Question NW526 to the Minister of Public Service and Administration

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25 March 2024 - NW526

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(a) What forms of support are offered to departments on the National Framework towards the Professionalisation of the Public Sector, (b) is that support making an impact in the implementation of the specified framework and (c) were all heads of department and senior management services across the Public Service trained and/or workshopped on the framework before implementation?


The Directive on Human Resources Management and Development for Public Service Professionalisation, Volume 1, ratified by the Minister for Public Service and Administration on 16 February 2024, specifies various support mechanisms to aid departments in implementing the National Framework for Public Sector Professionalisation. These mechanisms encompass, among numerous others, the following:

(a) Forms of Support Offered to Departments

In the context of forms of support offered to departments, the Directive specifies support in recruitment and selection, detailing requirements for the Senior Management Service (SMS), including the Nyukela Certificate, experience waiver for entry-level roles, and graduate recruitment programs. It obligates departments to train individuals appointed without experience, incorporating training, coaching, and mentorship for employee development. The Directive mandates that new employees undergo induction within six months of joining while existing staff must participate in re-orientation programs every five years. The Directive merges performance management with professional development, advocating for reporting tools to enhance impactful performance outcomes and link them to organisational goals. Furthermore, the Directive prescribes the maintenance of a qualifications database to align skills development with Human Resources plans and address the sector's skill shortages.

(b) Impact of Support on the Implementation of the Framework

Under the "impact of support on the implementation of the framework," it is imperative to note the Directive emphasises strict compliance and outlines legal consequences for non-compliance, aiming to enhance public sector proficiency and ethics through rigorous recruitment, comprehensive training, and ongoing professional development. This strategic approach is expected to have a positive ripple effect on the successful enactment of the Framework. With the official full-scale implementation date slated for 1 April 2024, and despite being nascent, proactive measures and preliminary applications of the Directive have already been set in motion. The implementation phase is reinforced by a meticulously designed monitoring framework, which employs systematic observation, in-depth analytical review, and the strategic leveraging of insights to strengthen accountability and transparency across the board. This methodology is finely tuned to align with the Directive's overarching goals, aiming to catalyse a transformative journey towards heightened excellence and professionalism within public service entities.

(c) Training and Workshopping of Heads of Department and Senior Management

Within the context of training and workshopping for heads of department and senior management, the Directive was extensively discussed at forums such as FOSAD, GSCID, and various inter-government committees, ensuring its comprehensive circulation for broad-based consultation and understanding. It was thoroughly workshopped with corporate leaders, encompassing senior managers and relevant officials, during the department’s routine monthly meetings with Heads of Corporate Services across the public service. Despite the Directive's formal effectuation date being 1 April 2024, proactive steps have been undertaken by the MPSA to roll out outreach and educational initiatives aimed at the actual implementers within the public service, as evidenced by the programmes already undertaken in the Mpumalanga province. These outreach and educational sessions to all provinces have been planned for the first quarter of the 2024/2025 reporting period, signifying ongoing efforts in this crucial implementation area.


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