a period of four years.

Makgale Mohlala Divisional Manager, Cartels Division: Competition Commission Makgale Mohlala is the former Acting Divisional Manager in the Cartels division. He led a team of investigators that probed some of the Commission’s major cases including the cement cartel and the investigation of collusion in the construction cartel. He holds a BProc degree from Vista University, LLM in Corporate Law from the University of Pretoria and is currently enrolled for an MBL with the University of South Africa. Mohlala joined the Commission as a graduate trainee at the Mergers and Acquisitions division in 2000 and worked his way up until he was appointed Principal Merger Analyst in 2008. In 2009, He was transferred to the Enforcement and Exemptions division to establish the then Cartels unit. He established and led the Cartels unit from 2009 to 2011 when it became a stand-alone division and continued to serve in the division as a Principal Cartel Investigator until his current appointment. The Cartels division’s core functions are to investigate cartel complaints and administer the corporate leniency policy. Public Sector Manager • November 2014

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5. One item of clothing you can’t live without? Rubicon Clothing's bonded lace shift dress. It is an ‘investment’ piece. 6. What is your shopping addiction? I love scents and jewellery. 7. What is your best buy ever? I have a couple of them including belts, bags, shoes and a blue outfit I bought from Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs, a local clothing brand. 8. What are the five staple items that all women should have in their closets? White cotton shirt, textured (brocade, bonded lace or guipure lace) calf length pencil skirt, classic swing skirt, textured (brocade, bonded lace or guipure lace) calf length shift dress and a classic blouse. 9. What should we look out for this coming season in the world of fashion? Safari, ginghams and bold flower prints. 10. Which local celebrities do you enjoy dressing? Carol Tshabalala, Vaylen Kirtley, Nambitha Mpulwana and Jen Su.

Nengovhela's fashion favourites: 1. What are the biggest trends this season? Faux fur, clean lines and cocoon silhouettes. 2. Who is your style icon? The late Grace Kelly. 3. What is your most extravagant buy to date? I love investment pieces. From bags, shoes and jewellery. My latest buy is pearls from the Xiamen Island in China that I bought on a break while studying a clothing and textile course in Fuzhou. 4. Where is your favourite shopping spot locally? I shop anywhere I find products that speak to me. One needs to explore to be enticed.

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heaLth anD WeLL-Being

Compiled by: Noluthando Mkhize

What you need to know about Type II diabetes is a disease that results when the body’s cells become resistant to insulin. In Type II diabetes, unlike in Type I, insulin is still produced by the body but it isn't used appropriately. Symptoms of diabetes include: •

Frequent thirst.

Constant tiredness.

bout 347 million people across the world have

Frequent urination.

diabetes, according to the World Health Organisation.

Weight loss.

With World Diabetes Day commemorated on

Itching.

14 November, PSM arms you with information to manage

Blurred vision

A

Anyone can get diabetes. Being overweight and hav-

diabetes better.

ing a family history of diabetes increases the risk.

What is diabetes?

Depending on the type and severity of the diabetes,

Diabetes is a condition where a person has a high blood

it can be treated with diet plus exercise or with diet,

sugar or glucose level.

exercise and medication. Medication may be insulin

It develops when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin.

injections, tablets or both.

Without insulin the body cannot get the energy it needs from food.

The good news is that having diabetes does not mean the end of a normal healthy life. You need to accept

Normally, a gland called the pancreas makes insulin, which carries the sugar in the blood into the cells. With diabetes,

that you have the condition and then learn how to manage it.

the pancreas fails to supply enough insulin, or the insulin doesn’t work properly.

Management and control of blood sugar is very important as it prevents or reduces the risk of developing the complications of the disease.

Types of diabetes

The abnormally high blood sugar levels (hyperglyce-

There are two major types of diabetes: Type I, commonly

mia) can diseases related on the kidney, eye and heart,

called juvenile diabetes, and Type II, commonly called adult

among others. Without proper management it can lead

on-set diabetes. Both have similar symptoms but very dif-

to blindness and amputation.

ferent causes.

