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The National School of Government (NSG) carries the responsibility of training and developing the Public Service in South Africa. Its strategic positioning as a facilitator of training for public servants is crucial in meeting the transformation and human resource development needs of the country, and is fundamental to more effective people-centred service delivery at all spheres of government.

LEADERSHIP Leadership courses develop public servants into leaders who care, serve and deliver, building leadership capacity across all in the Public Service. CONTACTS: Chief Director: Dr Milly Paile PA: Ms Theolene Pactrick (+27) 12 441 6351

The National Development Plan confirms that the uneven performance at national, provincial and local government

results from the interplay between a complex set of


factors including tensions in the political-administrative

Induction courses give effect to the induction and

interface, instability of the administrative leadership,

orientation of all public servants in line with public service

skills deficits, the erosion of accountability and authority,

determinations, directives and regulations, Constitutional

poor organisational design, inappropriate staffing and

requirement, the principles of Batho Pele, and the values

low staff morale. Therefore, the NSG is a call to build a

and ethos of the public service.

capable and developmental state that will assist in


correcting some of the inefficiencies in the Public Service.

Chief Director: Ms Louise Lepan

The NSG offers training in the following areas:

PA: Sibusiso Ndlovu


(+27) 12 441 6077



Courses offered under the Administration stream provide training that improves the administrative capacity of

CONTACT DETAILS: Switchboard: 012 441 6000

the state, for which there have been repeated calls for

Fax: 012 441 6030


Contact centre: 086 100 8326


Physical Address: 70 Meintjies Str, ZK Matthews Building, Sunnyside

Chief Director: Ms Soria Arendt

Postal Address: Private Bag X759, Pretoria, 0001

PA: Ms Tebogo Khalushi (+27) 12 441 6729




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Management courses focus on technical skills for generic management




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school of government Department: National School of Government REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Contents: September 2018




Management and professional development Attuned to service: Public servants must continuously improve


Public sector appointments Who is new in government?


Financial fitness How to beat ‘black tax’

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Stepping up the fight against gender-based violence Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha details the country’s efforts to curb violence against women


Conversations with leaders Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom explains why tourism is a beacon of hope for many South Africans


Profiles in leadership Malijeng Ngqaleni ensures that the three spheres of government work together for the benefit of all citizens


Mpumalanga has its first World Heritage Site The Barberton-Makhonjwa Mountains have been officially declared as South Africa’s 10th World Heritage Site


Women in the public sector Dr Lesego Bogatsu is a successful designated aviation medical examiner and senior manager of aviation medicine at the South African Civil Aviation Authority


Opinion Global South Africans are brand ambassadors


Working together for a safer South Africa The Department of Correctional Services is working on plans to shape the future of correctional services in the country


Trailblazer Ledile Norah Lehobye’s multi-lingual skills are helping ensure justice for all


Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips


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


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


Provincial focus Mpumalanga MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Eric Kholwane is working hard to ensure a brighter future for the province


International relations 10th BRICS Summit bolsters interaction and collaboration



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Celebrating our heritage,

promoting our tourism unified sense of pride – no matter

and culture of our country.

what our race, culture or language.

In light of this history, it is our task as government to restore, preserve

Month and Tourism Month are

and promote our many cultures.

celebrated in the same month. Our

Government departments

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.


It is appropriate that Heritage

such as the Department of Arts

heritage is strongly linked to tourism,

and Culture continue to focus

as the cultures and history of

on this essential task. One of the

South Africa are of great interest to

most important drivers of this is

tourists and are often the highlight

the Mzansi Golden Economy

of their trips here. Add to this our

programme, which is repositioning

wildlife, beautiful landscapes and

the arts, culture and heritage (ACH)

world-class hotels and lodges, and

sector as a key player in creating

it is clear to see that the tourism

social cohesion, sustainable

industry is bursting with potential. Tourism Month aims to create

jobs and social and economic

awareness of this potential and


to further stimulate the enormous

The programme is making n September, we celebrate both

good strides in supporting the

contribution that the tourism

the remarkable heritage and ex-

development of ACH practitioners

industry makes to our economy.

traordinary tourism potential of

through touring ventures, events

South Africa.

A key to this growth is the inclusion

and training. Through the incubator

of black-owned businesses, women

We are known across the world

and training programmes, more

and community-owned enterprises

as the “Rainbow Nation”, for good

than 2 000 young people in the

in the sector. The Department of

reason. Made up of numerous

ACH sector have been provided

Tourism’s Tourism Transformation

cultures, races and languages, our

with valuable training opportunities.

Fund has secured annual grant

heritage is among the richest and

The celebration of national days

funding of R40 million until 2020 to

most diverse of any nation. This

(such as Heritage Day on

vibrant melting pot is the backbone

24 September) plays an important

of South Africa – it makes us

role in building national identity.

being encouraged to head out

truly special. But we also have to

Initiatives such as the hoisting of

and experience for themselves

acknowledge that modern-day

the national flag at schools also

the attractions that lie on their

South Africa has, in equal part,

instils this sense of national pride

doorsteps. South Africa has a

been shaped by a heritage of

in our children, empowering them

treasure trove of heritage and


with knowledge of our unique

tourist attractions, which we should


all be proud to celebrate this

Colonialism and apartheid impacted heavily on the heritage


We should all strive towards this

achieve this aim. Meanwhile, South Africans are


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Serving people through a professional public service


n effective public service

moved into townships with little

is vital for the proper func-


tioning of any country. It is

Professionalism, proper manage-

precisely because of this that Public

ment and skills capacity within the

Service Month is recognised every

public service are central to this


aim. In line with the Public Admin-

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.

istration Management Act (signed

under 10 percent today. It is cru-

means to serve communities and

into law in 2014), the Department

cial that we retain staff employed

encourages all public servants

of Public Service and Administra-

in critical roles within the public

to roll up their sleeves; visit es-

tion has identified a number of ar-


sential community facilities such

eas where these can be improved.

The month reminds us of what it

as schools, hospitals and police

Six programmes are currently

Equally important is the need for public servants to put people

stations; and speak to citizens

being implemented by the depart-

first by ensuring that Batho Pele

about how service delivery can be

ment to address this issue, namely:

principles guide our work. These

improved in their areas.

policy development, research and

principles are aligned with the

analysis; administration; labour

constitutional ideals of promoting

month is all about recommitting to

relations and human resource

and maintaining high standards

our responsibility of caring for and

management; government’s Chief

of professional ethics; providing

serving the people. For citizens, the

Information Officer; service delivery

service impartially, fairly, equitably

month should be used to identify

support; and governance of pub-

and without bias; utilising re-

and suggest constructive ways

lic administration.

sources efficiently and effectively;

For employees of government, the

to address service delivery challenges.

We are building our skills ca-

responding to people’s needs; and

pacity in various ways, including

rendering an accountable, trans-

the appointment of youths into

parent and development-oriented

violent protests which continue to

national and provincial depart-

public administration.

rock South Africa. While govern-

ments. Almost 50 000 interns, learn-

ment understands the frustration

ers and apprentices have been

the Office of Standards and a set

that many residents experience

recruited under this programme.

of standardised operating proce-

due to service delivery issues,

In addition, new senior managers

dures will drive a compliant, ethical

damaging essential infrastructure

are now being mentored by more

public service, guided by stand-

will only set us back further in our

experienced managers, in order to

ards and norms.

bid to provide effective services for

become more effective leaders.

These and various other inter-

It is concerning to note the

Meanwhile, the development of

In terms of sufficient staffing,

ventions are central to achieving

one, as we are still trying to reverse

vacancy rates within the public

our overall mission of maintaining

the impact that apartheid had on

service sector have improved

a “professional, productive and

service delivery – when the major-

significantly, dropping from over

responsive public service and

ity of South Africa’s people were

14 percent at the end of 2014, to


all. The task is a long and difficult


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From the editor’s desk “Do you remember the 21st night

stories which resonate with an

of September?

online audience. It will help us to

Love was changing the minds of

market our stories to a broader


market, as the site is fully search

While chasing the clouds away

engine optimised using the latest

Our hearts were ringing

algorithms. That is quite a mouthful,

In the key that our souls were

so let’s just say that when you next


search for government managers,

As we danced in the night

some of them have been profiled

Remember how the stars stole the

in PSM and you should begin to

night away.” It is the perfect time to quote the lines of the Earth, Wind and Fire song, "September". Yes, it's that time of year again: spring.

find our next crop of leaders on the consider a holiday inside southern Africa. You won’t be sorry.

website. The site was built internally by

But now some housekeeping and administration details.

GCIS staff and features fully responsive design, making it smartphone

As you can see in PSM magazine,

friendly. In fact, the design has

we are determined to provide not

taken into account the needs of

generally improves, clouds start

only a developmental platform for

South Africa’s growing smartphone

forming which provide the rains

government managers, but also

user base, and is therefore more

that ensure that our farmlands

a real way to integrate the maga-

relevant to a younger emerging

can produce food for us over the

zine with social media and mobile


next year and many South Africans


The weather around the country

We would also like to stress that

That is why, being spring, we de-

because the PSM website was de-

ing summer. It also leads to many

cided to launch our new website

veloped internally, we have saved

South Africans planning their time

hundreds of thousands of Rands of

off at the end of the year.

at precisely this point. When the

taxpayers’ money.

begin to think about the com-

I have travelled extensively

darling buds of September start

In the present days of resource

around the southern African region

sprouting, it is time to take advan-

restrictions and limitations on gov-

over the past three years, including

tage of the new growth.

ernment expenditure, it is important

driving to Zambia, spending two

It is now time for us to share the

to keep costs down while ensuring

weeks in the Namibian desert film-

stories of success inside govern-

that world-standard developments

ing a documentary and enjoying

ment particularly with regard to the


the delights of the island of Mauri-

hard-working innovators who are

tius among other experiences.

sometimes taken for granted. Or

All these trips showed me that

worse, ignored.

we have so many things to do and

The new website will not be a

see in our own backyard. With the

slavish republishing of the maga-

Rand now under pressure, please

zine, but a cherry picking of those


Head of Editorial and Production Des Latham

Public Sector Manager • September 2018


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Writer: More Matshediso

Tourism growing the economy, creating jobs


outh Africa is blessed with a

one night in South Africa are

around 100 000 visitors from China,

rich history, cultural diversity

classed as tourists. It is thus difficult

which is now the world’s biggest

and spectacular natural at-

to accurately compare tourism

outbound market. This has huge

statistics pre- and post-2009.

potential for South Africa, said

tractions that make it a very appealing tourism destination. Its natural, social and cultural

Minister Hanekom. Similarly, India is

However, in 1994, 3.9 million international ‘tourists’ (day trips and

a growing outbound market

heritage makes it unique and gives

overnight trips) visited South Africa,

and South Africa also gets

the country a competitive edge.

compared to 15.9 million day and

around 100 000 tourists from there.

According to the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, “Since the

“We expect good future growth

night visitors in 2017.

in arrivals from these markets,” the

“We started to count overnight

advent of democracy in 1994, the

visitors, i.e. true tourists, in 2009,

tourism sector has grown in leaps

and we received 10.2 million [true]

and bounds.”

tourists in 2017. The industry is show-

ues to be the main source of tourist

In an interview with PSM he elabo-

Minister added. Excitingly, the rest of Africa contin-

ing strong ongoing growth trends,

arrivals, with Zimbabwe, Lesotho,

rated on the role that the sector is

generally faster than average

Mozambique, Swaziland and

playing in growing the economy

economic growth,” he said.

Botswana remaining the main five

and creating jobs for citizens. Tourists globally are looking for

Breaking the statistics down in

source markets from the continent.

terms of trends, the Minister noted

“About 6.9 million Africans visited

experiences that incorporate

that inbound tourism has been

us in 2017, arriving through our

heritage and culture. South Africa

performing very well, with interna-

land borders, and a further 640 000

offers amazing variety, from culture

tional tourist arrivals growing from

came by air, to visit friends and rela-

and heritage, palaeontology and

8.6 million in 2012 to 10.3 million in

tives, while others come for shop-

the origins of humankind, to wars,

2017. About 2.7 million of the 2017

ping,” he said

ancestral sites, Nelson Mandela’s

arrivals were from outside Africa.

Minister Hanekom added that

“The United Kingdom, United

Nigeria is a good potential source

historic sites, liberation struggle

of tourists in the future.

sites, museums, galleries, routes and

States of America, Germany, France

architectural heritage sites, noted

and the Netherlands were South

the Minister.

Africa’s top five overseas source

our strong traditional markets and

markets in 2017,” he said.

these new important markets. “

day visitors and those who stayed

World markets

which is when people visit the

overnight, whereas today only

When it comes to important world

country for conferences, conven-

those people who spend at least

markets, South Africa only gets

tions or exhibitions, about

Prior to 2009, no differentiation

With regard to business tourism,

was made between international


“Our strategies focus on both

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

one million business tourists arrived in South Africa in 2016, of which 46 percent came from Africa.

National Tourism Sector Strategy The Minister said the sector can substantially grow the number of visitors to the country if it implements the revised National Tourism Sector Strategy. The strategy is anchored by five pillars, namely: • Improving tourism assets and infrastructure. • Offering excellent service and creating memorable experiences. • Marketing South Africa effectively. • Making it easier for tourists to come to our country. • Transforming the industry. Following this strategy, the Minister said the Department of Tourism is in the process of reviewing the Tourism Act of 2014 so that legislation can support strategic intent. “We are also strengthening our planning capacity and working

Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

with municipalities to develop tourism precincts to crowd in further

Management System to optimise

and this led to 1.6 million people

investment around tourism nodes

the way it uses data and informa-

being employed across the sector’s

and are also collaborating with

tion to inform future development.

value chain.

provinces to develop master plans for regions which offer the potential for growth,” he shared.

According to the World Travel and

Economic growth and job creation

The department is also develop-

Minister Hanekom said the tourism

ing a National Tourism Information

sector has flourished over the years

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

Tourism Council, the tourism sector supports about 742 000 direct jobs in the country. “If the multiplier effect of the


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industry is taken into account, then the industry in total supports approximately 1.64 million jobs, or 10.2 percent of total employment in South Africa,” the Minister explained. He said tourism is a beacon of hope for many people in the country who are without jobs and incomes, adding that often people do not realise how those in agriculture, manufacturing and retail owe a bit of their jobs to tourism. For instance, tourists consume food from agriculture and they sleep on sheets which the textile industry produces. The credit card divisions at the banks owe their jobs to the thousands of credit card transactions that tourists make. The list goes on, and this is why the Minister believes that most jobs Gross Domestic Product (GDP),

The programme assists enterprises

tourism’s contribution was esti-

to grow and expand in a sustain-

ages sector is also critical to the

mated at R131.3 billion in 2017 and

able way.

tourism and hospitality industry as it

that marked about three percent of

supplies essential commodities for

total GDP.

rely on tourism demand for support. In addition, the food and bever-


It also has a tourism incentive programme, in partnership with

“On an extended total contribu-

institutions like the National Empow-

tion basis, this rises to R412.5 billion

erment Fund, the Industrial Devel-

the food and beverage industry

or 9.4 percent of GDP,” said the

opment Corporation and South

was about R3.5 billion in 2016,


African Tourism to offer financial

The average monthly income of

support to small tourism enterprises.

which led to a total annual income

Supporting small businesses

to stimulate investment by black

contributed about 41 percent to

Over and above creating jobs,

investors, encourage energy ef-

the total income during 2015 and

the department has an enterprise

ficiency, reduce the cost of tourism

2016, and take-away and fast food

development unit which offers a

grading and improve market ac-

outlets contributed 42 percent in

business development support

cess,” said the Minister.

2016,” he said.

programme to new, emerging and

of about R42.1 billion. “Restaurants and coffee shops

When it comes to South Africa’s


existing businesses in the sector.

“Our incentive programmes aim

The department has also established the Enterprise Develop-

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

ment Programme to support new

sector, which can offer employment

ism sector and local

and existing tourism enterprises

to the graduates once they have


through developmental incubators

completed training,” said Minister

based at Phalaborwa in Limpopo,


The department also has an executive development programme which has enabled

Manyeleti in Mpumalanga, Mier in the Northern Cape and Pilanes-

Women in tourism

about 40 black women managers

berg in the North West.

According to the Minister, women

to be trained in business skills and

make up 70 percent of the tourism

leadership qualities (NQF Level 8

workforce but they are under-rep-

qualification) at the University of

resented in senior positions.

South Africa.

Additional incubators will be established soon. In conjunction with National Treasury and South African Na-

He said studies conducted by

This is to ensure that more

tional Parks, the department has

the Tourism Transformation Charter

women are represented in the sec-

developed guidelines for the

Council indicate that the pace

tor as leaders, entrepreneurs and

commercialisation of state-owned

of transformation is slow and the


attractions through concessions

representation of women at senior

with the aim to transform the sector

management and ownership level

Marketing SA abroad

by facilitating market access and

is low.

To ensure that the sector keeps

transferring skills to black operators.

“The most recent baseline study

growing, the department’s entity,

These include open-top vehicle

conducted in 2017 showed that

South African Tourism, has a man-

safari drive operators, restaurants,

only 32 percent of tourism enter-

date to market South Africa to the

picnic sites, retail shops and lodge

prises had achieved the target


operations inside the parks.

set for black women in owner-

The entity has nine country hub

ship structures, with 11 percent of

offices around the world that man-

with established players in the

enterprises including black women

age marketing in all South Africa’s

industry to implement an enterprise

in senior management, executive

key source markets.

and supplier development pro-

and board level,” he said.

The department is also working


In an effort to address the eco-

It participates in the top international tourism marketing exhibi-

nomic inequalities and challenges

tions and runs the iconic Africa’s

many opportunities for small, me-

faced by women within the sector,

Travel Indaba exhibition each year

dium and micro-sized enterprises to

the department launched Women

in South Africa, in which exhibitors

supply services and products to the

in Tourism in 2014. Its main focus

from South Africa and the rest of


areas are:

the continent profile their products

• Employment skills for young

and services.

