Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi has been appointed to a high-level task team to assist government through the National School of Government (The NSG), to finalise the National Implementation Framework towards the Professionalisation of the Public Service.
In December 2020, Minister Mchunu released the draft National Implementation Framework towards the Professionalisation of the Public Service for public comment. This followed the Cabinet approval of the publication of the draft framework, which is in line with the commitment made by the sixth administration to create a capable, ethical and developmental public service. The Minister initiated a public consultation process with the key stakeholders from various organisations and institutions inside and outside the public sector early this year. Through these public consultations, 159 organisations (including universities, research institutions, public sector institutions and professional bodies) participated and over 771 individuals attended the sessions.
“We have decided to bring independent expertise to assess the evidence, undertake peer review and make concrete recommendations on proposals outlined in the draft framework. I am encouraged by the support we have received from professional bodies and institutions and such cooperation augurs well for the finalisation of the public service framework,” said Minister Mchunu.
Within a 90-day period, the Task Team will be expected to undertake some of the following tasks:
i. Review inputs received from all stakeholders and synthesise the key issues affecting the professionalisation of the public service.
ii. Identify, consider and propose a range of areas of legislative and policy reforms across the public sector that are necessary to fully implement the professionalisation framework, as well as the mechanisms to achieve it.
iii. Advance consideration of appropriate institutional and legal framework(s) to implement the framework, which ensures a comprehensive and effective implementation of professionalisation.
iv. Recommend achievable timelines to expedite the legislation and effective implementation of the framework and to meet the proposed medium-term targets.
It is the intention of the Minister to finalise the professionalisation framework and present key recommendations to Cabinet by the end of October 2021.