A healthy diet is the foundation for good blood sugar

Type I diabetes, usually diagnosed in childhood, is a dis-

control in any type of diabetes, even without medica-

ease where the body’s own immune system attacks and kills

tion in some cases. Whether you are being treated with

the

cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. This leaves the body without insu-

insulin injections or tablets, you still need to follow a sensible diet.

lin, and unable to regulate its blood sugar levels.

Regular exercise of between three and four times a week for 20-50 minutes is necessary for good health. This includes: •

Walking up and/or down a flight of stairs instead of taking the lift. • Walking to the shops instead of taking a car. •

50 –100 skips a day with a skipping rope.

Source: KwaZulu-Natal Health Department.

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BooK reVieWs

Compiler: Maselaelo Seshotli

Thinking Fast and Slow Writer: Daniel Kahneman In Thinking Fast and Slow, Kahneman aims to present a view of how the mind works and draws on recent developments in cognitive and social psychology. The book takes the reader on a journey through the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is explained as fast, intuitive and emotional, while System 2 is slower, thoughtful and logical. The book offers practical and interesting insight into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives. It also shares tips on techniques that can be used to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Preferences for the decisions we make can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions. Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuition and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking

Leaders Eat Last Writer: Simon Sinek When US Marines gather to eat, the most junior are served first while the most senior eat last. This is a reflection of the price of leadership – being prepared to place the needs of others above your own. In Leaders Eat Last, Sinek highlights the need for leaders to know and truly care for those they are placed in charge of. He illustrates that organisations in which the leadership does not create a people-centred environment may do well for a brief period but will eventually take a knock. Those organisations that value people prosper over the long term in good and bad periods. Sinek presents his ideas with fascinating true stories from the military, government, manufacturing and investment banking, among others. He argues that leaders who are willing to eat last reap the rewards in the form of loyal colleagues who will go all out to realise the vision.

SNAKES IN SUITS: When Corporate Psychopaths Go To Work Writer: Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare In this book, corporate psychologist Paul Babiak and psychopathy expert Robert Hare zoom in on the psychopath’s role in modern corporations. Snakes in Suits lays bare the psychopath’s secrets, explains how they manipulate and mislead, and tells readers how to look beyond their games. It is a scientific look at how psychopaths work in the corporate environment. By sharing the situations they have encountered, the authors give readers insight into what it is like to work with a corporate psychopath. The aim is to help readers understand what makes psychopaths tick and what behaviour should be scrutinised to gain clues about their true nature.

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traVeL

Writer: Albert Pule Photographer: Phil Magakoe

Up close with the Big Five H

is small brownish eyes pierce through the thick bushes. His

advanced environmental management techniques

ears are spread wide in an attentive position and his thick

and policies.

blood vessels visible from a distance.

Our trip to KNP started on a Monday with the launch

He flaps his ears with his gigantic head bowed and charges to-

of scheduled flights to Skukuza Airport, followed by a

wards the group of tourists, while sniffing the ground and squeal-

presentation on scientific methods of fighting rhino

ing – a sound that covers a distance of more than 20 kilometres.

poaching.

Before he reaches the group he stops and then walks slowly

Make no mistake, rhino poaching is a serious problem

across the road, almost as if he is enjoying the attention and click-

facing the country. But government and South African

ing of cameras.

National Parks (SANParks) are working hard to deal with

On the other side of the road, a large female elephant watches the performance of the young bull.

the challenge. The highlight of the trip came when the group trav-

She nods her approval and the two disappear into the thick bush of the Kruger National Park (KNP).

elled in an Open Safari Vehicle (OSV) from the Skukuza Airport to Letaba Rest camp.

The tour guide tells us we almost witnessed a rare occasion of a young male elephant mating with his counterpart. “He is angry that we disturbed him that’s why he was flapping his ears and walking like that. He is trying to send us a message,” explains our tour guide Joseph Ndlovu.