The Minister noted that there are

The department also offers several skills development programmes

women as an entry point to the

including training for chefs, som-

labour market.

meliers and food safety assurers, to

• Supply chain participation for

help young people acquire a qualification and get work experience.

women cooperatives. • Career advancement for

“The programmes are implemented in partnership with the private

women employees. • Gender awareness for the tour-

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

SA Tourism also manages the Sho’t Left and #wedotourism domestic tourism campaigns. These forge partnerships with the private sector to make domestic tourism accessible and affordable for all South Africans.


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Coordinating finances for

better service delivery


he coordination and collaboration of the three spheres of

The main mandate of her division

on all services as expected.

PSM spoke to Malijeng Ngqaleni,

is to coordinate fiscal and financial

the Deputy Director-General re-

relations in national, provincial and

the smooth running of government

sponsible for the Intergovernmen-

local government.

and gives ordinary citizens equitable

tal Relations Division of National

Ngqaleni said part of her job is

access to basic services in South

Treasury, to understand how the

to manage the division of revenue


three spheres of government work

and allocation of money between

together to ensure that the state’s

the three spheres of government.

government is important for

However, some municipalities and provinces do not always have

revenue is used for the benefit

enough money to actually deliver

of all citizens.


She is well suited to the job thanks to her thorough education-

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

al background in economics. “I obtained my first degree in economics from the University of Leso-

and national government, and it

First and foremost, she said, peo-

also allocated them the revenue

ple need to understand that the

raising responsibility,” she added.

three spheres of government man-

tho and worked there for a while as

To come to an agreement on

a lecturer in economics. I have also

how to divide resources between

lectured in agricultural economics

the three spheres of government,

ment of Education is responsible

at the University of the North (now

National Treasury uses the Intergov-

for formulating policies, norms and

the University of Limpopo) and I ob-

ernmental Fiscal Relations Act to

standards, and provinces have

tained an MSc degree in Agricul-

consult with the provinces through

to implement them. But for imple-

tural Economics from the University

the MECs of Finance, as well as lo-

mentation to take place, funds are

of Saskatchewan in Canada,” said

cal government through the South

needed, which are allocated by


African Local Government Associa-

National Treasury.

Her first job in government was at the Department of Rural Develop-

age their functions concurrently. For example, the National Depart-

tion (SALGA). “This is to ensure that the alloca-

Financial planning

ment, where she was responsible

tions are fair and equitable, and

Ngqaleni emphasised that finan-

for the monitoring and impact

will enable them to deliver on their

cial planning is important because

analysis of land reform.

mandates,” said Ngqaleni.

it shows whether the budget talks

“At the end of the day, it is impor-

to how the province or municipality

1998 as a budget analyst and

tant to remember that government

is actually prioritising the delivery of

worked her way up the ranks.

does this to ensure that its pro-

certain services.

She joined National Treasury in

grammes benefit ordinary citizens

Division of revenue In her current position, Ngqaleni

who need services,” she explained. “The Constitution states that eve-

“Because we give provinces and municipalities allocations on a three-year basis, we actually en-

focuses mainly on solving the

ryone, irrespective of where they

able them to plan ahead. It also

problems that prevent money

are, must have equitable access to

helps National Treasury to review

from reaching the people on the

basic services. So, the allocations

plans drafted by municipalities


make it possible for people even in

and provinces before they can be

“Free basic services are funded

rural areas to have access to free

implemented,” she explained.

by the national government. South

water, healthcare and education

“We allocate resources on a

Africa’s Constitution provides for

for instance.”

the division of nationally raised

Ngqaleni said planning, reporting

three-year cycle to ensure a degree of certainty and predict-

revenue between the three spheres

and the management of finances

ability in the flow so that plans for

of government to enable them

in municipalities and provinces are

spending can be made ahead of

to deliver on their mandates,” she

important responsibilities carried

the year of implementation,” she


out by government to ensure that


“The Constitution allocated functions to municipalities, provinces

services are delivered to citizens equitably and without glitches.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

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and the capacity of municipalities

also provides provinces and mu-

“The concept of transparency is very big in our system, because if

nicipalities with technical support

Ngqaleni added that National

the national department is respon-

for financial management.

Treasury assesses the plans and

sible for education and yet educa-

budgets to ensure that they are

tion is delivered by provinces, they

through the Infrastructure Delivery

aligned and that budgets are

want to know whether that delivery

Improvement Programme to help

funded from the revenue received

is happening,” she said.

them implement their programmes.

and provinces to raise revenue.

“We also support provinces

and raised by the subnational;

Reporting provides information

they then give effect to govern-

to the national government that is

they could not spend almost R6

ment priorities.

responsible for a certain function,

billion on infrastructure, but now

it gives information to legislatures

they are spending almost R50 bil-

ince or municipality whether its

or Parliament on a quarterly basis,

lion on that,” she noted.

budget is funded, credible, suitable

and it reflects on performance.

“We are able to advise the prov-

and relevant,” she said.

In 2003, when we started with them,

“We assist municipalities to prepare budgets that fund their

“Reporting becomes very

For instance, now that govern-

important for intergovernmental

prioritised plans, on how to man-

ment is approaching the 2019/20

coordination. It also provides for

age their finances and to report on

financial year, National Treasury

early warning so that if there is a


is helping provinces and munici-

problem, the national department

palities this financial year to finalise

can try to implement measures to

their plans, including Integrated

address the problem,” she added.

Facing challenges head on Ngqaleni’s job does not come

Development Plans and budgets. lates into budgets that actually

Financial management

give effect to the priority of govern-

Financial management is about

mentality that most government

ment’s delivery of services. From

making sure that the resources are

officials and departments have.

the budgets, the people will know

used according to plan and that

what it is that the municipality or

they are able to achieve the set

and coordinate to deliver effec-

province is planning to deliver

objectives of delivering the service

tively, but what we have at the

for them, and what choices have

to the people.

moment in government is that

“Financial planning really trans-

been made since the needs are too many,” she said.

without challenges and she feels that the biggest one is the silo

“Government has to collaborate

everybody wants to do their own

Management of finances also

thing,” she said.

ensures that there are internal controls in order to mitigate wasted

She has learned that effort and

Financial reporting

resources and irregular spending,

time are necessary tools when it

When it comes to financial report-

Ngqaleni explained.

comes to building relations and

ing, Ngqaleni said it is important

“Coordination and alignment of

planning together.

because it enhances transparency

policy, planning and implementa-

and accountability to taxpayers,

tion is important in our concur-

tion, Ngqaleni said she does not

and strengthens coordination as it

rent system in the delivery of most

always look at challenges in the

informs the national departments


context of being a woman, but she

on how they are performing.


Ngqaleni said National Treasury

As a woman in a leadership posi-

looks at people and understands

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

Malijeng Ngqaleni is t he Deputy Director-General responsible for t he Intergovernmental Relations Division of National Treasur y.

that people can be difficult. “When I look at men, I realise that

to accept things that they do

This is because she has real-

not know, acknowledge their

ised that there is an increase

most of them have too big egos

mistakes and ask for help where

in mental problems even in the

to be the kind of people that are


work environment, which requires

open about their weaknesses, be-

“My policy is to actually work

support for people to be skilled

cause they are meant to always be

more on myself than others,

in how to manage themselves

strong and have this competitive

because sometimes it is not

and their workload to avoid

spirit,” she explained.

about what happens to you, but

destructive stress and being

the meaning you give it and how


“This is what makes it more difficult to get them to work in teams and perform to their level best,” she added.

Building trust

you respond.” She said it is not always neces-

As a person who always looks for solutions to problems that

sary to look at problems from a

contribute to the smooth deliv-

gender perspective.

ery of services, Ngqaleni is also

When the time comes for

the kind of leader who seeks to

Ngqaleni said working in teams

her to retire, Ngqaleni said

empower people that she works

requires one to build trust and

she would like to be a life coach

with so that they can also grow

building trust means that people

and to work with civil society

and prosper, and live life in a

should be vulnerable, be willing


productive way.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018



Dr Lesego Bogatsu is t he senior manager of aviation medicine at t he Sout h African Civil Aviation Aut hority.

Aviation doctor’s career takes flight 24

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

Dr Lesego Bogatsu, who has established herself as one of South Africa’s inspirational women leaders, acknowledges that it was the actions of a group of women in 1956 that revolutionised the way women are viewed in our country today.


outh Africa recently com-

with her grandmother and cousin

tional, environmental and clinical

memorated the 1956 march,

during the 1976 riots. “All I can

medicine with the physiology and

which saw over 20 000 wom-

remember is the smoke from the

psychology of man in flight. It is

teargas,” she said

concerned with the health and

en petition the then Prime Minister JG Strijdom for the abolition of

She grew up with entrepreneurial

passes. This historic event not only

parents, who made the importance

and passengers, and the selection

had a huge impact then, but its

of education clear. After leaving

and performance of those who

significance continues to be seen

George Khoza High School she

hold aviation licences.

today. The actions of these women

headed to Florida, in the United

opened doors of opportunity for

States of America, to obtain a Bach-

the establishment of the SACAA,

generations of women to come.

elor’s degree in Biology.

all civilian medical certification

Dr Lesego Bogatsu, the senior

In 1995 she came back to South

safety of those who fly, both crew

In South Africa, prior to 1999 and

processes applicable to aviation

manager of aviation medicine

Africa and enrolled at the Free

personnel and training of DAMEs

at the South African Civil Aviation

State University Medical School. “It

was conducted by the Institute of

Authority (SACAA), said she would

was extremely tough, as there were

Aviation Medicine (IAM). The IAM is

not have gone to medical school

only eight black students and an

a unit of the South African Military

had these women not stood their

estimated 150 white students. As a

Health Service, which forms part


result, a couple of my classmates

of the National Department of

and I decided to move to Medunsa


“I also would not be in the position that I am in without the com-

(now called Sefako Makgatho

mitment and contribution of these

University) after failing our third

ment of Defence was performing


year and fearing that we would not

the functions on behalf of the

complete our studies,” she said.

National Department of Trans-

“In order to honour their contribution, we really need to respect

Dr Bogatsu not only completed

At the time, the National Depart-

port, without cost or an official

every opportunity that is afforded to

her MBChB but was awarded

memorandum of agreement. “The

women in this country and push for

an academic prize for internal

decision was based on the limited

more,” she said.

medicine. She then completed her

expertise in the civilian environment

Master’s degree in Public Health at

in aerospace medicine,” said Dr

the University of Pretoria.


Dr Bogatsu, a successful designated aviation medical examiner (DAME), was born and raised in

Aviation medicine, in which Dr

Initially, all of the functions relating

Dobsonville, Soweto, where one of

Bogatsu specialises, combines

to the medical certification pro-

her earliest memories is walking

aspects of preventive, occupa-

cesses for civilian personnel were

Public Sector Manager • September 2018



The SACAA operates in a global

centralised at the IAM. The system

environments and the newly in-

was later decentralised, resulting

troduced remotely-piloted aircraft

space and aviation is continuously

in the designation of civil aviation


evolving. As a result, it continuously

medical examiners responsible for

“This has helped me to under-

affords its employees opportunities

medical examinations of civilian

stand how crucial medical condi-

to be innovative, identify gaps in

aviation personnel and issuing

tions are and how greatly they can

the system and propose interven-

medical certificates. “This contin-

impact on aviation safety,” she


ued until 1999 when the Interna-


“One of the interventions that I

tional Civil Aviation Organisation

Being a DAME does come with

conducted an audit and recom-

its challenges. Dr Bogatsu explains

nity to lead is the Collaborative

mended that South Africa, through

that on one hand you have an ap-

Arrangement for the Prevention

the SACAA, establish an in-house

plicant (pilot, cabin crew or air traf-

and Management of Public Health

medical department to oversee

fic controller) whose livelihood de-

Events in Civil Aviation,” said Dr

all medical certification processes

pends on having a valid medical

Bogatsu, who describes this as a

and training.”

certificate; on the other you have

highlight of her career.

In her current role, Dr Bogatsu

have been afforded an opportu-

business owners who run their

The programme was established

is responsible for the oversight of

companies while complying with

by the World Health Organisation

medical certification processes,

the SACAA legislation. “This can

and the International Civil Aviation

on behalf of the director of civil

create a conflict of interest that has

Organisation. “I was appointed as

aviation, including the designation

to be managed by the SACAA and

one of the technical advisors for

and training of medical examiners;

examiners. DAMEs have to ensure

the United Nations, which allowed

drafting regulations; oversight of air

that they are familiar with the medi-

me to travel around the African

ambulance operations; oversight

cal standards applicable to avia-

continent training other countries

of first-aid training, examiners and

tion personnel and the risks that

and helping them to set up a

instructors; and oversight of the

must be averted by ensuring that

relevant legislative framework,” she

Collaborative Arrangement for the

a medical certificate is awarded to


Prevention and Management of

deserving and compliant clients,”

Public Health Events in Civil Avia-

she said.

tion at airports and airlines, among

One of her aspirations for the future is to assist in the transformation of the aerospace medi-

Another challenge that medical examiners face is ensuring that the

cine field, by creating awareness

thousands of passengers who fly

around it in previously disadvan-

challenging and forces me to get

daily are protected during take-off,

taged communities.

out of my comfort zone,” said Dr

cruising and landing. “Incapacita-


tion can occur randomly. Being

what they want and be passion-

She explained that over the years

part of a team that prevents public

ate about what they do. “Money

she was forced to learn and under-

health events from infiltrating South

and recognition will follow. Be well

stand aviation personnel opera-

Africa through air travel is a major

informed, read, research and ask

tional conditions, such as aircraft

responsibility because not con-

questions because experts are

configurations and engineering,

ducting our functions properly can

always willing to share information,”

air traffic controllers’ occupational

lead to a loss of life.”

she said.

others. “I love that my job is technically


She urged women to focus on

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Breaking language barriers in court B eing multilingual landed Ledile

I was assisting people at the bank,

Norah Lehobye an exciting ca-

and he asked me if I was interested

reer that is not only stimulating

in becoming an interpreter,” she

but also helps ensure justice for all.


She was only 23 when, in 2009,

“I was a bit lost because I did not

she was recruited as an interpreter

know that people had jobs as inter-

at Modimolle Magistrate Office in

preters. He explained it to me and I


was intrigued. He told me that there

Now 32, Lehobye is the youngest

were vacancies at his workplace

court interpreter at the Pretoria North

and I applied. The process took for-

Magistrate Court.

ever; by the time I got a call inviting

She spoke to PSM about how her

me to an interview, I had forgotten

love of languages has shaped her

that I’d applied for the job,” Lehobye



“Before starting my job as an interpreter, I worked at a bank in Modimolle as a teller, customer service consultant and enquiries clerk. One day, a principal interpreter from the local magistrate court heard me speaking a number of

Despite this, she was offered the position and so began an exciting journey for Lehobye, who is Tsonga and has a Pedi husband. She is able to speak Afrikaans, Sepedi, Xitsonga, English and Setswana fluently and also knows a bit of Tshivenda and isiZulu. After getting married, she moved to Pretoria where her husband had a


medical practice and secured a job


in 2014 as an Afrikaans interpreter at


the Pretoria North Magistrate Office.

Learning a new language “I have been commended for Ledile Norah Lehobye is t he youngest cour t interpreter at t he Pretoria Nor t h Magistrate Cour t.


speaking Afrikaans very well, even by people whose home language is Afrikaans. Some

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

tell me that I even speak it better

her contribute to getting justice for

not fully understand, all because

than them,” she said.

the people.

they want to impress.

“Sometimes I find myself having to

“Court is a very scary place and

Limpopo and Afrikaans was the

interpret Sepedi, Xitsonga, Afrikaans

many accused do not fully under-

most spoken language in her area;

and English simultaneously during

stand what is going on, so when

even schools had Afrikaans as a

a court case,” Lehobye said.

they get into that environment they

Lehobye grew up in Bela-Bela in

medium of instruction. “I attended Hoërskool Warmbad

“For instance, the court speaks in English, the witness could be

forget who they are. “They want to speak languages

and the only language that was

Afrikaans speaking, the accused

that they do not understand

spoken there was Afrikaans. The

could be Sepedi speaking, and I

properly because the magistrate

English teacher would sometimes

would have to interpret to the wit-

is a white person. This is dangerous

speak Afrikaans during his period

ness and the accused and also in-

because a person can be impris-

and I would not understand, so I

terpret to the magistrate in all those

oned due to miscommunication

took it upon myself to learn the lan-

languages,” she explained.

and misunderstanding, even if they

guage. I saw it as an opportunity to grow,” she explained.

are not guilty,” she warned.

Interpreting justice

Her job is to put people at ease

Lehobye is aware of the impact she

and make them comfortable

would speak to my dad in Afri-

has on people’s lives. If she does

enough to speak in a language

kaans, and he would buy me Afri-

not interpret accurately, she could

that they understand, to interpret

kaans newspapers and books, and

either help send someone to jail for

for them what is being said and to

I would read them. That enabled

something they did not do, or free

interpret their speech so that the

me to take my knowledge of the

someone who is supposed to be

magistrate can understand what

language to the next level,” Leho-


they are saying.

“Every day when I got home, I

bye added.

She added that having interpreters in courts has brought a lot of

New experiences

kaans during school competitions

change, liberation and freedom

Her days are never predictable

and took part in musicals.

to South Africa’s diverse society,

as she gets to interpret in different

especially black people, because

courts, including the maintenance

Lehobye said it does not take away

in the olden days Afrikaans was the

court, sexual offences court, do-

her roots or her mother tongue,

main language that was spoken in

mestic violence court, harassment

which she loves even more.


court, criminal courts and regional

She also performed poetry in Afri-

Although she loves Afrikaans,

At the Pretoria North Magistrate

Without interpreters, language is a

Court, she interprets not only Afri-

barrier and mistakes can be made

kaans but all the other languages

because of miscommunication.

that she speaks, whenever it is necessary. She believes that once you speak

Even now that there are interpret-

court. “I love my job. Every day comes with a different experience. I could never go to court today and experi-

ers in court, Lehobye acknowl-

ence what I did yesterday,” said

edged that many black people


to people in a language they un-

still suffer because some refuse to

derstand, they are able to open up

make use of interpreters and end

is not all it takes to be a good

and express themselves. This helps

up speaking a language they do

interpreter. Lehobye said she has

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

Knowing different languages



to help her work through the things she sees and hears in court.

