Netshitenzhe resigns

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pretoria - Director-General in the Policy Coordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) unit in the Presidency, Joel Netshitenzhe, has resigned.

The Presidency confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that Netshitenzhe resigned "following discussion and by mutual agreement with the Minister for the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel."

Netshitenzhe served in the national government since 1994. Prior to heading the PCAS, he was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) from 1998 to 2006.

"His contribution to the development of policy and in improving coordination of implementation across government has been invaluable and is highly appreciated," noted the Presidency.

The core mandate of the PCAS, which Netshitenzhe was instrumental in establishing, is to facilitate integrated strategic policy formulation and implementation across government.

The PCAS monitors and evaluates the interpretation of policies and the implementation of programmes in different departments on issues such as poverty relief, restructuring of state assets and integrated rural development.

It advises the President, Deputy President and Ministers in the Presidency on any interventions necessary to ensure more effective and efficient service delivery.

The Presidency thanked Netshitenzhe for his dedicated public service and wished him well.