After spotting the elephant I am eager to spot the remaining four members of the Big Five family. After driving for two hours, we are 20 kilometres from camp when the OSV suddenly comes to a halt. “Look at that, that’s a majestic beast,” says Ndlovu as

It is the first time I have set foot in a game reserve when I witness the interaction between the elephants.

he points to a white rhino. “This beast is the third largest land mammal.”

I did not know what to expect from the KNP, having only seen

It’s huge and hefty. Bulls weigh up to 2 000 kg and

its beauty on television, but I was happy to be in Africa’s premiere

are larger than cows which weigh up to 1 800 kg. The

wild life destination.

grey skin is almost hairless. White rhinos also have a

The KNP was established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the

We also come across a herd of buffalo walking from a

South African lowveld.

drinking hole as we drive to camp to refresh and enjoy

Covering more than

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hump on the neck.

an evening boma braai.

2 million hectares, the

The next day started with a breakfast at the Letaba

KNP is a world leader in

Restaurant and then it was time for another game drive

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to view a carcass of a poached rhino. After a 45 minute drive, we come across the first sign that the carcass is nearby. Above the blue sky, vultures are circling and some descend on the smelly carcass. The second clue is the smell of rotting meat. Eventually, we come across a large grey boulder sized lump - the dead rhino under a tree.

What you need to know about the KNP

“Four shots were reported on yesterday at 18h05 from

The KNP offers its visitors up close and personal nature

the camp, so we had an exact time of death,” says Sec-

experiences with a variety of activities. Whether it is driv-

tion Ranger Richard Sowry.

ing, biking, hiking or walking that you want to do, KNP has

Sowry is responsible for a part of Kruger National

something for you. Experienced, professional and armed guides act as trail

Park known as Kingfisherspruit, which covers just over 95 000 hectares. As we move closer to the carcass, he can tell how it

leaders and interpret the natural surroundings at regular intervals, to make the most of guided activity.

was killed. “Look, it has gone straight down on its back legs with the front legs folded neatly under it, we know it died

5 Things to see at KNP •

Sowry is accompanied by SANParks Environmental

• •

Saddle-bill Stork.

The three are at the scene to collect DNA samples of •

Five Trees – Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula, Mopane.

Sowry says earlier this year, a man was arrested in Singapore and his DNA was linked to a poached rhino.

Birding Big Six– Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and

South African Police Service. the rhino in the hope of linking it to a suspect.

The Little Five – Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle.

Crime Investigation Chief Kobus de Wet and Forensic Rhino Specialist Warrant Officer Linda Luthor from the

The Big Five – Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino.

on the spot from a head or a heart shot.”

Natural/Cultural Features – Letaba Elephant Museum,

A water bottle lid is found next to the carcass. Luthor

Jock of the Bushveld Route, Albasini Ruins, Masorini

tells us it could provide valuable clues because it might

Ruins, Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library, Thulamela.

contain fingerprints of the suspected poacher.

For more information go to www.sanparks.org.za

South Africa holds 80 per cent of the rhino population on the African continent. Since the beginning of the year, South Africa has lost over 618 rhinos. The KNP has been the hardest hit with more than 400 of its rhinos poached. After a draining day spent viewing the carcass of the rhino, we head to Satara Rest Camp to prepare for International Ranger Day. KNP rangers took centre stage as government and SANParks celebrated International Ranger Day, honouring and commemorating the work done by rangers, who often risk their lives to protect animals and the wildlife. The event was held for the seventh time in honour of

After the event, I’m tired, bruised and battered from traversing the

rangers who lost their lives in the battle against poach-

terrain of the KNP, but I’m happy that for the first time in my life, I saw

ers and other environmental crimes.

three members of the Big Five.

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Car CarreVieWs reVieWs

Compiler: Ashref Ismail

Jaguar XE – a new take

on sports saloons T he rear-drive Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the

Front-and-rear-seat occupants enjoy generous amounts of

sports saloon thanks to its advanced lightweight

head and legroom – the XE proves that sleek, streamlined styl-

construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior,

ing and interior space need not be mutually exclusive. Techni-

and outstanding ride and handling.