Perks of being the youngest Being the youngest among her colleagues comes with a lot of perks. “I get to be treated like a princess most of the time,” she said. “I still remember the day I started working at this office. My colleagues saw this child and they put her under their wing. Since then, it has just been amazing and I have grown so much in this career; I even gained weight.” On the other hand, being the youngest means that some of the to have exceptional listening skills

women telling the court how they

stakeholders that she works with

and to instantly think of words in

were violated, or even a child who

do not take her seriously.

different languages while listening

does not understand what was

to someone else speak.

being done to them.”

“You do not get the time to pause

Lehobye said because South Africa is a diverse country with 11

Lehobye has a five-year-old

official languages, she does not

or read; you always feel like you are

daughter and thus finds child

see why she should limit herself to

in a traffic jam because you have

abuse cases very distressing. She

just her mother tongue and the

to relay messages between differ-

has had to seek counselling in

languages she learned at school.

ent people in different languages.

the past to work through her court

There was a time when we referred


to ourselves as ‘air traffic communi-

She learnt the other languages casually, in different environments

Lehobye said that talking and

and circumstances, but made an

sharing with colleagues helps to

extra effort to speak them properly

release the stress. The court also

by paying attention to detail in

Challenges of the job

has a health and wellness pro-

terms of pronunciation and the

Although she loves her job, she

gramme, which includes counsel-


acknowledged that sometimes she

ling services.

cators’,” she said.

is affected by the stories she hears

Lehobye plans to start practising as a social worker in the near

Lehobye is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Arts in

future and believes that her ability

“The sexual offences court is

Social Work through the University

to speak different languages will

the most traumatising one. As a

of South Africa (Unisa) and some-

enable her to easily connect with

woman it is hard to listen to other

times applies what she has learnt

her clients.

during court cases.


Public Sector Manager • September 2018


Source: Statistics South Africa

Public sector capital expenditure decreases






was the largest contribu-


tor to provincial government capital expenditure.

plants, machin-

ery, new construction works

The department spent

and transport equipment

R3.5 billion on new

saw capital expenditure in

construction, focusing

the public sector fall by 4.3

on upgrading roads in

percent in 2017, according

areas such as Ulundi,

to Statistics South Africa’s

Umzumbe, Maphumulo

latest Capital Expenditure

and AbaQulusi.

by the Public Sector report. Capital expenditure is

billion in 2017. The Department of

for 28 percent of total

Higher education insti-

capital expenditure while

tutions, which comprise

money that an institution

Water and Sanitation and

Transnet was in second

the country’s universities

spends to buy, main-

the Water Trading Entity

spot at nine percent.

and universities of tech-

tain or upgrade fixed

were the second and

Eskom increased its capi-

nology, contributed the

assets, such as build-

third largest contributors

tal expenditure to R75.7

least to total public sec-

ings, vehicles, land and

to the decline in public

billion in 2017 from R73

tor capital expenditure.

equipment. A decline in

sector capital expendi-

billion in 2016, mainly due

New construction works

spending on fixed assets

ture. The department

to its work on the Kusile

represented the biggest

by 360 of the 751 public

scaled back on the main-

Power Station.

portion (69 percent) of

sector institutions saw

tenance of conveyance

South Africa’s 257 mu-

total capital expenditure

systems while the Water

nicipalities were respon-

fall from R283.3 billion in

Trading Entity spent less

sible for 23 percent of

2016 to R271.2 billion in

on the construction of

total public sector capital

equipment represented


dams, sewerage pumps

expenditure, with Johan-

17 percent of the R271.2

and water generators.

nesburg, Cape Town and

billion, followed by land

ates the country’s fuel

Together, both institutions

eThekwini the largest

and existing buildings

pipelines, trains and

reduced capital expendi-

contributors. New con-

(six percent), transport

ports, was a major con-

ture by R4.4 billion.

struction works represent-

equipment (two percent),

Eskom and Transnet

ed the bulk (84 percent)

and leased assets and

decrease. It spent R8.2

were the two biggest

of total municipal capital

investment property (one

billion less on fixed assets,

public sector spend-


percent). ‘Other’ fixed

a decrease from R33.6

ers on fixed assets,

billion in 2016 to R25.4

with Eskom responsible

Transnet, which oper-

tributor to the 4.3 percent


The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport

total public sector capital expenditure in 2017. Plant, machinery and

assets contributed four percent.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018


Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

to network, discuss and share knowledge.

Africa Oil Week 5–9 November 2018

Africa Oil Week will be attended by 150 speakers,

Africa Oil Week celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The event is considered the meeting place for Africa’s upstream oil and gas markets, and is the leading business intelligence and transaction platform for Africa's oil and gas sector. The event brings together governments, national oil companies, investors, corporate players, independents and financiers, giving them a place

12 government ministers and 1 300 delegates. Sessions are headed by top figures in the sector, including ministers, heads, leading scientists and CEOs from major and independent companies. The event takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 5 to 9 November. For more information, go to

Fourth Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum 8–9 November 2018

will feature keynotes, interactive panel sessions,

The annual Africa Women Innovation and Entrepre-

exhibitions, workshops and high-profile and quality

neurship Forum (AWIEF) is a female entrepreneur-


ship conference, exhibition and awards event. It

Under the theme “Unleashing ideas: Innovation, sustainability and enterprise growth”, AWIEF 2018

The AWIEF Awards will honour and celebrate

acts as a comprehensive platform that seeks to en-

women entrepreneurs for their economic achieve-

hance the profile of women-owned and women-led

ments and contributions to sustainable develop-

businesses for Africa’s inclusive economic growth.


In its fourth edition, the event will bring together major and minor players in the African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem to discuss and find solutions to entrepreneurship issues and challenges.

The event takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 8 to 9 November. For more information, go to http://awieforum. com/

13th Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation Conference 13–14 November 2018

power generation and efficiency

see exactly how all the eco-

improvement industries.

nomic and market forces, new

The conference, which is co-

technologies, regulatory develop-

sponsored by the Department

ments and industry trends merge

of Energy, is an important and

to shape the critical decisions

The Southern African Energy Ef-

comprehensive event of national

of an organisation's energy and

ficiency Confederation (SAEEC)

scope for end-users and energy

economic future.

is hosting the industry-leading

professionals in all areas of the

13th Southern African Energy

energy field. The theme for this

perors Palace, Ekurhuleni, from

Efficiency Confederation Confer-

year is “Energy efficiency for sus-

13 to 14 November.

ence (2018SAEEC) which serves

tainable growth and prosperity”.

the energy management, environmental, energy engineering,

The conference will bring together various stakeholders to

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

The event takes place at Em-

For more information, go to aspx



C EO of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA, Felleng Yende.

The Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) Sector

Some of the most recent milestones that the SETA

Education and Training Authority (SETA) was formed in

has achieved in pursuit of its mandate, as well as the

2011 by merging three pre-existing SETAs. Felleng Yende

objectives of the National Development Plan, are:

became CEO of the FP&M SETA in 2013 and has since

• Achieving the production of 99.7 percent of learning

then set the organisation on a path supported by strong values and a vision of a transformed South Africa.

programmes, which were relevant to scarce skills needs of the industry. • Registering 53 511 employed and unemployed learners


on learning programmes. • Achieving 33 222 learner completions in learning

According to Yende, FP&M SETA has two mandates. The

programmes which relate to scarce and critical skills in

first is to provide skills development services to the 13 sub-

the FP&M sector.

sectors, which are the clothing, footwear, forestry, furniture, general goods, leather, packaging, printing, publishing,

To reach these milestones, the organisation has

pulp and paper, textiles and wood products sectors.

adopted a business model that is “sustainable, strategic and innovative”. According to Yende, “the business

The second is to implement the objectives of the National

model places emphasis on cost reduction and a high-

Skills Development Strategy (NSDS III) and to ensure

performance culture through a customer-centric focus

that people obtain the critical or scarce skills that are

enhancing compliance and business reputation. The

needed to build the capacity of the sector to become

key business model drivers are: innovation, low risk and

economically sustainable and globally completive.

high rewards.


Y ende delivering the keynote address at the Gender & Skills Dialogue.

“The core output of the model is long-term business

Another event that prioritises the youth is the Green Youth

sustainability through high-impact initiatives driving

Indaba, an annual conference which the FP&M SETA has

economic growth, service delivery and business

sponsored each year since 2015. This year’s conference was

profitability throughout the African continent.

held in June, during Youth Month, with the theme “Live the

It is with great pleasure that we are able to share our

legacy: Towards a socio-economically empowered youth”.

current business model with our stakeholders, in the spirit of creating an open and transparent business

Speaking about the event, Yende noted that it transcends


its primary purpose of raising awareness and education by


“providing a great platform for South Africa’ s youth to not only influence the national agenda on green skills but to also generate practical ideas on how to benefit from the

Yende is passionate about the potential of South

green economy”. Furthermore, it “provides a supportive

Africa’s youth to drive change. As the CEO explained,

environment for youth to venture into new, innovative and

“With unemployment in the country remaining high, a

environmentally friendly business ventures that grow to be

green economy transformation is particularly important

sources of employment and economic freedom”.

for South Africa – furthering the participation of youth is thus critical.”

The FP&M SETA also supported the South African Book Fair, which took place from 7 to 9 September 2018 in

The SETA will host the annual Skills and Career Summit in

Newtown, Johannesburg. Yende noted the importance

October 2018. The theme of this year’s summit is “Skills for

of reaching the youth, saying, “The main aim is to

the future and emerging and new occupations”. Yende

encourage children to explore the pleasure of books

explained: “There is no better time to dig deeper into the

and reading by providing them with an opportunity to

technological impact on careers than now.” The summit

have a book of their own.”

provides a platform to sensitise learners to the great technological changes that have already taken place,

The book fair also represented an opportunity to

while educating them about technological trends such

promote publishing as a career. “As a sector that serves

as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

the publishing space, we are committed to promoting


Former CEO of the IPM Rre Litheko presents an award to Yende for her platinum sponsorship of the 60th Annual IPM Conference.

the enjoyment of books and reading and promoting the publishing sector as an employer of choice. It is critical that we expose the youth to the very attractive careers and job opportunities in the publishing sector to ensure its sustainability in the long term,” Yende said.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES Yende describes herself as “a leader of an organisation that thrives to transform my fellow South Africans”. Some of the values that Yende draws on to help her lead are

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Anti-corruption hotline yielding results

monitoring of cases of corruption,

At the end of the 2017/18 finan-

while eliminating the duplication

cial year, through the successful

The most common dilemma fac-

of investigation and resources.

investigation of cases reported

ing whistleblowers and members

The Public Service Commission

through the hotline, R420 million

of the public who want to report

(PSC), as the institution tasked

was recovered and put back into

corruption is fear for their safety

with overseeing the performance

the public purse.

and victimisation.

of the public service, is the custo-

During the 2017/18 financial

Some people turn a blind eye to

dian of the hotline. By dialling the

year, the PSC received 882 cases

corruption for fear that acting on

hotline on 0800 701 701, anyone

through the Anti-corruption Hot-

it will jeopardise their career, or

can report acts of corruption.

line. In this period, complaints

even their life. But there are laws

From September 2004 to March

about social grant fraud led the

that protect whistleblowers or

2017, the hotline was given a

pack with 594 cases reported.

people who report corruption in

stamp of approval for its role in

Cases of unethical behaviour

South Africa. The government’s

netting 3 655 people who were

(69), fraud and bribery (34),

Anti-corruption Hotline enables

found guilty of misconduct.

appointment irregularities (26),

people to report corruption anon-

“We are making a dent as shown

procurement irregularities (24),

ymously and this way, the identity

with the numbers: 1 740 officials

abuse of government resources

of people reporting corruption

were dismissed, 450 were fined,

(18), maladministration (15),

remains protected.

140 were demoted, 927 officials

criminal conduct other than fraud

Launched on 1 September 2004,

were given final written warnings

and bribery (17), abuse of power

the aim of the Anti-corruption

and 395 were criminally prosecut-

(14) and identity fraud (13) made

Hotline is to create a central

ed,” says Public Service Commis-

the top-10 cut for complaints

database for the reporting and

sioner Sellinah Nkosi.


Prayer against women abuse

soaring levels of gender-based violence, says Deputy

Faith-based organisations and traditional leaders can

President David Mabuza.

willrolethe neighbours say? playWhat a significant in South Africa’s efforts to curb

Addressing the National Day of Prayer held at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg recently, Deputy President Mabuza said the National Day of Prayer was to remind society how far society has come to build South Africa, and “to recount and recalibrate the distance we have travelled to arrive here”. Violence perpetrated against women, he said, was an offence against the country’s Constitution. “Prejudice and discrimination against women is a violation of the Constitution and all that we seek to build as a nation,” he said. “We have come to the church, faith-based organisa-

There is no excuse for abuse.


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Violence and abuse are poison to society. Let’s make it stop.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

tions, traditional leaders, healers and women's organi-

dressing gender inequality, to bring a sense of security

sations to say we have heard you and to admit that we

for all the vulnerable and address the wealth gap that

are a broken society,” Deputy President Mabuza said.

is racial in character,” he said.

Patriarchy, he said, remains omnipresent in language, idioms, metaphors, stories, myths and performances. He added that government is committed to gender

The Deputy President added that government has a zero-tolerance attitude towards abusers. “Justice must be done and seen to be done. Where

parity and equality as a precondition for economic

there is abuse in the home, rapists in the church


and abusers on university campuses, we will have a

“Our empowerment programmes must at all times seek to build social cohesion. They must move from ad-

zero-tolerance attitude to crimes against women and children,” he said.

Donations bring SAFE schools one step closer

sanitation in schools.

Basic Education Minister Angie Mot-

CEOs of corporate companies as

Africans the indignity, discomfort

shekga says the money raised at

well as prominent individuals.

and danger of using pit latrines

The event was attended by

“The SAFE initiative will spare generations of young South

the launch of the Sanitation Appro-

President Ramaphosa explained

priate for Education (SAFE) initiative

government’s ongoing efforts thus

schools. Schools should be places

will assist government to eradicate

far to provide appropriate sanita-

where children can be safe, sup-

pit latrines in schools.

tion to schools.

ported, nurtured and empowered.

According to the Department of

Currently, there are 3 898 schools

and other unsafe facilities in our

“Given the overwhelming scale

that require appropriate sanitation

Basic Education, over R45 million

of backlogs and the current state

interventions and in many of these,

was raised, while a number of

of the economy, it is also clear

reticulated water is not available.

pledges in the form of professional

that government cannot address

services were made.

this important basic human right

“A portion of these will be dealt with in the current financial year,

Companies such as Avbob,

without assistance from the pri-

through provincial education

Intsika, Anglo American, Lonmin,

vate sector. It is for this reason we

budgets. However, in order to fast

Unilever, Unicef, Sasol, Industrial

are launching the SAFE initiative,”

track the complete eradication

Development Corporation, Indigo

he said.

of pit latrines in schools, [we]

Kulani Group, SA Institute of Archi-

require more than government

tects, Tile Africa and Amalooloo

contributions to the SAFE initia-

coffers can provide,” said Minister

donated and pledged their sup-

tive, companies can support the



construction of models of new

President Ramaphosa implored

The initiative was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Following the deaths of primary

He explained that through direct

technology toilets, as a core

the business community to part-

component of the plan for each

ner with the department through

school. Companies can adopt a group

school pupils Michael Komape

their corporate social investment

and Lumka Mkethwa, the Presi-

initiatives and assist government

of schools as model schools for

dent asked the Minister to fast

in restoring dignity to children by

joint sanitation-water-energy off-

track the roll-out of adequate

eradicating pit latrines in schools.

grid solutions.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018



Writer: Allison Cooper

Ensuring a blue-sky future for Mpumalanga Tourism and economic development go handin-hand. Maximising the synergy between these two sectors is the mandate of MEC Eric Kholwane, who is determined that the citizens of Mpumalanga benefit from the province’s natural beauty.


pumalanga means the

for connectivity; and tourism and

place where the sun

cultural industries.

Mpumalanga MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Eric Kholwane.

rises and the provincial

According to the Mpumalanga

leveraging on the Maputo Develop-

Department of Economic Develop-

MEC of Finance, Economic Devel-

ment Corridor. Another focus of the

ment and Tourism (DEDT) is working

opment and Tourism, Eric Kholwane,

department is infrastructure deliv-

hard to ensure that the province’s

the department achieves its man-

ery to enhance the development

future is as bright as its name.

date by influencing development

of small, medium and micro-sized

growth patterns in the province to

enterprises (SMMEs) create decent

DEDT’s overarching mandate is to drive inclusive and robust econom-

build and accelerate a sustainable,

job opportunities and enable com-

ic growth that is able to create a

equitable and inclusive economic

munity participation through the

significant number of new jobs for

growth path.

promotion of co-operatives.

the people of Mpumalanga. The department is responsible for

“The development of these priority

It also ensures a participatory economy where the youth, women,

sectors will be done through the

supporting five prioritised econom-

workers, rural masses and people

establishment of a Special Eco-

ic sectors, namely agriculture, for

with disabilities benefit from the re-

nomic Zone (SEZ), Mpumalanga

the promotion of agro-processing;

gion’s natural wealth and enhanc-

International Fresh Produce Market

mining, for value addition through

es regional partnerships – including

(MIFPM) and the forestry and

beneficiation and the energy

public-private partnerships – to

agricultural and petro-chemical

industry; manufacturing; informa-

increase trade and investment in

technology parks.

tion communication technology,

the province and sub-region by


“We will also focus on identified

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

priority products and opportunities

public entity – the Mpumalanga

province during Heritage and Tour-

for them to be manufactured in the

Tourism and Parks Agency – rep-

ism Month in September.

province, taking advantage of the

resentative landowners and the

SEZ and technology parks,” said

Barberton Chamber of Business

helps us to refocus our attention on

MEC Kholwane.

to facilitate the development and

the industry and reignite communi-

completion of the nomination dos-

ties’ interest in travelling locally, to


sier on 30 March 2015,” explained

experience the magnificent tourism

The department’s milestones over

MEC Kholwane.

attractions in our area,” noted the

the past financial year include the

Following the appointment of the

“Heritage and Tourism Month


finalisation of the Mpumalanga

Barberton Tourism and Biodiver-

Industrial Development Plan and

sity Corridor as the implementing

activations that seek to deepen the

feasibility studies for the Forestry

agent to facilitate the submission of

understanding of the importance

and Agricultural Technology Park

the nomination dossier to Unesco,

and power of technology and

and the Petro-chemical Technology

the department contributed R4.2

social media when it comes to pro-

Park. It has also completed a study

million towards the success of this

moting our local tourism hotspots,”

on the informal sector and its con-

important conservation project for

he added.

tribution to the provincial economy,

the province and the country.

