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Striking Efficiently

Only two weeks before the kick-off of the world soccer spectacular, a deal was struck that ended almost four weeks of national disruption, untold economic damage and widespread anger attributable to strikes in the transport sector. Since then the nation has seen nothing but a show of national spirit, unity and support for Bafana Bafana […]

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Jimmy Manyi: An Intractable Conflict Of Interest

The Director General of Labour, Jimmy Manyi is an ebullient, energetic and assertive senior public servant whose urbane skills would be an asset to any government department anywhere in the world. His Minister is satisfied that he was the best candidate available for the post and he has applied himself vigorously to his responsibilities in […]

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The Future Of The National Prosecuting Authority

Two conflicting takes on the future of the National Prosecuting Authority have been placed before the Justice select committee of Parliament in recent weeks. The one envisages business as usual, the other some radical departures from the status quo. This ought to be perplexing to members who attended the presentations made first by Menzi Simelane, […]

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Let’s Tackle The Scourge Of Crime Properly

It is time for the nation to roll up its sleeves and act pro-actively to deal with crime. It is after all everyone’s problem that crimes, especially violent types of crime and corruption, have reached the unacceptable levels which the, admittedly dysfunctional, statistics gathered reveal. It is quite conceivable and indeed probable that the problems […]

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Municipal Parallel Universes

At a media briefing in Cape Town on 3 March 2010 the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Shiceka complained about ratepayers’ associations, over 280 of them, which have created what he called “a parallel government” in municipalities around the country. It is beyond dispute that the dysfunction in the municipal sphere of […]

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The “Three Cs” Impeding Service Delivery

The work of the National Assembly Committee investigating progress with service delivery has commenced. Various governmental departments and a few fortunate NGOs made representations concerning the topic in the Old Assembly Chamber last week. Most members attended, some only stayed to hear selected representations relevant to their portfolio committees or personal specialities. The mandate of […]

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Speeding Up Effective Service Delivery

The theme chosen by the ANC for the year 2010 is an extension of its tried and trusted “better life for all” formula. This theme concentrates on speeding up effective service delivery as the means by which that elusive better life can be found. The words “a better life” appear in the section of the […]

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Civil Service Accountability

The Cape Times must be applauded for opening the debate on ‘uncivil servants’, and the ANC congratulated for suggesting that its practice of deployment in the public service needs to change. When public servants are employed the motivation ought to be to appoint individuals who are capable of delivering in accordance with the constitutional requirements […]

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