The Jaguar XE was revealed to the world during a starstudded event held at Earl’s Court, London. The XE will go on sale in 2015 with the high-performance S-model at the top of the range.

cal fabrics, fine-grain leathers and details such as contrasting twin-needle stitching all give the cabin a bespoke quality. The choice of gloss black, textured aluminium, and contemporary wood veneers enhance the luxurious, handcrafted feel. Jaguar is more experienced in the use of aluminium construc-

The XE S rewards drivers with the responsiveness and

tion than any other vehicle manufacturer. The unrivalled exper-

refinement of its supercharged 3.0 litre V6. Generating

tise in working with this lightweight material has culminated in

250kW and 450Nm of torque, this high-revving engine

the revolutionary body structure of the new XE.

is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with

The new XE has been engineered to meet the most stringent

paddle shift controls, giving the driver immediate access

crash test legislation worldwide and is expected to achieve the

to the vehicle’s incredible reserves of power. Accelerating

maximum 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

to 96.5km/h in just 4.9 seconds, the XE S has an electronically limited maximum speed of 250km/h. The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model de-

Active safety: Intelligent technologies to support the driver

veloped from Jaguar Land Rover’s new modular vehicle

The new XE’s light, stiff body structure has been engineered to

architecture and will set the standard for driving dynamics

meet the most demanding legislative and consumer crash-test

in the mid-size segment. The long wheelbase and low seat-

requirements worldwide. Complementing the outstanding lev-

ing position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined,

els of protection it offers is a suite of advanced driver assistance

coupé-like profile.

systems designed to help and support the driver, making every

The XE S will be joined by other models powered by highly efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines matched to smooth-shifting six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions. The diesels – part of Jaguar’s all-new Ingenium engine family – provide exemplary fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from 3.77l/100km and 99g/km. The XE is also the lightest, stiffest and most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon ever built. It is also the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering, tuned to provide exceptional responsiveness and feel but with lower energy consumption than hydraulic systems. The XE completes the Jaguar saloon car range sitting below the XF and XJ models.

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journey safer, more relaxing and enjoyable. The XE is the first car in the world to be equipped with All

world. At its heart is an eight-inch touchscreen featuring a clear, intuitive graphical interface and fast response times.

Surface Progress Control (ASPC). This all-new system, devel-

Voice control using plain speech gives access to any level of

oped with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover expe-

the system, without navigating through menus, so drivers can

rience in off-road traction systems, works like a low-speed

keep their eyes on the road. InControl’s SD card-based naviga-

cruise control. ASPC functions between 3.6km/h and 30km/h.

tion allows easy upgrades of map data. The system also supports

By precisely controlling the brake system and the powertrain

Bluetooth, audio streaming and USB connectivity.

it delivers optimum traction in the most slippery conditions without skidding or the driver using the pedals. Jaguar is one of the first manufacturers in the segment to

The car functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the Internet – the vehicle antenna provides the best possible signal.

use stereo-camera technology. This state-of-the-art sensor is

Jaguar InControl Remote functionality allows users of iOS

the ‘eyes’ of the XE’s autonomous emergency braking system,

and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wher-

providing highly accurate measurements of speed and dis-

ever they are and control a range of vehicle functions. These

tance of objects ahead, and can initiate full braking to avoid

include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control

or mitigate a collision.

system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine.

The stereo camera performs traffic sign recognition and lane

For drivers who just want to sit back and enjoy the music, the

departure warning functions too. The XE also offers systems

new XE brings Meridian audio technology to the segment for

such as adaptive cruise control, closing vehicle sensing, blind-

the first time. These superb systems are the latest product of

spot monitoring, semi-automated parallel and bay parking,

the long-standing partnership between Jaguar and British audio

and reverse traffic detection.

experts Meridian and were developed specifically for the new

The XE’s all-new InControl infotainment system offers the

XE. Unique algorithms guarantee the best possible sound repro-

latest technologies to connect car, driver and the outside

duction and tailor the experience to the interior’s acoustics. >>

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Land Rover

introduces the first member of the Discovery family

L

and Rover unveiled the new Discovery Sport, the world’s

all-terrain capability for which Land Rover is renowned.

most versatile and capable premium compact SUV.