“This year, we plan to roll out

The department also aims to cre-

finalised the green economy plan

“The province is ready to get the

ate awareness around tourism and

and finalised the re-establishment

ball rolling on this conservation mis-

other areas that can assist in grow-

of the Broad-based Black Econom-

sion. The next step is for the Minister

ing the number of visitors to the

ic Empowerment Advisory Council.

of Environmental Affairs to publish

province. This includes educating

in the Government Gazette her

communities on how to become

the department coordinated the

intention to declare the Barberton-

good tourist hosts.

Government Nutrition Programme,

Makhonjwa Mountains a World Her-

which puts SMMEs and coopera-

itage Site and call for comments.

spend in Mpumalanga for 2017

tives at the centre of state procure-

We will then immediately establish

increased by 10.6 percent to over

ment, and signed a partnership

a management authority and allo-

R5 billion, from just over R4.7 billion

agreement with Standard Bank of

cate budget for administrative and

in 2016 while domestic spend

South Africa, which established the

operational activities.

increased by 57.6 percent to over

According to MEC Kholwane,

Mpumalanga Enterprise Development Fund to support SMMEs. Another significant achievement

“The intention is to officially launch the World Heritage Site in September, during Heritage and

International market tourism

R2.7 billion in 2017, from just over R1.75 billion in 2016. “The province is implementing

was the declaration by the United

Tourism Month,” added MEC Khol-

various initiatives to improve infra-

Nations Educational‚ Scientific and


structure in our reserves, to attract and retain visitors to the province.

Cultural Organisation (Unesco) of tains as South Africa’s 10th World

Heritage and Tourism Month

initiatives that will assist us to grow

Heritage Site and the province’s first.

The province will implement various

the sector and its contribution to

campaigns, in conjunction with

the province’s economy,” said MEC

the tourism industry, throughout the


the Barberton-Makhonjwa Moun-

“The department signed an Implementation Protocol with our

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

“There are also private sector



The department is increasing tourism awareness campaigns to encourage people to travel more. “We are collaborating with stakeholders to provide new growth opportunities, by building new and improving the conditions of existing products. The process of developing the Liberation/Heritage Route is ongoing and we are putting a new focus on townships and rural tour-

contemporary African art gallery,

accounting as evidenced by the

ism that will benefit communities

colourful African fashion clothing

clean audit outcomes received to

directly,” he added.

shop, curio shop and community


Some of the projects that will improve tourists’ experience in the

craft market.

“We have also improved our own

“Tourism contributes to improving

revenue collection every year, since 2015, which has partly assisted to

province include the Skywalk, cable

socio-economic conditions for our

car and the Barberton-Makhonjwa

people and communities benefit

offset the reduction in baseline al-

Mountains World Heritage Site.

directly and indirectly through job

location to the province,” said MEC

The Graskop Gorge Lift Co., a

creation and learnership opportu-


private development with funding from the National Empowerment


He is adamant that corruption

“Everyone is a tourist. Let’s travel

cannot be allowed to deepen the

Fund and built on land leased from

locally and experience the scenic

crisis of scarce state resources,

Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, is

beauty that lies right on our door-

thereby robbing the poor of a bet-

a welcome addition to Mpumalan-

step. Most importantly, let’s give our

ter life.

ga’s tourism offering and a great

visitors the warmest welcome so

add-on for visitors to the Kruger

that they stay longer in our prov-

in fighting corruption as it under-

National Park and surrounds.

ince,” he urged.

mines service delivery and radical

“Provincial Treasury takes the lead

socio-economic transformation.

The centre boasts Africa’s first viewing lift – which travels 51 me-

In good shape

The department works within the

tres down the face of the Graskop

According to the MEC, Mpuma-

established framework to address

Gorge and into the Afromontane

langa continues to manage its

the challenges of crime and cor-

forest below. Tourists can delight in

resources within the confines of the

ruption in the province. Cases that

the beautiful forest environment,


are reported, through the hotline

which is explored via a 600-metre

“The province’s financial posi-

established by the Integrity Office

circular trail consisting of elevated

tion is sound; hence we are able

in the Office of the Premier, are fol-

boardwalks and suspension bridg-

to meet all of our obligations to

lowed up regularly.

es. The centre, which is perched on

suppliers. The department, which is

the top of the cliff edge with spec-

the custodian of the public purse

against corruption to sustain

tacular views of the Motitsi water-

– the Mpumalanga Treasury – has

transformation and growth into the

fall, also has a restaurant and bar,

maintained a sound system of

future,” he said.


“We will and must win the war

Public Sector Manager • September 2018


Writer: Stephen Timm

10th BRICS Summit bolsters interaction and collaboration

BRICS officials during the summit. These include one to set up a second regional office of the New Development Bank (NDB) in São Paulo, Brazil, and an agreement by the respective BRICS banks to conduct research on using blockchain. Accords were also signed on a regional aviation partnership and to cooperate on trade in ecommerce. At the summit, under the theme

Leaders of t he BRICS grouping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazilian President Mic hel Temer.


outh Africa wrapped up the

“BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revo-

in the agricultural sector.

10th Brazil, Russia, India, Chi-

The training centre, the Gandhi-

lution”, President Cyril Ramaphosa

na and South Africa (BRICS)

Mandela Centre of Specialisation

called upon BRICS countries to col-

summit in Johannesburg in July with

for Artisan Skills, will be a joint initia-

laborate with one another to better

pledges to cooperate with its fellow

tive between India and South Africa

prepare for the changes that new

member countries on a range of is-

and will form part of South Africa’s

technologies are expected to bring


technical and vocational educa-


These include establishing a new training centre, vaccines research

tion and training (TVET) system. The agreement signed between

In his opening speech at the Sandton Convention Centre, he

unit and second regional office for

the two countries allows, among

stressed the need for governments

the BRICS Bank.

other things, for the training of

to re-skill a significant portion of the

BRICS accounts for 40 percent of

South African personnel in India


the world’s population and almost

and the training of facilitators by

a fifth of the world’s economy.

Indian experts in South Africa.

ministers of industry agreed to set

At this year’s annual summit –

South Africa also signed an

up an advisory group comprising

which was hosted by South Africa

agreement with Russia on agri-

policy-makers and experts from all

– India and South Africa signed

cultural cooperation and water

of the BRICS countries.

three agreements, namely: to build

resource management.

To tackle this challenge, the BRICS

In addition, officials agreed to es-

an artisan training centre, develop

In addition, a number of other

tablish a BRICS networks of science

space technology and bolster skills

agreements were signed between

parks, technology business incuba-


Public Sector Manager • September 2018

tors, and small and medium-sized

“Since its formation, the bank has

ensure that its own engagements

disbursed loans totalling US$5.1

within BRICS and other multilateral

billion, with approvals amounting

platforms advance the integra-

the summit of a BRICS Tourism Track

to US$1.7 billion this year alone,” he

tion and development of Africa. In

will be key to fostering inclusive and


support of this, a number of African

enterprises. Ramaphosa said the creation at

sustainable development. A PwC report released shortly

Intra-BRICS trade has grown from $567 billion in 2010 to US$744 billion

heads of state participated in the summit. Underlining this, Ramaphosa high-

before the summit revealed that

in 2017. South Africa-BRICS trade

while South Africa experienced a

has grown from US$28 billion to

lighted Africa’s attractiveness to

notable decline in Chinese tourist

US$35 billion over the same period.

investors. He pointed out that in the

arrivals during 2017, the total num-

Despite this, a report by Deloitte

past decade, Africa has outpaced

ber of tourists from BRICS countries

released before the summit re-

the global economy’s growth by

increased by just over six percent,

vealed that South Africa’s raw ma-

two to three percentage points. In

to 275 521 visitors. BRICS visitors

terial exports have increased from

addition to this, Africa’s working

account for about three percent of

about 34 percent to 70 percent of

age population is expected to dou-

South Africa’s international tourist

total exports to the group between

ble to one billion in the next


2001 and 2016.

25 years, he added.

PwC estimates that these visitors

At the same time, manufactured

The agreement to establish the

spent about R3 billion in 2017 in

products as a share of South Af-

African Continental Free Trade Area,

South Africa and that every

rica’s exports dropped from about

which provides access to a market

R1 million spent by tourists creates

41 percent to 24 percent, while the

of over 1 billion people and a

on average of eight jobs.

country continues to import mostly

combined gross domestic product

manufactured products from other

(GDP) of over US$3 trillion, present-

BRICS countries.

ed a further opportunity for BRICS

In addition, a BRICS Gender and Women’s Forum will be created to focus on boosting the socio-economic empowerment of women.

South Africa’s top exports to

businesses. However, Ramaphosa

China include metalliferous ores,

pointed out that the value of this

and iron and steel, accounting for

free trade area will only be fully re-

ness Forum, held at the summit,

close to 60 percent. In 2016, coal

alised through massive investment

that cooperation among BRICS

accounted for more than half of

in infrastructure and skills develop-

members has been gaining mo-

India’s imports from South Africa,


mentum in areas such as finance,

revealed the report.

Ramaphosa told the BRICS Busi-

agriculture, trade, combating

Ramaphosa stressed however

The respective heads of Jamaica (the Caribbean Community chair),

transnational crime, science and

that South Africa wants to shift

Argentina (the current G20 chair)

technology, health, education, se-

towards supplying its fellow BRICS

and Turkey (Organisation of the

curity and academic dialogue.

countries with higher-end finished

Islamic Conference chair) also at-

He highlighted that one of the

goods. South Africa also wants to

tended the summit. Ramaphosa said the engage-

most important achievements of

increase investment between BRICS

the first decade of BRICS was the

countries, particularly in manufac-

ments between BRICS delegations

establishment of the NDB, which fills

turing, he added.

and these leaders aimed to create

a critical gap in project funding.

In addition, South Africa wants to

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

a platform for greater interaction



and partnerships among countries

investment prospects.

Transnet, a multi-currency facility

of the Global South. This would help

Recalling China’s support for

accord signed by Naspers with

create a united front for developing

the liberation movement during

the Bank of China, a US$983 mil-

countries to push for changes in

South Africa’s armed struggle,

lion facility to Standard Bank by

the world economy in areas such

Ramaphosa said the past 20

the Commercial Bank of China,

as trade and the governance of

years, since official relations were

as well as a US$3 billion financ-

global institutions.

established between the two

ing and insurance agreement

countries, has seen a “meeting of

between Standard Bank and the

minds” on numerous issues.

China Export and Credit Guar-

Ramaphosa also told the summit that his government has been steadily improving the ease

antee Insurance Corporation.

He said Xi has indicated that

China’s foreign direct invest-

of doing business in the country,

China is ready to invest and

providing dedicated support to

work with South Africa in vari-

ment, according to a Deloitte

investors through InvestSA and

ous sectors, such as infrastruc-

report released before the sum-

developing an attractive pack-

ture development, the ocean

mit, has been the main driver of

age of incentives.

economy, the green economy,

job creation since South Africa

science and technology, agricul-

joined BRICS in 2011.

He pointed out that a wide range of investment opportunities are available in areas such

ture, environment and finance.

The country’s US$11 billion in

During the visit he and Xi

investments in South Africa from

as renewable energy, tourism,

signed several agreements

2011 (when South Africa joined

mining, fuel cell production and

and memorandums of under-

the bloc) to 2017 created almost

a number of other sectors.

standing, including investment

15 000 jobs in South Africa. This is

commitments to the value of

almost double the nearly 8 000

Makgatho Presidential Guest-

US$14.7 billion. The contribution

jobs from Chinese investment

house in Pretoria on the eve of

will help Ramaphosa’s pledge to

valued at US$1 billion in South

the summit to host China’s Presi-

raise the level of investment by

Africa between 2003 and 2010.

dent Xi Jinping, Ramaphosa said

at least a US$100 billion over five

his government has undertaken


At a banquet at the Sefako

to use whatever opportunities possible to expand trade and


The investment commitments include loans to Eskom and

South Africa will remain chair of BRICS until 31 December. Brazil will then take over. Next year’s BRICS summit will held in Brazil.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018


Writer: Dr Dumisani Magadlela

Attuned to service: Public servants must continuously improve


o all public servants – teach-

ians of our Constitution. If you are

ments, clinics, municipalities and

ers, nurses, municipal workers,

a public servant, you are there

other government premises.

and officials – at all govern-

to serve all citizens without fear

ment departments, l thank you for

or favour. You do this by making

Pragmatic solutions

your service. Happy Public Service

citizens’ rights, privileges and ben-

Sometimes the desired service

Month to all our hard-working pub-

efits accessible as outlined in the

is not achieved to the expected

lic servants.

founding provisions of the Consti-

standards. Sometimes it is achieved,

tution (Act No. 108 of 1996).

but there is little appreciation or

So, what exactly is this public service, public servant or civil servant

acknowledgement of the service

This can only be achieved by

that we speak of? Well, a servant is

working within clear and spe-

rendered. While the public service

hired to help provide a service by

cific guidelines. These guidelines

wage bill has grown over time, the

whoever employs them. Right? In

include the Batho Pele principles,

challenges our government faces

the case of a public servant, the

which are aimed at creating a

remain stubborn and in some cas-

public is the ultimate employer. The

better life for all South African

es continue to grow, especially with

servant serves the public and is

citizens by putting people first. The

growing unemployment and higher

paid to do so.

Batho Pele principles are displayed

costs of living. It is wise for all of us

at hospitals, government depart-

to notice that the challenges we

Public servants are the guard-


Public Sector Manager • September 2018

face require a public service that is able to adjust, adapt and remain

almost like a divine undertaking. One of the best conditions for

the general public. I have experienced this myself with applications

agile in finding pragmatic solutions

an effective and efficient public

for my children’s passports. Swift

to the challenges. Creating a cul-

service is the creation of a culture

and painless.

ture of service in our public service

of service. This is not something you

is vital for an emerging economy

can really impose on any public

like ours.

servant or on anyone for that mat-

Acknowledging achievements

The work of public servants may

ter. A culture of service is intention-

Of course there are massive chal-

look simple in a transactional sense

ally created by role-modelling what

lenges left to be resolved within

of buying a service. But it is not

serving and service looks like.

always that simple. Being a public

The changes we have seen in

servant is not like any other job – or

Home Affairs attest to the results of

at least it should not be. It requires

intentionally changing an organi-

the public servant to be attuned

sation’s culture, and impacting

to serving the public and to be

the way public servants conduct

selfless in providing that service. It is

themselves. It changed the way

close to the well-known belief that

officials relate to each other and

old-school dedicated nurses and

to customers (the public) and has

teachers do not just care for pa-

resulted in quicker turn-around

tients and nurture school children,

times for document applications

they have a calling to do so. lt is

and better contact experiences for

Public Sector Manager • September 2018



tention to what we have achieved

mitment to anything of value is an

and what our civil servants have

inside job; so too is high individual

assisted to deliver. We are too quick

performance. It cannot be im-

to point out the shortcomings. It is

posed on anyone.

the easy route. Anyone can do that.

A developing country like ours

I fully understand the fact that we

requires public servants that are

have massive backlogs from the

inspired to transform the lives of all

past and we have a long way to


go before we can start celebrating.

It is the responsibility of all lead-

Good moral values and Ubuntu

ers in the public sector to model

values demand that we cannot be

the desired public service behav-

celebrating while others are still

iours and practices. And then the

Home Affairs and across different

mired deep in poverty and lack.

next step is to mentor incoming

sections of government. I am not

Try as you may through train-

or younger public servants to

addressing this here. There are

ing and punitive ‘incentives’, no

become tomorrow’s public service

enough commentators, writers,

one can sustainably motivate

stars. With our growing, young

media houses, groups and individu-

another to do what they do not

population, in our rising

als dedicated to highlighting how

have the inner drive to do. They

27 percent unemployment levels,

bad things are. This problem-finding

can respond well for a short

not everyone has the luxury of

approach has its uses, which are

while. Sooner or later, you can rest

pursuing their preferred career.

limited. We do need to highlight

assured that they will fall back

So the myth of joining the public

what is working well without getting

on their tried and well-practiced

service because it is a calling

arrogant or complacent about not-

‘normal’ behaviour and default

makes very little sense to many

ed achievements. It is my personal


unemployed graduates.

when pointing out or celebrating

Raising the bar

facing public servants. Stay focused

some of the significant achieve-

So, no, if there is a public servant

and serve with a smile.

ments that our relatively young

you know who you believe needs

democracy has achieved. We are

to raise their level of service, they

too quick to highlight the glaring

can only raise their own bar from

Dr Dumisani Magadlela is a

challenges and backlogs. We all

deep within themselves. You can

certified international executive

know them. Now let us all be more

only point out the effect or impact

creative and courageous and find

of their sub-par behaviour. If this

leadership development facilita-

creative, workable solutions.

raises their self-awareness, it may

tor. He works as a skills develop-

view that we do not do justice

There is merit in the statement that what you pay attention to becomes bigger and clearer, and

Thank you to all of our customer-

ment and capacity building

eventually lead to improvements

practitioner for the Pan African

in service behaviour change. High performance and commit-

you see more of it wherever you

ment are two beautiful qualities to

turn. We do not pay enough at-

have as a public servant. Com-


coach, coach trainer and

Capacity Building Programme at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He writes in his personal capacity.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018


Writer: Bathandwa Mbola

Stepping up the fight against gender-based violence


he years 2017 and 2018 will

are coming forward to report cases

probably be remembered as

of femicide, says Justice and Cor-

According to Statistics South Af-

the most challenging for gender

rectional Services Minister Michael

rica, the killing of women increased


by 117 percent between 2015 and

relations in South Africa, with several stories of gender-based violence dominating the news during this period.

