It was a night of fulfilment and recognition for those who use innovation as a means to enhance public service delivery ery, as the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) once again hosted its awards ceremony last Friday night.
At a glittering ceremony attended by a host of public sector innovations experts at the Birchwood Hotel’s OR Tambo mbo Hall in Ekurhuleni, Minister for Public Service and Administration, Mr Richard Baloyi conferred the CPSI Awards on a total 16 winners and runners-up in five categories from various departments and organizations countrywide.
The coveted Public Sector Innovator of the Year was scooped by Mpumalanga province’s Department of Economicmoconomic Development and Tourism for a pre-school water project they invented in the province. This
The first runner-up award went to the Department of Public Works in the Eastern Cape for a Road Rangerst, Project
while the North West Department of Health and Social Development took the second runner-up prize for the Mogopa
The same water project saw the Mpumalanga winners also taking the Innovative Partnership in Service
Delivery category award, while Eastern Cape Department of Public Works and North West Department of Health and Social Development took the first and second runner-up prizes respectively.
The Innovative Use of Information Communication Technology award was won by the Independent Electoral
Commission for its Results Slip Scanning Project, followed by Mpumalanga Education Department and the
Pietermaritzburg Road Traffic Inspectorate of KwaZulu-Natal.
The University of Free State was awarded the first prize under the Innovative Service Delivery Institutions, with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture receiving the first runner-up award, followed by the same Pietermaritzburg Traffic Inspectorate.
Gauteng province dominated the Innovative Enhancements of Internal System of Government category, with
its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development scooping both top accolade and the second runner-up award, while North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development took the first runner-up reward.
Minister Baloyi conferred the Special Ministerial Innovation Award to the 2010 Local Organizing
Committee (LOC) in recognition of the technological advancements they applied to coordinate an exceptional,
innovative 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In his keynote address, the Minister said the ceremony presented government and business further opportunities to explore partnerships for continued support of the culture of innovation in the country.