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Public Servants Need a Change in Mindset: Minister
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 21, 2011

“The state needs capacity to deliver on good governance because without it we can’t. So for government,  we require leadership and an excellent team of public servants and leadership should begin by the type of officials they recruit.”

She added those appointed needed to have the right mindset.
 
“We must be careful of people chasing packages ... without doing hard work.”

Dlamini-Zuma told guests that the relationship between government and chapter nine institutions was symbiotic, with one being unable to operate effectively without the other.

“The goal of government should be the same and that should be to ensure the business of government is conducted in best interest of all citizens.”

She said this is why personal agendas should be left at the door.
 
“They shouldn’t be antagonistic or confrontational ... while they should be independent, it is essential for both government and these institutions’ success lies in cooperating.”

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela told policy makers at the CSIR that the conference aims to take forward last year's recommendations on a roadmap in ensuring good governance.
 
“Our main aim is to achieve a common vision of what is good governance and strengthen synergies among ourselves as we pursue good governance.”

Madonsela said this conference would become an annual event, having started last year.

Last year, parties agreed on a framework and the main reason for this conference is to review the draft framework and agree to use that framework as a touchstone.

she says their goal this year will be educating the public on their ability to contact the Public Protector and their rights..
 
“People are accountable to me as a conduit ... to accountability to the people – these structures are meant to be a voice of the people  - without a paradigm shift these structures are useless. We need after-constitution thinking,” she said.

Madonsela was disappointed by South Africa's inability to move up the ranking on the Mo Ebrahim good governance ranking of the country’s success in good governance. South Africa was ranked number 5.
 
“We will make inroads in efforts to improve a culture of good governance.”

The ANC’s parliamentary chair on justice and constitutional development Llewellyn Landers told members that corruption has cost the country around R30-billion.

He said South Africa’s stagnation at number five on the index is concerning.

“South Africa’s quality of democracy is on a downward trend if one compares this year’s index with previous indices.”

Landers is also interested in seeing clean audits becoming the norm.

“The tendency among departments when they received these clean audits is to crack out the champagne – and we grant them that because perhaps they are deserving of it – but I look forward to the day where these clean audits become the norm and not deserving cracking open of the champagne.”

 

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