“We have created more institu-

explained the Minister.

2017. The number of women who

tions that enable us to better

were victims of sexual offences also

respond to this challenge. This has

rose from 31 665 in 2015/16 to 70

intimate partners is not a new phe-

created a conducive environment

813 in 2016/17, an increase of 53

nomenon in South Africa. However,

for more people to come forward


in recent years, it has reached un-

with the hope that something will

precedented levels as more women

be done to address the problem,�

The killing of women by their


Some of the high-profile cases that dominated the news included

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

those of Amanda Tweyi, Thembisile Yende, Zolile Khumalo, Karabo

on the underlying drivers of abuse. The control of drug and alcohol

it has happened rather than on primary prevention measures. However, there have been vari-

Mokoena and Sheila Mosidi Kopa-

use, which affect the sense of judg-

nye, who were all allegedly killed

ment and control of emotions, will

ous approaches that focus on the

by their intimate partners.

be another critical intervention that


These cases sparked a nationwide condemnation and social media backlash with people

the country will have to put on trial, he noted.

For example, the Department of Social Development rolled out

Alcohol abuse is often at the

Gender-Based Violence Command

coming up with hashtags such as

heart of contact crimes, which

Centres from 2014. The internation-


include murder, attempted murder,

al award-winning centres provide telephonic and counselling sup-

This was followed by campaigns such as the #100MenMarch,

port to victims of gender-based

#NotInMyName and #TheTotal-


Shutdown – during which governraised their concerns over the

Focus on rural communities

escalating cases of gender-based

The South African Police Service’s


Family Violence, Child Protection

ment and civil society groups

and Sexual Offences Units also

Minister Masutha noted that there is no single answer to the

focus on victim support, while the

question of why men abuse and

National Prosecuting Authority is

kill women and pointed to some

running the Ndabezitha Project

of the common elements that are

that seeks to train traditional lead-

usually present in abusive relation-

ers, prosecutors and court clerks


on how to deal with cases of

“It usually doesn’t happen as a once-off incident. There is usually

Minister of Justice and Correctional Ser vices Mic hael Masut ha.

domestic violence in rural communities. The Department of Justice has

a build-up that ultimately leads to

special Sexual Offences Courts,

the worst-case scenario, which is usually femicide or rape or a com-

sexual offences, assault resulting

which were reintroduced in 2013

bination of these. This is why we

in grievous bodily harm, common

to provide specialised support ser-

need to change all these gender-

assault and robbery. Around

vices to victims of sexual offences

based relations at a social level,”

70 percent of domestic violence

and reduce turnaround times for

he said.

is estimated to be associated with

the finalisation of sexual offence


cases. The department has plans

Need for research

Minister Masutha acknowledged

to increase the number of courts

The Minister added that the

that, until now, government has

criminal justice cluster has already

placed more emphasis on second-

identified the need to embark on

ary prevention measures which

place Thuthuzela Care Centres.

research that may shed more light

address femicide and abuse after

These 55 “comfort one-stop cen-

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

across the country. The department has also put in



USING ITS GROWTH STRATEGY TO PROMOTE FISHING’S TRANSFORMATION AGENDA Growth, transformation and sustainable jobs – these are key drivers behind the Sea Harvest Group’s investment strategy that has already radically changed the face of the fishing industry in South Africa.

Sea Harvest’s new vessel purchased at the end of 2017: the Harvest Mzansi factory freezer trawler.

A recent take-over deal has placed the previously majority

Viking Staff Share Trust). A portion of the pay-out for their

white-owned Viking Fishing Group and a majority share of

shareholding will be reinvested into a Sea Harvest Group

its aquaculture operation in the hands of a broad-based

shareholding so that they can continue to benefit from

black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) consortium

future wealth creation.

led by the group, which is certified as a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor. The other participants of the deal are the 88%

Sea Harvest Group CEO Felix Ratheb said driving

black-owned Vuna Fishing and two new, 100% black-

transformation is a key consideration in almost every

owned entrants in the industry: Nalitha Investments and

decision-making process. “We deliberately constructed

South African Fishing Empowerment Corporation (SAFEC).

this deal with the aim of promoting black ownership

The assets being acquired as part of the transaction are

within the industry. Vuna Fishing stems from an enterprise

situated across various locations in South Africa, Namibia

development initiative, which Sea Harvest supported from

and Mozambique and comprises fishing rights, vessels,

back in 1996. Nalitha, on the other hand, is owned by a

fish processing facilities, aquaculture farms (including the

seasoned industry managing director, Bonga Mavume,

biological assets) and working capital.

who has extensive experience in the food and fishing industry. He raised the funding to participate in the deal

Both the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

and took a big risk in doing so, but he’s somebody who

(DAFF) and the Competition Tribunal gave the deal a

knows the industry and is clearly confident about getting

thumbs-up in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act

the desired return on his investment. SAFEC, the fourth

No. 18 of 1998 and the Competition Act No. 89 of 1998,

member of the consortium, is led by Cape West Coast

respectively. The approval was largely based on the

community leader, Maxwell Moss, and consists of three

fact that the new ownership structure would consolidate

community-based trusts from the Western Cape, Eastern

Viking’s 34 fishing rights, previously held by 18 smaller

Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal, as well as a charity,” explained

companies within its group, among the four majority


black-owned entities, while also protecting jobs. Aside from retaining jobs, the transaction presents a huge windfall for

The opportunity to be involved in such a transaction will

Viking’s staff who owned 20% of the company (through the

allow for the growth of black entrepreneurs in the fishing


industry and will continue to turn the tide towards a

Sea Harvest, certainly, has not only mapped but is following

more transformed fishing sector. SAFEC was invited to be

a clear course to ensure that the execution of its stated

a part of the deal by the Sea Harvest Group’s majority

investment strategy, which includes organic growth and

shareholder, Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited,

acquisitive growth, is achieved in a way that meets the

which also facilitated its involvement in the consortium.

expectations of government, industry and all South Africans

The group understands that corporate South Africa has

in a meaningful and transformative way.

to support B-BBEE if we are to succeed, as a nation, in realising the change that is needed. Brimstone and Sea Harvest Board Chairman Fred Robertson, who is one of the founding members of Brimstone, is well-known for his commitment to empowering previously disadvantaged communities. “Through our shareholding in Sea Harvest we want to promote small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) and the establishment of new entrants into the fishing sector and will assist them with funding, vessels, skills and access to markets to ensure they are successful. The consortium’s purchase of Viking Fishing and 51% ownership of Viking Aquaculture will not only significantly increase black participation and ownership in the fishing industry, it will very importantly protect jobs and stimulate local area development, particularly in the areas of Saldanha Bay, Mossel Bay, Cape Town and within the rural communities of Representatives of the Sea Harvest-led black consortium and

Kleinzee and Gansbaai.”

Fisheries Fund together with the Director-General, Deputy Minister

Brimstone and Sea Harvest have, meanwhile, also

and Minister of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the launch of the Fund.

partnered with Old Mutual’s Masisizane Fund to accelerate the development of SMMEs within the fishing industry through the establishment of a R100 million SA Fisheries SMME Development Fund. The Masisizane Fund will provide proven entrepreneurship and small-business support and mentoring, while Sea Harvest will contribute industry knowledge, value chain assistance and access to markets as well as operating assets. DAFF has committed to providing regulatory body support and guidance to all intended beneficiaries, including SMMEs, small-scale fishers and their communities in South Africa’s four coastal provinces. The SA Fisheries SMME Development Fund’s priorities will be to develop a programme to achieve efficiency in both wild and captive harvesting practices, as well as programmes that foster poverty reduction in fishing communities; to support alternative livelihoods projects, such as aquaculture and maritime tourism; and to introduce interventions that ensure economic growth

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for small-scale fishers through value chain optimisation

when Sea Harvest-led black consortium purchased 100% of Viking


Fishing at the end of June 2018.


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tres”, situated across the country’s

“From where I am sitting – yes

Offences Courts, the department

public hospitals provide victims

we can do much more to protect

has registered a conviction rate of

with a holistic service that links to

the women of South Africa from

just over 74 percent for the 2016/17

sexual offences courts. The centres

a preventative point of view. For

reporting period.

are staffed by skilled prosecutors,

example, we can do more in the

In the same period, the general

doctors, social workers, magistrates,

regulation of places of entertain-

courts finalised more than 6 600

non-governmental organisations

ment that sell alcohol in terms of

sexual offence cases with 4 780

and police.

their location and operating hours,”


But these facilities are not without

noted the Minister.

During the first quarter of the

challenges and are sometimes

2018/19 financial year, 28 cases

potential. The lack of required

Improved conviction rate

infrastructure and staff shortages

But the good news, he pointed out,

are some of the challenges that

is that the department has seen

these statistics are an indication

have resulted from budget auster-

an improved conviction rate for

that the department is on the right

ity measures introduced across

sexual offences which currently



stands at 72 percent. At Sexual

unable to operate at their full


were finalised with 27 convictions obtained. According to Minister Masutha

“To us, this indicates that there

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

are efficiencies, especially when one considers the nature of these

gender-based violence. Through the review, the de-

Partnerships produce results

crimes and the complexity in

partment intends to abolish the

The ministry has embarked on

achieving a successful prosecu-

prescribed period of 20 years to

an initiative which sees it part-

tion,” he said.

prosecute sexual offence cases,

nering with other government

femicide and all forms of gender-

departments, non-governmental

based violence.

organisations and reformed of-

However, many more cases would succeed if victims did not cancel protection orders and drop cases.

The review also intends to

fenders to forge dialogues with

introduce harsher sentences for

the aim of developing a preven-

are a number of factors that lead

offences relating to domestic

tion strategy.

to the cancellation of protection

violence and femicide – a move

orders. Some of these include

that the Minister hopes will make

communities where such things

economic dependency, where the

the perpetrators think twice before

happen and are prevalent. It is

perpetrator is also the sole bread-

committing these crimes.

therefore important that we are

Minister Masutha explained there

winner. “Often you find perpetrators

But Minister Masutha pointed out that for South Africa to break

“These people come from

able to capture them there,” the Minister said.

abuse this economic power posi-

the vicious cycle of gender-based

tion. In such cases what the court

violence, more needs to be done

ment’s partnerships with civil

can do through a protection order

to change the mindsets of South

society and advocacy groups

is let victims stay in the house and

African men.

need to be improved to reduce

remove the perpetrator from the house. “If the perpetrator has a legal

He identified several areas that can be targeted for behavioural

He maintained that govern-

duplication and gaps. “A more holistic and integrated

change interventions, such as

action plan will also expand the

duty to the victim and the court

the public transport environment,

demographical attention to cov-

can issue a maintenance order –

schools and institutions of higher

er non-urban centres, where the

especially when there are children

learning and training, as well as

plight is usually under-reported.

involved – this will ensure that they


continue to enjoy support without

This is where tendencies develop.

“Government has started this from its side with the ongoing

the perpetrator taking advantage

We need to generally talk and

integrated justice system review

and abusing them in the house.”

have campaigns that will remind

process, which is looking into

everybody that this is a societal

the value chain of the justice

challenge that confronts all of us.

system,” said the Minister.

Review of the Criminal Procedure Act

“We need to remind our men

He added that the review is a

The impending review of the Crimi-

that they have sisters, daughters,

multi-department effort that not

nal Procedure Act which, among

wives, girlfriends, aunts and rela-

only focuses on prevention but

other things, prescribes the period

tives that are women who might

also aims to increase successful

within which the state can pros-

be victims. Once you talk to people

investigations, prosecution, pun-

ecute persons for allegations of

in the manner that is closer to

ishment and ultimately the reha-

particular categories of crime, will

home, something is bound to ring

bilitation of offenders and their

also strengthen the fight against

a bell.”

restoration back into society.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018



Writer: Allison Cooper Images: Derek Fourie and Chris Lipman,

Mpumalanga has its first World Heritage Site


he Barber ton-Makhonjwa

first continents were starting to

Mountains, in Mpumalanga,

form on primitive Earth. It features

Barberton-Makhonjwa Geotrail

were officially declared as

meteor-impact fallback breccias

The Barberton-Makhonjwa Geotrail

South Africa’s 10th World Heritage Site

resulting from the impact of mete-

was developed to preserve Barber-

by the United Nations Educational‚

orites formed just after the Great

ton’s geological heritage, by build-

Scientific and Cultural Organisation

Bombardment, about 4.6 to 3.8

ing awareness and interest among

(Unesco) in July.

billion years ago.

local stakeholders, as well as local

Long recognised by geologists as

and international tourists.

The mountainlands are also

According to information on the

having world heritage potential, the

believed to contain the oldest signs

Barberton-Makhonjwa Mountain-

of life‚ with a microfossil of bacteria

geotrail’s website, Earth in the Ar-

lands was placed on South Africa’s

discovered there that is estimated

chaean − a geologic eon between

World Heritage Tentative List by

to be 3.1 billion years old.

Hadean and Proterozoic − would

Unesco in June 2008.

“As the government of the Repub-

have seemed like an ocean-cov-

lic of South Africa‚ we would like to

ered alien planet, with a dim sun

the Barberton Greenstone Belt, one

make a commitment that we will

hung in the sky and a toxic atmos-

of the world’s oldest geological

do all in our power to protect the

phere almost without oxygen.

structures, and represents the best-

integrity and the authenticity of this

preserved succession of volcanic

natural property‚” said Minister of

eruptions filled the sky with ash

and sedimentary rock dating back

Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa in

and a hail of volcanic debris fell for

3.6 to 3.25 billion years, when the

a media statement.

kilometres around the many volca-

The site comprises 40 percent of


There was no vegetation, volcanic

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

noes. Torrential downpours, lasting

3.2 and 3.57 billion years ago.

millions of years, lashed the surface.

ton and the Swaziland border post at Josefsdal/Bulembu.

night sky. It was closer, tides were

Cataclysmic volcanic activity

geological lay-bys and viewpoints

higher and more frequent and the

The rocks are of three main groups,

have been built, illustrating how the

days were shorter.

namely Onverwacht (some sedi-

Earth evolved from a lifeless, hot,

mentary but mostly volcanic rocks,

steaming planet to an environment

billion years, 2.5 to 3.8 billion years

14km thick), Fig Tree (deep-water

that supports life. The geotrail pro-

ago. At its end, the Earth had been

sedimentary rocks, 7km thick) and

vides visitors of all ages with an en-

transformed from a wholly oceanic

Moodies (shallow-water sedimen-

joyable and educational outdoor

planet to one with plate tectonic

tary rocks, 2.5km thick). They are

experience, guaranteed to provide

activity, ocean basins filled with

a record of cataclysmic volcanic

new and fascinating insights into

sediment, volcanic island arcs and

activity, a boundless ocean, racing

how life on Earth began.

continental collisions and rifts tear-

tides, immense asteroid impacts

ing the newly–formed crust apart.

and the birth of the first continent

magnificent views, winding roads,

Deep oceanic basins − evidenced

– the Kaapvaal Craton (a stable

unique bird species, butterflies and

by today’s banded iron formations,

relatively immobile area of the

plant species such as the endemic

chert beds (hard and compact

Earth's crust that forms the nuclear

Barberton Protea (Protea curvata).

sedimentary rock, consisting

mass of a continent or the central

After the Cape floral kingdom, the

mostly of very small quartz crystals),

basin of an ocean) – and some of,

Barberton-Makhonjwa Mountain-

chemical sediments and pillow la-

or perhaps even the earliest, life on

lands have the next highest biodi-

vas – had been formed by tectonic


versity index.

The moon hung much larger in the

The Archaean spanned some 1.5

activity. Simple life forms such as cyano-

A growing global network of

A dozen attractively landscaped

For the non-geologists, there are

The site also incorporates one of

geologists descend annually on

Mpumalanga’s hidden gems, the

bacteria, some of whose remains

Barberton to search for clues to

Songimvelo Nature Reserve, one

are found in the black cherts, had

the Archaean eon. Over 30 years

of South Africa’s largest provincial

evolved. Some cyanobacteria

of research has helped to define,

reserves situated among magnifi-

formed mats, seen in sandstones

among other things, the evolution

cent rolling hills and steep moun-

along the geotrail; some used light

of Earth’s atmosphere, the origins

tains with the Komati River winding

for energy and others used sulphur

of life, the growth mechanisms of

through it.

escaping from deep vents on

continents and the composition of

the seafloor or the surface of hot

the earliest oceans. Although rocks

Boosting tourism


of similar age and older are known

“World Heritage Sites are recog-

from other parts of the world, none

nised as having global historical or

is the best-preserved example of

combine the outstanding and di-

environmental significance‚ may

a 350 million year sequence of

verse characteristics of the Barber-

signify a phenomenal achieve-

Archaean earth rocks, the Barber-

ton Greenstone Belt.

ment of humanity or reveal ancient

The Barberton Greenstone Belt

ton Supergroup. These staggeringly

The geotrail consists of striking

ancient volcanic and sedimentary

and informative roadside panels

rocks are a unique record of Ar-

that have been installed along the

country must meet stringent criteria

chaean Earth between about

40km tarred road between Barber-

and show how the site will be con-

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

civilisations. “To be accepted onto the list‚ a



served. The recognition allows the

with increased tourist volumes

nid Sites of South Africa (Gauteng‚

country to access funds for con-

and international acclaim.