In fact, with approach, departure and breakover angles

The first member of the new Discovery family, Discovery

of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively, Terrain Response®

Sport, features 5+2 seating in a footprint no larger than existing

technology, and the ability to wade to 600mm, Discov-

5-seat premium SUVs.

ery Sport offers class-leading capability in all conditions.

Discovery Sport’s progressive new design approach defines the

As with every new Land Rover, safety has been a key

new Discovery family with optimised volume, proportions and

priority in the development of the new Discovery Sport,

stance. Its design leadership combines with engineering integrity

resulting in autonomous emergency braking, and a

for a dynamic profile, the ultimate use of interior space and 5+2

state-of-the-art body shell featuring both ultra-high-

seating configurability.

strength steel and lightweight aluminium.

Land Rover digitally revealed the new Discovery Sport at Spaceport America in New Mexico, in the United States.

This represents a fraction of the advanced equipment available in Discovery Sport, which also includes an

The spirit of adventure is reflected in Discovery Sport’s interior,

all-new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and

which has been designed with customers at its core. It features

tilt-and-slide row-two seating for maximum interior

high-quality materials and a strong, vertical centre console graphic

configurability.

to reflect the premium design of the exterior, while the core Discovery value of versatility is evident everywhere.

At launch the Discovery Sport will be equipped with a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel

Storage solutions are integrated into the cabin and up to four

engines. Both the all-alloy Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine and

12V power points and six USB charging sockets can be specified

the 2.2-litre turbo diesel feature high-pressure direct

for all three rows of seating, allowing multiple electronic devices

injection, low-friction internal components and smart

to be charged simultaneously.

regenerative charging for outstanding performance

A host of innovations has allowed Discovery Sport to introduce the versatility of 5+2 seating into the premium compact SUV class for the first time. An all-new multi-link rear axle not only provides engaging driving dynamics but also ample and flexible cabin space behind the second row.

and economy. The nine-speed automatic transmission is fitted, along with four-wheel-drive. Discovery Sport will be produced at Land Rover’s award-winning manufacturing facility at Halewood,

Coupled with supple long-travel suspension, the innovative rear

Liverpool. It will go on sale early in 2015 alongside the

axle also ensures that the Discovery Sport is comfortable, refined

existing seven-seat Land Rover Discovery in over 170

and rewarding to drive on-road, while retaining the breadth of

markets worldwide.

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niCe-to-haVes

Writer: Nicholas Francis

For the man on the move

A

t Public Sector Manager magazine we know that with the fast-paced times of today we tend to forget to stop and spoil ourselves. We have selected a few must-have items for the manager on the go which also serves as a great stock-

ing filler this festive season.

2. Mont Blanc Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen A piece of art. This fountain pen with deep black precious resin, gold-plated details, handcrafted gold nib and white star em1. Tom Ford Noir A sophisticated fragrance for the man who works hard and plays hard. Perfect for the boardroom or that romantic night out. Tom Ford Noir 50ml

blem finishes is Montblanc’s design icon. Mont Blanc Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen is available at Mont Blanc stores.

is available at Edgars stores.

3. Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph has combined refinement with the spirit of sport with a black dial and a polished steel bezel. A watch for any occasion. Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph is available at Arthur Kaplan Jeweller stores.

5. Blackberry Z3 Business on the go. This device is well equipped with Blackberry 10 OS and is Android APP compatible as well. Your office in the palm of your hand. Bring your photo and video collection together with your favourite tracks 4. Hermès Etrivière II

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Aimed at all middle and senior managers in the Public Service and the Public Sector in general, Public Sector Manager speaks to the largest...

PSM November 2014 Issue  

Aimed at all middle and senior managers in the Public Service and the Public Sector in general, Public Sector Manager speaks to the largest...