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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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Truly Professional Teachers are Needed Now

Basic education, the process of learning and teaching the applicable curricula in our public schools up to matric level, inescapably occurs in the classroom, not in the 27,000 principals’ offices, not in the management offices of departments of education and not in our legislatures, be they national or provincial. This self-evident fact is not accorded […]

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The Difference Between Party And State

Gwede Mantashe’s concerns about our “governance model” in which directors general serve “at the mercy of ministers” are timely and open a necessary debate. As Chair of the SACP and Secretary General of the ANC, he is well placed to ensure that the “recipe for disaster” he correctly perceives is averted. In South Africa’s post […]

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Submission to the Ad Hoc Committee Of The National Assembly Enquiring Into Progress With Service Delivery

1.INTRODUCTION 1.1 The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa (Ifaisa) welcomes the opportunity advertised by the Ad Hoc Committee (AHC) on 15 January 2009 to participate in its enquiry into service delivery. It is suggested that this submission be made available to those government departments which will be addressing the AHC between 2 and 4 […]

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The Management of Professionally Qualified Persons in the Public Service An Overview:

An Overview: Table of Contents Section 1. Introduction 2. Understanding Organisation 3. The DPSA and Organisation 4. Types of Organisation 5. Cost and Pay : An organisational distraction 6. Organisation and Service Delivery 7. Organisation : The framework of governance and individual accountability 8. The Role of the Independent Professional Standards Authority in Managing Professional […]

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Cosatu Versus Manuel: The Rules Of Engagement

Cosatu concedes that it is involved in what it describes as “an argument” with Trevor Manuel, the Minister of Planning in the Presidency. Some commentators have used the appellation “fight” and others “something of a panic attack in Cosatu” to characterize what is unfolding in the tri-partite alliance which has governed since 1994. The cause […]

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Doctors, Hippocrates And Hypocrisy (Cont.)

The cacophony surrounding the wage negotiations in the public health sector has generated more heat than light. The sight of highly qualified professionals engaged in picket line protests complete with toyi toying is novel. Their placards prescribing a “cash injection” for the sector are plaintive, pointed and unlikely to be heeded. Some of the criticism […]

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The Constitution And Quotas (Cont.)

The sparks that have been flying as a result of the decision of the new Western Cape Premier to appoint an all male mainly “white” cabinet to help her run her province reasonably and accountably, need to be placed in their constitutional context. The provisions of section 132 (2) of the Constitution make it clear […]

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