North West and Limpopo); and

servation from the World Heritage

“Prior to the announcement,

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical

Fund and may increase tourism to

South Africa was tied with Morocco

Landscape and � Khomani Cultural

the area,” said Minister Mthethwa.

and Egypt each of which had nine

Landscape (Northern Cape).

It is hoped that Mpumalanga’s first World Heritage Site will provide a global marketing boost for

World Heritage Sites,” said Minister

Other Barberton treasures

Mthethwa. The inscription inaugurates Mpu-

tourism that can reach beyond its

malanga onto the list of provinces

Planning a trip to Barberton should

established national parks.

that are already home to World

certainly be on your agenda, but

Heritage Sites. These are Robben

not only to visit the World Heritage

region or site that is appointed as

Island (Western Cape); Cape Floral


a World Heritage Site are sub-

Region Protected Areas (Western

stantial, including international

Cape and Eastern Cape); Ma-

after the discovery of gold. Prospec-

recognition and raised marketing

pungubwe Cultural Landscape

tors and fortune seekers flocked to

value which can result in tour-

(Limpopo); Vredefort Dome (Free

the town, but it only flourished for a

ism development opportunities,

State and North West); Maloti

short time because larger quanti-

sustainable employment oppor-

Drakensberg Park (transboundary

ties of gold were soon discovered

tunities; infrastructure, social and

with Lesotho); iSimangaliso Wetland

on the Witwatersrand.

welfare service upgrades to cope

Park (KwaZulu-Natal); Fossil Homi-

The economic benefits for a

The town was established in 1884

In 1898 Otto Elkan donated a collection of quartz and other mineral specimens and natural history curios which were displayed in the Carnegie Library. The museum now consists of the main museum, the Belhaven and Stopforth House museums, Fernlea Museum and Block House. There are also several nature reserves, which have day visitor facilities, such as Songimvelo and Barberton Nature Reserve. For the more adventurous, enjoy gold panning and mine tours, a guided heritage walk, the Queen Rose hiking trails, paragliding, quad-biking and mountain-biking trails and other adventures.


Public Sector Manager • September 2018


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Global South Africans are brand ambassadors


n South Africa, our heritage pro-

a country where creative expres-

date is not only domestic, but also

vides citizens with a connection

sion flourishes, its endless cultural

international. And as a response,

to certain social values, beliefs,

diversity is embodied in the form

we established the Global South

religions and customs. As commu-

of traditional and modern inter-

Africans (GSA) programme, which

nities, we share the responsibility of

pretations of song, dance, theatre,

seeks to enlist the talent, experi-

identifying and respecting what is

design, fashion and food. Subse-

ence and credibility of South

important and passing it on to fu-

quently, the concept of heritage

Africans living abroad, permanently

ture generations, so that they too

conservation can be an effective

or temporarily, to help realise the

will understand what came before

catalyst for stimulating local grass-

promise South Africa demonstrated

root economies.

in the globally recognised, success-

them. The importance we attach to our heritage

forms of economic development,

is growing each

Brand South Africa launched

without sacrificing their distinctive

the GSA programme with the

year, which is why

character, have the advantage

conviction that the hundreds of

events such as

of attracting talented workers

thousands of South Africans living

National Herit-

and invocative businesses that

abroad can be priceless resources

age Day are so

spell success in today’s economy.

for our country as we strive to com-

Understanding our heritage is

pete and win in the global com-

enabling people

therefore critical to creating vibrant

petitive space. By becoming part of

to access their

communities and sustaining local

the GSA network, South Africans are

local, regional


saying they want to act as ‘brand

important in

and national heritage. For South Africa,


ful transition to democracy in 1994.

Communities that integrate new

ambassadors’ and advocates for

Brand ambassadors For Brand South Africa, this man-

the country. South Africans living or travelling

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

abroad will very often be the first

landscapes, people, history and

lies the importance of preserv-

point of contact and reference for

culture that offer an exceptional

ing and conserving the symbols

people overseas whose judge-

and inspiring experience. The

of our heritage.

ments and decisions have a

country is a multi-ethnic society

profound impact on the fortunes

encompassing a wide variety

of our country. Global South

of languages and religions. Its

The South African story

Africans can show the world the

pluralistic makeup is reflected in

This is an exciting time to be a

rich heritage that makes South

its Constitution's recognition of

South African, to be part of the

Africa what it is today, why we are

11 official languages.

South African story, to be a son

It is often said that you must

or daughter of Africa and to be

with, and how we can help find

know where you come from to

connected directly to what we

creative solutions to the gamut of

know where you are going. The

confidently predict will be the

the world’s problems, from climate

National Development Plan of

African century.

change to the peaceful resolution

South Africa’s vision statement

of inter-communal and regional

captures the sentiment of our

you to see our heritage in all its

conflict. All of these are embed-

heritage, stating: “We create

manifestations – culture, tradi-

ded in our diverse cultures and

rather than eliminate; value

tions, buildings, food, fashion – not


arises from improving through

as something old that must be

creativity that which we inher-

changed, but something that can

ited. We are a web of relation-

be used to benefit the wider com-

ships, fashioned in histories, the

munities and society.

worth investing in and partnering

Combinations of diversity South Africa is one of the most

stories of our lives inescapably

diverse and enchanting coun-

shaped by stories of others. We

tries in the world, with striking

are, inevitably and intimately, im-

combinations of diversity in

plicated in one another.” In this

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

This Heritage Month, I invite

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IN PURSUIT OF SERVICE AND HUMILITY effective licensing, regulating and reporting on the activities of the industries,” Dichabe said.

THE INCORPORATION OF AUTHORITIES Dichabe’s career at the Authority began in 2015, when he was appointed General Manager: Operations at the Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority. In 2017, Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority and the Free State Tourism Authority were incorporated to form what is today the Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority. This incorporation has been one of the highlights of Dichabe’s career, as the FSGLTA became “the first entity in the whole country to focus on the three different industries”. The other highlight of Dichabe’s career, thus far, is the implementation of a Database Management System (DBMS). This system is geared towards enhancing the Authority’s functioning and processes including revenue collection, as well as the licensing through an automated system. Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority CEO, Kenny Dichabe.

CHALLENGES FACED BY THE AUTHORITY One of the challenges the FSGLTA currently faces is how

The Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority

to perform its mandate in the context of dual legislation.

(FSGLTA) is the entity tasked with licensing, regulating

At present, the Authority is working on reconciling the

and monitoring these three industries – in the Free State

Free State Liquor Act No. 27 of 1989 with the Free State

Province. The CEO of the Authority is Kenny Dichabe, who

Gambling and Liquor Act No. 6 of 2010. The Tourism and

oversaw the successful incorporation of two Provincial

Liquor Amendment Bill, which will repeal key aspects of

Authorities last year, i.e Free State Tourism Authority (FSTA)

the 2010 Act, is also currently before Provincial Legislature.

and Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority(FSGLA) to form what is today known as FSGLTA.

Another challenge (and one which is not unique to this industry) is illegal gambling and internet gambling.


Dichabe estimated that internet gambling is costing the

As Dichabe so succinctly expressed, the overarching

organisation possible revenue of R160 million per annum.

mandate of the Authority is to “position the Free State Province as a tourist destination of choice”. “As


a patriotic public service citizen of the country, the

One of the ways that the Authority carries out its mandate

Authority’s first responsibility is to hoist the South African

is through collaboration, which is centred around quality

flag high – to promote the scenic beauty of the Province

research. Dichabe explains that the organisation has

and its hospitable people who are always open to

been “able to maintain the sustainability we have

welcome the world.”

achieved through the years based on the principle of ‘together we can do more’.” One such collaboration

In terms of the liquor and gambling industry in the

is with the Central University of Technology (CUT). On

Province, Dichabe emphasised that “the second issue

21 June 2018, the FSGLTA signed a Memorandum of

is differentiating between the revenue and human

Understanding (MOU) with the University.

element. As much as the entity has to generate revenue through gambling and liquor – there is a need to equally

The partnership will assist in finding ways to take tourism on a

promote responsible gambling and responsible liquor

higher economic trajectory, by developing innovative means

consumption.” The Authority achieves its mandate by

that will keep visitors longer in the Province and attract more

promoting “legally compliant, responsible, sustainable

tourists through improved infrastructure and facilities advised

and transformed gambling and liquor industries through

by advanced research based on global trends.


A t the signing the Memorandum of understanding at the Central University of Technology, (l to r): Sharon Mohale, General Manager of Corporate Service; Prof. Henk de Jager, Vice Chancellor and Principal; Kenny Dichabe FSGLTA CEO; and Dr Gary Paul, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Resources and Operations.

Kenny Dichabe at an event.

FSGLTA has also signed another MOU with the Northern


Cape Tourism Authority(NTCA). These two organisations

Some of the values of FSGLTA are accountability,

will work together to improve the experiences of tourists in

transparency, honesty and fairness. To fulfil these values,

both provinces, as well as the country, by participating in

both inside and outside of the organisation, the Authority

events and sharing resources, activities and knowledge.

work in partneship with the three industries to carry out Corporate Social Investment(CSI) programmes.

In response to concerns around underage drinking, the Authority has partnered with to raise awareness

In addition, FSGLTA is committed to the goals set by the

and educate the youth about the consequences of

National Development Plan. Dichabe highlighted the

underage drinking. The first phase of the project targeted

importance of effecting real, measurable change. For

schools in Botshabelo (Hohle Primary, Ntemoseng Senior

instance: “Our role is to ensure that we introduce people

Secondary, Leratong Secondary and Pontsheng Primary).

who were previously disadvantaged to the economic mainstream through opportunities for purposes of them

Another element of this programme is the development

migrating into micro-manufacturers and distributors

and distribution of specially developed educational

instead of just being sellers.”

material aligned to the national curriculum for use in Life Orientation classes, which is aided by workshops and

Out of the Authority’s values, Dichabe highlighted two in

online support for teachers. A zero-rated content portal

particular: service and humility. He went on to describe

( has also been installed at pilot

these values as being “able to give of yourself and

schools, which enables students, teachers and even the

demonstrate commitment that extends beyond one’s

community to browse the internet for academic and

own self-interest”.

entrepreneurship purposes. Dichabe sees these values as critical to the role of public Another key collaboration for the authority is with the

servants: “The responsibility to lead and serve in a senior

various law enforcement agencies. The Authority works

position in the public service is a virtue to behold as a

closely with the National Prosecuting Agency (NPA),

key role player in ensuring that government achieves its

as well as the South African Police Services (SAPS), to

service delivery objectives.”

combat the illegal gambling and liquor trades.

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Working together

for a safer South Africa


he Department of Correction-

bring about measurable change

the Justice, Crime Prevention and

al Services (DCS) is on course

that will see the department col-

Security (JCPS) and Social clusters.

to implement a government-

laborate with other government

wide collaboration that it hopes will

departments responsible for the

standing that a sustainable future

build a society ready to embrace

social wellbeing of the country.

for offenders lies in collective plan-

those who find themselves on the

Discussions led to a shared under-

ning to create greater efficiencies

The long-term vision of the department was in the spotlight

and engaging offenders in mean-

Correctional Services Commis-

during its recent strategic session in

ingful, productive programmes that

sioner Arthur Fraser, who was ap-

Kopanong, which brought together

lead to personal and economic

pointed in April this year, is eager to

officials from departments within

growth for South Africa.

other side of the law.


Public Sector Manager • September 2018

The DCS is currently working on

for offenders beyond incarceration.

“The quality of their craft is here

medium- and long-term plans

Programmes include anger man-

before you. Everything you see here

spanning 10 to 50 years to shape

agement, substance abuse, be-

was made by offender labour,” he

the future of correctional services in

haviour modification and life skills.

said, adding that achievements

South Africa.

A pre-release programme prepares

such as these are not sufficiently

offenders for successful reintegra-

celebrated by the department or

challenges over the years, but it

tion into society to help them cope


has been consistent in its imple-

with challenges once released.

The department has faced many

mentation of DCS mandates, said Fraser.

“We believe that offenders can

Impact of programmes

become part of a productive so-

Fraser said the impact of the reha-

“We have professionals working

ciety while they are offenders, and

bilitation services rendered must be

within Correctional Services who

as ex-offenders. Keeping offenders

vigorously measured by the Social

take great pride in what they do

engaged in productive work will

Cluster to ensure they have an

and embrace the responsibilities

take them away from gang culture

impact on the moral regeneration

of the institution, but not enough

within facilities and provide them

of society. He said that if the pro-

is understood about the role they

with skills that they can use when

grammes are effective, there should

play in dealing with deviancies in

they leave.”

be fewer correctional facilities in the future.

society and assisting in correcting

Through a number of initiatives,

that,” he said, explaining that these

offenders are shown that they can

professionals are enablers who

play a meaningful role in society.

people and tick it off. But what is

ensure that ex-offenders can play a

These include agricultural projects

the impact of their rehabilitation on

meaningful role in society.

that benefit communities and al-

society? That is the measurement.

low the department and offenders

It’s not how many people we have

to become more self-sustainable,

helped, it’s the impact we have

projects involving homes for the el-

had on society.”

Rehabilitating offenders

“We can say we rehabilitated 100

Fraser is keen to bring about aware-

derly and schools, and placements

ness of the work being done in the

in the manufacturing sector that

celebrate the success of inmates

rehabilitation and reintegration of

allow offenders to learn trades such

who have changed their lives

offenders into society.

as woodwork and steelwork.

through the department’s pro-

He said society also needed to

grammes to prevent them from

“Society needs to understand that

“Offenders who join these pro-

Correctional Services is about more

grammes receive qualifications

than incarceration; it is about re-

that don’t reflect that they were

habilitation, and we want to ensure

part of Correctional Services. They

come into our facilities illiterate or

that we destigmatise offenders of

are then able to join the industry

had partial academic qualifica-

their prior behaviour,” he said.

they choose to work in,” said Fraser.

tions, but they have managed to

The department currently runs 13

He pointed out that the furniture

rehabilitation programmes with the

and flooring in the DCS offices were

vision of these being sustainable

all made by offenders.

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

returning to a life of crime. “A number of offenders have

empower themselves up to tertiary level.” He shared the story of a Durban



offender who was illiterate when

facilities or renovate facilities to

to an unprecedented 98 percent

sentenced, but when he was re-

match standard requirements, we

as a result of effective rehabilitation

leased, he was about to graduate

are always going to have a chal-


with a Master's in Law.

lenge. On average, these facilities

Fraser said the department was

are more than 60 years old. We

now working on its technological

a programme of corrections that

have facilities that were once used


helped him change his life. But he

as warehousing, and we have had

never went back to his township

to convert these into rehab centres,

deal with the issue of technology,

because he was scared he would

which is a big challenge.”

and what the implications are for

“He was profiled and placed in

become entrapped in his old

The department hopes to prevent

“We have had to look at how we

the department, especially when

behaviour. If society is not ready to

future breaches through integrated

offenders are digitally savvy. Our fa-

accept and integrate him, he may

security management by the rel-

cilities are operating in a Y2K para-

return to a life of crime for his sur-

evant departments.

digm. We are receiving assistance

vival and we as a society cannot let this happen.”

On the upside, the number of

from the Department of Science

escapes has been reduced. In the

and Technology which has offered

2015/16 financial year, 71 inmates

to prepare the department for the

Security breaches

escaped and 57 were re-arrested.

fourth industrial revolution.”

Fraser said recent security breach-

In the period from April to October

es in correctional facilities across

2016, 35 offenders escaped and all

the country are a serious concern

were all re-arrested.

that government is addressing. “Until we are able to build new


The Nelson Mandela Rules The department recently launched

Compliance with parole and probation conditions has improved

the Nelson Mandela Rules, also

Public Sector Manager • September 2018




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known as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which are universally acknowledged minimum standards to improve the treatment and detention of all offenders. “Our White Paper is progressive and already aligned to the rules,” said Fraser. “As a country we are ahead of the rules. We need more support from other players, but with our progressive Constitution, in which the rights of all South Africans are enshrined, and legislation, there is just no way for us to not comply or not be on par with

Correctional Ser vices Commissioner Ar t hur Fraser.

the Nelson Mandela Rules.” egies for the down-management

been set up to investigate, hold

mentation plan which entails audit-

of remand detainees (people

management accountable and

ing all the rules against the existing

who have been refused or cannot

ensure the department meets its

legislative and policy framework of

afford bail and are awaiting trial),”

legal responsibility to maintain liv-

the department. Policy gaps will be

said Fraser.

ing conditions.

The DCS has developed an imple-

addressed at the branch level and

Fraser emphasised that social ills

The department has a national

training material will be developed

task team and has developed a

needed to be addressed across

for inclusion in the human resource

multi-pronged strategy to manage

South Africa.

development programmes.

overcrowding, and as part of its

“Crime, inequality, unemploy-

medium- to long-term strategy, it

ment and the lack of education


is engaging with the JCPS Cluster

manifest in deviant behaviour in

Correctional centre overcrowding

and other relevant stakeholders,

society, but it is linked to survival. If

is an international phenomenon

including cabinet, to reduce over-

we don’t address these challeng-

that is also being addressed by the

crowding through non-custodial

es, other issues such as overcrowd-


sentences, improving caseflow

ing will remain a challenge for us

management and harmonising

as a country.

“Overcrowding is a reflection of the successes the police have

technology across the criminal

had in catching criminals. This has

justice system.

forced us to send inmates to other

“I think another unintended consequence of not addressing these

He also noted that staffing short-

social challenges is that you may

facilities, which is just a displace-

ages and old infrastructure and

find people want to be in correc-

ment of the problem.

maintenance issues have placed

tional facilities to ensure they have

pressure on the effective running

meals and gain access to skills,”

of facilities, but task teams have

he added.

