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PARI will shortly launch a major, new initiative on public sector reform. This comes in the context of the institute’s ongoing research into how government works and in the wake of the Betrayal report. South Africa is at a crossroads, where the democratic project is at risk from a populist nationalism that has also weakened state institutions. In the spirit of building a just and democratic state in the service of South Africans we plan to host a series of roundtables to address various pressing questions of institutional reform.

To launch this process we will be sharing and discussing the experience of being a public servant and government official in contemporary South Africa. The public service round-tables are part of a package of measures to begin thinking through what public service reform is needed. This is in the light of the various issues which have arisen with regard to state capture, the undermining and interference with the roles of public servants and the various relevant revelations in the #Guptaleaks.

Testimonies is the first event in the 5-part series, which will be followed by an international comparative event later this year, and technical commissions in 2018.

Prof Ivor Chipkin (Executive Director, Public Affairs Research Institute)
Dr Neva Makgetla (Senior Economist at Trade and Industrial Policy Studies; former Deputy Director General for economic policy in the Economic Development Department)
Themba Maseko (Communications Director at Business Leadership SA; former CEO of GCIS and spokesperson for the government of South Africa)

When: 3 October 2017, 16h00 to 19h00

Where: Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER)
6th Floor, Richard Ward Building,East Campus
University of the Witwatersrand

Twitter: #StateReform @PARInstitute

RSVP: Mpho Mohapi