Admin policy documents available to govt depts

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cape Town - The Department of Public Service and Administration has made available policy documents that deal with all line-function activities of government.

"We have policy documents for dealing with all line-function activities of the Government, with a view to promote the following basic values and principles of our Administration, applicable in all the three spheres of our Government, organs of State and public entities," Minister Richard Baloyi said during his department's Budget Vote in Parliament on Tuesday.

For the past fifteen years, government has set policies that are meant to strengthen the state to deliver in terms of its mandate.

The policy documents include promoting a high standard of professionalism; efficient, effective and economic use of resources as well as ensuring a development-oriented public service.

Other values included in the policies are ensuring that services must be provided impartially, fairly, equitably and without bias; building a responsive and participatory public service as well as promoting an accountable public administration.

According to the Minister, the policy documents were developed to give effect to the Constitutional provisions, such as the promulgation of the Public Finance Management Act, applicable at Provincial and National Government level, as well as the Municipal Finance Management Act.

"These pieces of legislation replace the Apartheid-drawn Exchequer and Audit Act, and they provide uniform legislative instruments to ensure the sound management of financial resources of the government.

"A priority for us going forward in this journey of sound financial management is to ensure that all public servants come to terms with the provision of these legislations, and the instrument of measure for the realisation of this priority is Government Departments reflecting no qualifications when they are audited," he said.