“However, there is a collective commitment in implementing strat-


Public Sector Manager • September 2018


Writer: Stephen Timm

Seven years on: BRICS delivers concrete benefits to Africa S

even years since joining the

in Durban. It has made three loans

BRICS grouping, South Africa

to South Africa. The bank is capital-

In July, days before the summit,

is benefiting from billions of

ised with US$100 billion and South

the bank’s board approved a third

rands in loans from the New Devel-

Africa has pledged to contribute

project for South Africa – a loan of

opment Bank (NDB), as it works to

US$5 billion of this.

US$300 million to the Development

of its port in Durban.

improve the quality of trade and to

The bank’s first loan to South

boost information–sharing on best

Africa was for US$180 million to

The proceeds of the loan will be

practices with the bloc’s members.

Eskom, to connect independent

on-lent to sustainable development

renewable power-producing plants

projects within the energy sector in

to the national grid.

South Africa that contribute to the

The group was organised in 2006 and held its first summit in Russia in 2009. South Africa – which

Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

In May, Finance Minister Nhlanhla

reduction in carbon dioxide emis-

chairs the bloc this year and which

Nene was elected as chairperson

sions, improvement of the energy

hosted the summit previously in

of the bank’s board of governors.

sector mix and the increase of

Durban in 2013 –was invited to join

Upon his election, the board ap-

energy efficiency of the economy.

the group in late 2010.

proved a US$200 million loan to

The New Development Bank –

The bank’s president KV Kamath

finance the Durban container

told this year’s summit that the

with its headquarters in Shanghai,

terminal reconstruction project.

bank was “now fully operational

China – was set up following a

The project is aimed at helping

and is in a rapid, though prudent,

decision at the 2013 BRICS summit

Transnet to enhance the capacity

growth phase”. It has approved


Public Sector Manager • September 2018

Leaders of t he BRICS grouping, Brazilian President Mic hel Temer, Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

loans for 23 projects for about

However, much of South Africa’s

at this year’s summit noted the

US$5.7 billion to the five member

exports to BRICS countries consist

progress achieved on establishing

countries. The bank plans to up this

of raw materials, rather than fin-

a BRICS local currency bond fund.

to some US$7.8 billion by the end of

ished goods. South Africa is looking

The fund will help BRICS countries

the year.

to change this and a review of the

to raise funds for development pro-

BRICS joint trade study is currently

jects from each other and further

bank’s first regional office in Johan-

under way to promote value-added

develop their local capital markets.

nesburg in August last year, to serve

trade in raw materials between

Africa, a second regional office will

BRICS members.

Following the opening of the

be established for the Americas in São Paulo, Brazil.

In July, following a meeting of

It comes after BRICS leaders agreed in 2015 to set up the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement.

BRICS trade ministers in Magalies-

This will help provide member

burg in Gauteng, the Minister of

countries with protection against

July’s BRICS summit that the estab-

Trade and Industry Rob Davies

global liquidity pressures. South

lishment of the bank is proof that

said member countries agreed to

Africa contributed US$5 billion to

BRICS is “not just a talk-shop”.

update some work to identify areas

the US$100 billion fund.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said at

On the commerce front, things

where the countries are comple-

The BRICS countries are also cur-

are also picking up. Intra-BRICS

mentary in trade. Meanwhile, the

rently cooperating on a number of

trade has grown from US$567 billion

member countries are cooperating

other economic and trade-related

in 2010 to US$744 billion in 2017 –

on technical standards to support

issues. These include harmonis-

while South Africa–BRICS trade has

the exchange of information to

ing customs standards, conduct-

grown from US$28 billion to US$35

facilitate international trade.

ing research into e-commerce,

billion over the same period.

In addition, the BRICS leaders

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

strengthening cooperation on con-



vergence of accounting standards

US$11 billion in foreign investments

Industrial Research and the Animal

and auditing oversight, exchanging

in South Africa. Investments from

Research Centre. The Minister of

information on how to better sup-

South Africa into BRICS countries

International Relations Lindiwe

port small businesses and intellec-

have surged since South Africa

Sisulu said in August that they plan

tual property rules.

became a BRICS member in 2010,

to hold an international workshop

reveals the report.

before October to officially launch

At this year’s summit the BRICS ministers of energy agreed to es-

Deloitte attributed this to, among

the centre.

tablish the BRICS Energy Research

others, “an increased foreign

Cooperation Platform to develop

expansion by South African firms

tive in the health sector. The BRICS

its terms of reference, and to note

and a considerable relaxation of

grouping last year mandated the

the ongoing discussions for that

exchange controls by monetary au-

setting up of a tuberculosis (TB)


thorities in 2011 that allowed South

research network to develop ways

African companies to invest much

to tackle TB.

The BRICS countries at this year’s summit committed to step up

larger sums abroad”.

This is the second major initia-

The BRICS countries have so far

intra-BRICS collaboration including

The BRICS countries are also co-

within the frame of the Agriculture

operating to improve other issues,

of potential indigenous vaccines,

Research Platform and the Basic

such as health and the environ-

drug and diagnostic leads with a

Agriculture Information Exchange


view to progressing further research

System. A report by Deloitte and the

carried out a landscaping analysis

To this end, President Cyril

on these leads. However, no joint

Ramaphosa announced at

projects have yet commenced.

Department of Trade and Industry

July’s BRICS summit that the BRICS

launched at this year’s BRICS sum-

Vaccine Centre would be set up

and seeking the necessary resourc-

mit reveals that between 2003 and

in South Africa to promote the

es may take up to a year to finalise,

2017, BRICS countries invested a to-

research and development of

according to the South African

tal of US$17.8 billion in 189 projects

medicines and diagnostic tools to

Medical Research Council.

in South Africa, creating almost

end epidemics.

37 000 jobs.

Setting up the project protocols

Finally, the BRICS countries are

The centre will be based at the

also making progress in tackling

Biovac Institute in Cape Town and

environmental issues. The respec-

in foreign investments in BRICS in

will fall under the stewardship of

tive BRICS ministers of environment

2016, while BRICS countries held

both the Council for Scientific and

signed an agreement which pro-

South Africa held US$82 billion

motes continued closer collaboration in areas such as air quality, water, biodiversity, climate change, waste management and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The states will also collaborate in conducting joint research and capacity building.


Public Sector Manager • September 2018

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IT boffin’s innovations save money and boost services


Xolani Phakat hiʼs work is helping improve healt hcare in KwaZuluNatal.

ward-winning information

by the Centre for Public Service

earned the praise of KZN Health

technology (IT) specialist

Innovation (CPSI), with the pos-

MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

Xolani Phakathi has been

sibility of being replicated in other

“He is one of our most hardwork-

quietly designing a range of innova-

government departments around

ing and valued employees whose

tive computer programmes that are

the country.

skill and expertise is saving the

helping the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

The CPSI is a government com-

department a lot of money, while

Department of Health save money,

ponent within the Department of

also helping us serve the people

while significantly enhancing its

Public Service and Administration,

of this province better and more

ability to deliver services smoothly

reporting directly to the minister. It

efficiently. His work and the contri-

and efficiently to the people.

coordinates the Public Sector In-

bution that he is making in the field

This includes a revolutionary web-

novation Awards Programme with

of IT becomes even more special

based application that prevents

the aim of entrenching a culture of

when you consider his humble

patients from obtaining multiple

innovation in the public sector, to

beginnings. He is just a young man

devices such as wheelchairs and

contribute to the enhancement of

from Inanda, north of Durban. It

walking and hearing aids.

service delivery.

shows once again that anything

He also developed a computer

is possible if you work hard and

programme that enables the de-

Top achievers

remain focused and dedicated,”

partment to consolidate and moni-

Born in Inanda, Xolani, 34, was

said the MEC.

tor procurement plans for health fa-

recently nominated by the National

cilities – making it unnecessary for

Youth Development Agency among

Humble beginnings

employees to drive to head office

the country’s top young achievers

As a youngster, Phakathi taught

from all over the province to submit

and was recognised by President

Mathematics and isiZulu at Ziphem-

dense documents and data, which

Cyril Ramaphosa during this year’s

beleni College, from where he

are impossible to email.

National Youth Day Commemora-

matriculated. He would go to the

tion event.

Eastern Cape on weekends to sell

These computer programmes are now being showcased nationally


Phakathi’s efforts have also

shoes and curtains, which he had

Public Sector Manager • September 2018

bought from factories in Durban.

Although he has been involved

the condom distribution tracking

However, he realised that his true

in the planning, conceptualisation

system and the Laboratory Order

calling lay elsewhere, away from

and implementation of a number

Entry System, as well as the Staff

the classroom. Fortunately, he had

of IT-related innovative solutions for

Satisfaction Survey.

saved enough money to travel to

the department, he singles out the

England in 2004, to study Informa-

Assistive Devices Electronic Man-

help steer the department towards

tion Technology at the UK College

agement System (ADEMS) as one

an electronic patient record man-

of Business and Computing and

of those that he is proudest of.

agement system.

later at City College Coventry.

“Basically, the system regulates

One of his important goals is to

His advice to young people wish-

the issuing of assistive devices. It

ing to follow in his footsteps is to

Diploma (Systems Support), an Ad-

manages information on who has

never give up.

vanced Diploma for IT Professionals

these devices, when they were

(ICT Systems Support), a BTech de-

issued and who is still waiting to re-

strive for excellence. Always keep

gree (previously known as a Higher

ceive them. Our mandate as a de-

yourself relevant by keeping

National Diploma) in Computer Sci-

partment is to provide accessible

abreast of the latest developments

ence and a Postgraduate Diploma

services to our citizens by bringing

in information technology. Be pas-

in Strategic Business Information

about efficiency and effectiveness. I

sionate about what you do.


believe that this is what the ADEMS

Today, he holds an IT Practitioner

“Pursue your dreams and always

“Stay focused and determined to

system does, as well as the many

succeed. Deliver more than what is

in Pietermaritzburg, you are greeted

others that I have been involved in,”

expected of you. Understand your

by an impressive array of awards,

he said.

industry and keep your vision clear

When you enter Phakathi’s office

at all times,” he said.

trophies and certificates displayed across the wall and on top of

Staying relevant


Phakathi believes that continuous

Among them are two recent

self-improvement is key to staying

ones: a Special Recognition Award

relevant in the ever-changing field

from the KZN Health MEC’s Service

of IT. “You stay relevant by learning

Excellence Awards and another

new and relevant skills. Ongoing

for “Best Public Service Innovation/

engagement with other developers

Creativity of the Year”, which he

in the industry and stakeholders is

bagged at the recent KZN Premier’s

also important. Employers would

Service Excellence Awards.

also be well-advised to encourage innovation and reward excellence,”

Work ethic

he said.

They all bear testimony to

Phakathi is looking forward to

Phakathi’s high work ethic, his

assist with the implementation of

knack for innovation and his hun-

a number of web-based applica-

ger for achievement.

tions in the department, such as

Public Sector Manager • September 2018


WOMEN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION HONOURED “The personal prizes have been increased by R15 000 per award, and Tata Africa has also increased the value of the Tata Scholarships by R15 000 per award (from R60 000 to R75 000),” added the Minister. “In further homage to Mama Sisulu, the DST will establish an Albertina Sisulu SARChI Chair in Nursing Care. It should be remembered that Mama Sisulu trained as a nurse and encouraged graduates to use their learning to improve people’s lives. The chair will deepen research in nursing policy and/or practice and contribute to the Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

advancement of health care and the betterment of

(far left) with award winners and former First Lady, Dr Bongi

society. The research chair will be awarded to a university

Ngema-Zuma (far right).

that is linked to a relevant health facility. In the coming months we will initiate the process of making the chair active and it will be subject to the authoritative peer-

The Department of Science and Technology rolled out the

review process run by the National Research Foundation,”

red carpet for women achievers in science, technology

she said.

and innovation at a gala dinner in Limpopo on 23 August. The South African Women in Science Awards (SAWISA) was held under the theme, “100 years of Mama Albertina Sisulu: Women united in moving South Africa forward”, emphasising Sisulu’s great courage as a unifying leader during the apartheid era. In 1956, Sisulu was instrumental in leading about 20 000 women from across South Africa to march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest the law requiring black women to carry passes. Addressing the event, the Minister of Science and

The Minister urged South Africans to recognise the hard work and dedication of the SAWISA participants, as they were making a great contribution towards knowledge production in the country. Dr Seipati Makunyane, who delivered the keynote address, described the awards as not only prestigious, but inspiring. “This occasion challenges us to reflect on the current situation in the world of science, research and technology in our country, and the strides made in bridging the gaps that exist,” she said.

Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said, “It is fitting

Dr Makunyane also paid tribute to Mama Sisulu, whom she

that this year’s SAWiSA is dedicated to remembering the

described as a hardworking woman who pursued integrity

sacrifices that women such as Mama Albertina Sisulu

and excellence, “the very attributes we are celebrating

made to building a democratic society that respects and

and rewarding tonight”.

celebrates the crucial role that women play in all fields of human endeavour.”

“These attributes are fundamental as we grapple to address the challenge of the critical mass of academics, mostly in

The Minister said, in line with this year’s theme, and with

the lecturer and senior lecturer bands, who are not taking

permission from the Sisulu family, the Department had

up research opportunities. Many of this ‘silent majority’ are

renamed the “DST Fellowship Awards” the “DST-Albertina

black women. We have to identify enablers to increase

Sisulu Awards”.

the number and diversity of researchers at institutional level, including women in science,” said Dr Makunyane.


The 2018 Awards saw the introduction of an astronomy

To celebrate this achievement, a “Commemorative

category for Distinguished Young Women Scientists,

MeerKAT Award” was made to another outstanding

which was won by Prof. Susan Ilani Loubser, an associate

woman astronomer, Prof. Renée Kraan-Korteweg, who

professor at the Centre for Space Research and incumbent

holds the Research Chair of Astronomy at the University

of the Research Chair of Physics at North-West University.

of Cape Town. She also the Chair of the South African Astronomy Advisory Council and Vice-President of the

In July the Department launched the 64-antenna MeerKAT,

International Astronomical Union.

a milestone for science and astronomy in our country.



Natural (Physical and Life) and Engineering Sciences

Research and Innovation


Dr Mathabatha Evodia Setati – Winner


Prof. Keolebogile Shirley Motaung – Winner


Prof. Karen Joan Esler – 1st runner-up


Dr Lucia Steenkamp – Winner


Prof. Soraya Bardien – 2nd runner-up



Humanities and Social Science

Natural (Physical and Life) and Engineering Sciences


Prof. Maureen Nokuthula Sibiya – Winner


Ms Isa Lambrechts


Prof. Hasina Banu Ebrahim – 1st runner-up


Ms Tiisetso Mpai


Prof. Marlize Lombard – 2nd runner-up


Ms Danielle Roodt



Natural (Physical and Life) and Engineering Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences


Prof. Adrienne Edkins – Winner



Dr Irene Barnes – 1st runner-up


Dr Soraya Phumzile Malinga – 2nd runner-up

Ms Zakeera Docrat



Humanities and Social Sciences

Natural (Physical and Life) and Engineering Sciences


Prof. Nicolene Barkhuizen – Winner


Ms Innocensia Mokgohlwe Mangoato


Prof. Pragashnie Govender – 1st runner-up


Ms Kelly Schwarz


Prof. Benita Olivier – 2nd runner-up


Ms Kgothatso Tlhapi





Ms Edith Phalane



Ms Mapula Razwinani


Ms Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana

Prof. Susan Ilani Loubser – Winner





Ms Olayile Ejekwu


Ms Kahiomba Sonia Kiangala


Ms Sikelelwa Ndiweni

Prof. Renée Kraan-Korteweg – Winner


Setati is a member of the South African Society for


Microbiology (SASM) and the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture. She has served as the KwaZuluNatal Chairperson, the Secretary and the Vice-President of SASM. She is currently serving as a commissioner for the International Commission on Yeasts and as a trustee for the Pioneer Foods Education and Community Trust. Setati has successfully supervised four doctoral, nine Master’s and 15 Honours students, and is currently mentoring one postdoctoral fellow and supervising two doctoral and three Master’s students.


WINNER: DR MATHABATHA EVODIA SETATI Mathabatha Evodia Setati is a senior researcher at the Institute for Wine Biotechnology in the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. Setati’s research focuses on the microbial ecology of the vineyard and the wine fermentation ecosystem, exploring how these are influenced by different farming practices. She also investigates microbial diversity and dynamics during fermentation, and how they contribute to the chemical and sensorial properties of wine. Her findings will contribute towards identifying the key parameters that can be manipulated to enhance the


activities of desirable indigenous microbiota and may help winemakers to manage natural/spontaneous

Maureen Nokuthula Sibiya is a professor and Executive

fermentations better.

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). She is the chairperson of the

With an NRF C3 rating, Setati is the author of 24 peer-

Forum of University Nursing Deans of South Africa and in

reviewed articles, including papers in leading international

2015 was inducted as a fellow of the Academy of Nursing

journals such as PLOS One, Frontiers in Microbiology,

of South Africa.

International Journal of Food Microbiology and Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. She is a sub-editor for the

Sibiya’s research focuses on maternal and child health. For

South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture.

her doctoral thesis, she developed a model for integrating


primary health care (PHC) services which contributed

Barkhuizen founded GIFT in 2012 and has grown it into

towards the model adopted by the Department of Health

a fully fledged research entity within the organisational

for PHC re-engineering in South Africa. She was a principal

structure of NWU. The first entity of its kind in Africa,

investigator in a DUT study entitled “A multidisciplinary

GIFT provides innovative talent management solutions

approach to reducing maternal mortality rates in a

and technologies to enhance the competitiveness of

selected district in KwaZulu-Natal”. The study has resulted in

organisations. Its GIFTBACK platform matches resources

two published articles, with a further two manuscripts under

with needs in order to up-skill community talent for inclusion


in the broader economy. This community development programme has already generated more than R7 million

An NRF C3-rated researcher, Sibiya is the author of 40 peer-

worth of services and is currently operating in more than

reviewed publications, two books and 10 book chapters,

144 communities.

and has presented her papers at local and international conferences. She serves on the editorial board of the

Barkhuizen is in the process of applying for a National

Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, and is a prolific

Research Foundation rating. She is the author of 122

reviewer for the International Journal of Africa Nursing

peer-reviewed articles, including papers in leading

Sciences, African Journal of Primary Health Care and

journals such as Stress and Health. A frequent keynote

Family Medicine, African Journal for Physical Activity and

speaker at local and international conferences, she

Health Sciences, Curationis and the Journal of Infection

serves on the editorial board of the South African Journal

and Public Health.

of Human Resource Management.

Sibiya has successfully supervised eight doctoral, 45 Master’s and 22 BTech students, and is currently supervising eight doctoral and five Master’s students.


Barkhuizen has successfully supervised 12 doctoral and 40 Master’s students, and is currently mentoring one postdoctoral fellow and supervising six doctoral and two Master’s students. A registered industrial psychologist and global remuneration practitioner, Barkhuizen is a member of professional associations such as the Academy of Management (USA), the European Academy of Management and the Golden Key International Honour Society.


WINNER: PROF. NICOLENE BARKHUIZEN Nicolene Barkhuizen is a professor in the Faculty of Commerce and Administration at North-West University (NWU), Mafikeng Campus, and the Director of the Global Innovative Forefront Talent (GIFT) research entity.

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

APPOINTMENTS Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

Regulation at the Department of

Mineral Regulation in 2006.

Mineral Resources.

She has performed several duties

Prior to her appointment, Advocate

in these roles, from regulating

Malebe served as the Chief

the industry to achieving

Director for Compliance and

transformation; especially for

Enforcement at the department

women, contributing towards

from April 2017 to July 2018.

sustainable development; and

She graduated from the University

reviewing, developing and

of the North with an LLB degree in

aligning administrative systems,

1995. She began her career at the

structures and processes for good

Department of Mineral Resources


Advocate Mmadikeledi Suzan Malebe Deputy Director-General: Mineral Regulation, Department of Mineral Resources

as a mineral law officer in 1998 and

In her new role, Advocate

has occupied various positions in

Malebe will promote job

the department, gaining extensive

creation and sustainable

experience in the mining industry.

resource management, reduce

She became Assistant Director for

state environmental liability

Mineral Laws Administration in 2002

and financial risks, implement

Advocate Mmadikeledi Suzan

and two years later took on the role

transformation policies and

Malebe has been appointed

of Deputy Director for Mineral Laws.

legislation, and enforce

Deputy Director-General: Mineral

She became Regional Manager for


Thamsanqa Sithole Richards Bay Port Manager, Transnet National Ports Authority

projects to support rail operations.

Sithole holds an MBA from the

Sithole worked as Programme Man-

Midrand Graduate Institute, a

ager in the Infrastructure and Engi-

PostGraduate Diploma in Business

neering Department at the Port of

Management from Thames Valley

Thamsanqa Sithole has been ap-

Durban from 2007 to 2011, where

University in London, and a Diplo-

pointed as the new Port Manager

he was involved with the delivery

ma in Monitoring and Evaluation

for Richards Bay.

of multi-disciplinary infrastructure

of Health Programmes from the

Sithole joins Transnet National Ports

projects. These included the infra-

University of Pretoria. He recently

Authority (TNPA) from the Passen-

structure planning and develop-

completed a Project Management

ger Rail Agency of South Africa

ment strategy for the Island View

Professional Diploma.

(PRASA), where he was Senior

Precinct, as well as representing

Manager Enterprise Project Man-

TNPA on national strategic projects

agement Office – Financial Analyst,

such as the New Multi Product

Monitoring and Reporting (Capex)

Pipeline Project.

for the past seven years. Among

Prior to joining Transnet he was

his responsibilities were manag-

Programme Manager for the Zulu-

ing the Capex budget, prioritising

land District in the Department of

Capex projects and engaging with


regional operations managers on

A BSc graduate from Medunsa,


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Writer: Nicholas Francis



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Public Sector Manager • September 2018



Writer: Nicholas Francis

Pasta three ways E

veryone enjoys a

1 onion (1 half quartered,

the pasta. Also preheat

sauce and let simmer.

good pasta. It’s the

1 half chopped)

the stove for the pot for

In a separate pot add

perfect feel good

50g tomato paste

the pasta and another

boiled water and oil, sea-

food for any occasion.

100g coriander

for the bolognese.

son with salt and add

Whether it’s a side addi-

100g fresh basil

Season the mince with

spaghetti. Stir and let it

tion, the main meal or

100ml tomato sauce

salt and pepper. Place

boil. When cooked, strain

a salad, it’s a favourite

100ml Mrs Ball's Chutney

the quartered onion,

and set aside.

at any dinner table. We

500g mushrooms

green pepper, coriander,

Add mince into the sim-

have selected three pasta


tomato sauce, tomato

mering sauce, season

dishes that are good for

½ green pepper

paste, basil, Mrs Ball's

with salt and pepper

a braai, a quick mid-week

1 tablespoon butter

Chutney and garlic in a

and let it cook for

meal and a definite Sun-

1 tablespoon oil

blender. Season with salt

20 minutes. Once

day lunch winner.

1 packet spaghetti

and pepper and blend

cooked, set aside and

Salt and pepper for

until a nice sauce is

plate as desired.


formed. Add butter to the

Spaghetti bolognese Ingredients

sauce pot. Throw in the

Pasta salad

4 tomatoes (chopped)


onions and mushrooms


500g beef mince

Before you start cooking,

and sauté for a few min-

500g broccoli

1 garlic clove

boil a kettle of water for

utes. Add in the blended

Feta cheese


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500g mushrooms (rough-

and add the pasta. When

ly chopped)

cooked, strain and set

1 tablespoon oil

aside on paper towels.

1 tablespoon chicken

Season your chicken with

Mixed lettuce

Place the broccoli in a


chicken spice, salt and

Black olives

pot, add water, season

12 lasagna sheets

pepper. In the other pre-

Cherry tomatoes

with salt and pepper

500ml fresh cream

heated pot, add oil and

500g pasta screws

and boil for five minutes

500ml milk

fry the on-ions until soft.

Salt and pepper for sea-

over medium heat. Once

1 tablespoon flour

Add garlic, mushrooms


cooked, strain and set

1 garlic clove (finely

and chicken and fry for



a further three minutes.


Chop the feta, tomatoes

100g cheddar cheese

Mix the milk and flour

Before you start cooking,

and lettuce. In a salad


together until dissolved.

boil a kettle of water for

bowl, add the pasta,

Salt and pepper for sea-

Pour fresh cream into the

your pasta and broccoli.

broccoli, chopped feta,


pot and let simmer. Stir in

Preheat the stove for the

tomatoes and lettuce.

pot for the pasta and

Throw in some black


and cook on medium

olives and mix.

Before you start cooking,

heat until the sauce

boil a kettle of water for


the lasagne sheets and

Layer the baking dish

preheat the stove for the

alternatively with lasa-

another for the broccoli. Add boiled water to

the milk and flour mixture

tablespoon of oil. Season

Creamy chicken lasagne

with salt and add pasta.


pot for the pasta and the

gna sheets and chicken

Stir and let boil. When

3 chicken breasts

chicken filling. Add boiled

sauce. Top it with cheese

cooked, strain the pasta


water to one of the pots,

and bake at 180 degrees

and set aside.

1 onion (chopped)

add oil, season with salt

celsius for 30 minutes.

one of the pots and a

Public Sector Manager • September 2018



How to beat ‘black tax’


any South Africans find

this is often called the sandwich

themselves stretching

generation. The sandwich gen-

your means:

their salaries in different

eration supports the generation

■ You save less than five percent

directions thanks to ‘black tax’. ‘Black tax’ is a colloquial term

Signs that you are living beyond

of your net salary.

above them, as well as the generation below. This makes it difficult

used to describe black people who

for the sandwich generation to

share their salary with immediate

save which will in turn pass this tax

and extended family while trying to

down to future generations,” said

manage their own expenses.


Chief Financial Officer of the Sav-

■ You spend more on your car than your rent. ■ You spend more than 30 percent of your salary on a home loan. ■ You need an overdraft or credit

He added that as a conse-

card to survive. ■ You have unmanageable debt.

ings Institute Gerald Mwandimbira

quence of living beyond one’s

explained that often a family may

means and supporting extended

have one person who has gradu-

family, the sandwich generation

above your means, you need to

ated from university in a well-paying

has little or no savings.

adjust your lifestyle with a budget

job. This individual must compete

“Once you know you are living

“This means that the sandwich

plan that makes you financially

with colleagues who have gen-

generation has no safety net in

secure. You may need help from a

erational wealth passed on and

the event of unemployment or


are not subjected to student loans,

emergencies. This group literally

debt or black tax.

lives three to six months away from

their means might also need to

poverty if income is lost. I often

manage their family’s expectations

“Black tax sees the per-

He said people who live beyond

recommend that one measure

by allocating what they can spare

to support older par-

their wealth in the length of time

and also learning to say no.

ents or an extended

it would take to deplete savings,

family, while trying to

living the same current lifestyle.

you repair your finances. You will

raise a young family.

Many people are horrified to find

also need to start saving first, for a

that they are very poor. In fact,

safety net, and then invest and cre-

using this method, a domestic

ate wealth for future generations,”

worker diligently saving is wealth-

added Mwandimbira.

son’s salary portioned off

“This puts one’s responsibilities in a 'sandwich' and hence

“You may need to be selfish while

ier than her boss who lives in

“You will also need to start shop-


ping smarter for the best deal

There are ways in which one can start beating

and using financial products and services that offer the best deals.

black tax. The most impor-

With these first steps, one can start

tant of these is to live within

to create wealth which will mean

your means, said Mwandimbira.

that your next generation will not be trapped in a sandwich.”


Public Sector Manager • September 2018


Writer: Ashref Ismail

Isuzu mu-X joins the SUV fray T he sport utility vehicle (SUV)

to manoeuvre, heavier on fuel

not novel. Having sold the Trooper,

category has become such

consumption and definitely more

Frontier and very popular KB

a lucrative one the world over

expensive to purchase. Despite

range in both leisure and work-

and every manufacturer Rolls Royce,

this, people seem to have fallen in

horse configurations, they have

Bentley and Lamborghini included

love with their sporty and practi-

built a bullet-proof reputation for

have at least one in their stable,

cal personalities.

reliability and longevity.

leaving just Ferrari out without an SUV model.

If the mu-X looks familiar it is

South Africa has followed the global trend, with the Toyota

because it is very much based

Fortuner and Ford Everest among

on the outgoing Chevrolet Trail-

become that some manufactur-

the top sellers, followed by a raft

blazer which failed to set the sales

ers are spending more on SUV

of smaller sport activity vehicles,

charts alight locally. Although the

research and development and

also known as crossover vehicles.

trendy mu-X is new to South Africa,

So profitable has this segment

less on sedans and the almost extinct station wagon/estate/ tourer segments.

it is already a well-established

Reliability and longevity

contender in several international markets, having been launched

Isuzu Motors South Africa's (IMSA)

in Thailand in 2013. It is also cur-

vehicles go almost anywhere,

foray into the SUV category with

rently sold in Australia as well as

they are sometimes cumbersome

the new, strangely named mu-X is

the Philippines, where it is the

While these high clearance

market leader. The mu-X is powered by Isuzu’s proven 3.0-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel diesel engine that produces 130kW of power and 380Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which has a sequential sport mode. An impressive three-tonne towing capacity makes it a great choice for towing trailers or caravans. Two models are available with the choice of 4x2 or 4x4 derivatives. The four-wheel drive version


Public Sector Manager • September 2018

relies on Isuzu’s easy to use Terrain

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

rear-facing camera aids reversing

Command 4x4 system, with elec-

functionality. Front and rear USB

and parking via the nine-inch full

tronically selected two and four-

slots are provided, in conjunction

colour display, while a factory-fitted

wheel drive high-range modes, or

with an auxiliary iPod input and

immobiliser and alarm system is

4x4 low-range for more challenging

HDMI port.


Safety features

leads to a comparison with its

The Isuzu mu-X is packed with an

natural rivals, the Fortuner, Everest

The mu-X is equipped with a fully

extensive range of active and pas-

and the recently launched Mit-

independent suspension all round,

sive safety features. Passive safety

subishi Pajero Sport. In many little

encompassing a five-link set-up at

equipment includes dual front, side

ways, it doesn’t seem as polished,

the rear that delivers the best bal-

and full-length curtain airbags,

but there is something to be said

ance of ride comfort, handling and

linked to front seat pre-tensioner

about its old–school technology

off-road capability.

seatbelts, plus a high-tensile steel

that gives a sense of comfort and

passenger safety cell that offers

security, which made the Isuzu

outstanding strength and rigidity. A

brand so popular in the country.

off-road driving.

Best balance

The interior of Isuzu’s new SUV offering matches practicality with

Driving the mu-X immediately

comfort and luxury. The seven-seat configuration will appeal to both

Model range and pricing

families and adventure-oriented



buyers alike, thanks to the flexibility

Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4X2 AT6

R 568 000

of the folding centre and rear rows

Isuzu mu-X 3.0 4x4 AT6

R 629 100

of seats.


3.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel


Six-speed auto




Five-year/120 000km

Roadside assistance


Service plan

Five-year/90 000km

Service intervals

15 000km/12 months

A multi-function infotainment unit is a stand-out feature of the mu-X, boasting a nine-inch colour touchscreen display that provides access to the imbedded satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, as well as

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Technical information supplied by Isuzu Motors SA.



Writer: Ilse van den Berg Photographer: Ilse van den Berg


the Arniston Hotel and Kassiesbaai – the fisherman’s village. Dotted with whitewashed, thatched-roofed cottages, 200-year-old Kassiesbaai has been declared a national

hunting in Arniston


monument in its entirety. Arniston was originally named after the cave (Waenhuiskrantz in

ars packed to the rafters,

experience is not one crammed

Dutch spelling) and only after the

we were off to Waenhuisk-

with crowds on the beach or wind-

sinking of a British East Indiaman in

rans – also known as Arn-

ing queues to get a peep into the

1815, did it gain its second name

iston – for the weekend. Leaving a

famous Waenhuiskrans cave. That

in memory of those who tragically

bit earlier meant we’d miss Cape

just wouldn’t be authentic, would

lost their lives.

Town’s Friday traffic frenzy. An easy

it? The cave was actually number

three-hour drive on the N2 (depend-

one on our agenda as there wasn’t

ing. We hopped into the car. Shoes,

ing on traffic and toilet breaks), Arn-

promising surf on the cards. We

hats, sunscreen – check. With the

iston is an ideal local getaway spot.

decided to stop at Cape Agulhas

wind-disturbed Indian ocean on

For the surfer it offers unbeatable

(45km from Arniston), the southern-

our left and soft-curved golden

barrels, for the fisherman a place

most tip of Africa and the begin-

sand dunes on our right, we fol-

to ponder life while reeling in some

ning of the dividing line between

lowed the sign posts. An easy walk

big fish, and for others it’s a place

the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on

from the parking area led to a

to appreciate nature’s beauty while

our way back on Sunday.

steep set of stairs down to a rocky

Low tide was quickly approach-

unwinding and recharging the batteries. But what a pity if you only have a weekend. A classic Arniston


A lazy start Since the cave is only accessible

The pebbled cave

at low tide, we carefully planned

We followed the rugged limestone

our weekend around it. We didn’t

wall over rocks and ridges, through

want to leave anything to chance

some salty puddles and under-

since there were toddlers involved.

neath jagged arches. Passing a

If we promised a cave, a cave we

pebbled cave on the right without

would see, otherwise there would

giving it much attention, we hurried

be tears. Saturday morning was a

along as the sea startled us with

lazy one as we explored the town

crashing waves on the rocks. This

on foot before our afternoon cave-

seemed quite extreme with little

hunting excursion. Low-tide was

ones by our side. Around the next corner, we

only in the afternoon, so we had

stumbled into a large fishermen’s

some time to kill.


We had rented a rustic, self-cater-

party. Half of them were sorting out

ing (and kid-friendly) house within

rods and hooks; the other half were

walking distance from the beach,

donning their raincoats on a rocky

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through the small opening. “Wow!” you could hear each one exclaim as they arrived one-by-one on the other side. It was a colossal cave. The sound of the ocean was deafening and we marvelled at the spiral rock formation on the roof. A brave young fisherman could be seen from where we stood, patiently waiting for a bite while enduring the splashes of the ledge, trying to stand their ground as waves came crashing over. A red-faced, rugged-looking man stopped us and told us that it’s really

Indian Ocean. Why the name “Waenhuiskrans”?

dangerous out here – especially with kids. His tone was gentle, yet serious.

Well, that’s how people described

Clearly we had missed the low tide, because from this angle there was

the size of the cave. It was appar-

no way we’d be able to enter the cave.

ently large enough for a wagon with a full span of oxen to turn

Searching for low tide

around inside. We heard through

The waves around this corner looked ruthless as they wish-washed into

the grapevine that there are more

the front of the cave. Hearts sunken, we turned around. We stopped to

caves to explore in Arniston. And

ask our previous acquaintance when the next low tide would be.

that means one thing – we’ll defi-

“It’s low tide right now, my girl,” he said. His eyes were bloodshot and a

nitely be back soon.

bit confused. “Are you looking for the cave?” he asked. We nodded, not really wanting to inhale his alcohol breath but also not wanting to seem unfriendly. He pointed towards the unimpressive pebbled cave we passed by just moments ago. “There’s a small opening in the wall. Crawl through and you’ll see it,” he said. Relieved, we thanked him and headed off. We crawled

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Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

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