Tabling of the Public Service Commission’s Annual Report for 2019/20 Financial Year – Eastern Cape Province

25 March 2021

The Public Service Commission (PSC) in the Eastern Cape tabled the PSC’s Annual Report for the 2019/20 financial year at the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature on Thursday, 25 March 2021. It is the first time that the PSC in the Province formally table the Annual Report in line with the prevailing legislation.

Section 196 (4) (e) of the Constitution provides for accountability of the Commission in respect of its activities and the performance of its functions, including findings it may make and directions and advice it may give and to provide an evaluation of the extent on which the values and principles set out in section 195 of the Constitution are complied with. Section 196 (6) (b) provides that the reporting of these activities in a province shall be tabled at the legislature of that particular province.

After the tabling, the Speaker will refer the PSC’s Annual Report to the Portfolio Committee on Office of the Premier for processing. Given the fact that the Annual Report covers the work of the entire Public Service Commission, members of the Portfolio Committee will focus on province-specific matters that requires further handling.
The tabling of the Annual Report is a demonstration of how the PSC views accountability to be of paramount significance in the execution of its mandate in the interest of the maintenance of effective and efficient public administration and a high standard of professional ethics in the public service.

The PSC is an independent institution established in terms of Chapter 10 of the Constitution, primarily to promote “a high standard of professional ethics in the Public Service”.

SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE FOR 2019/20 – National Overview

  • The PSC attained all its Annual Performance Plan (APP) targets in the 2019/20 financial year and also achieved a clean Audit report.
OVERVIEW OF PERFORMANCE

Programme 2: Leadership Management Practices
  • Under Programme 2 the PSC exceeded the set target of 80% by 4%.
  • Under the year in review, amongst others, the PSC compiled a “Guide for Executive Authorities, Heads of Department, Senior Management and other staff on prescripts and legislative requirements which it used for the induction of the new administration. The PSC in the Eastern Cape Province inducted all Members of the Executive Council, members of the Provincial Legislature and HoDs on the Guide on Governance Practice for Executive Authorities and Head and Heads of Department.
Programme 3: Monitoring and Evaluation
  • For the year under review, the PSC developed a Constitutional Values and Principles (CVP) Booklet, which aims to inculcate a shared understanding of the CVPs and provide a norm of what can be expected from the public administration and most importantly, to encourage the application of the values and principles in the delivery of services.
  • With regards to the Eastern Cape, it is important to note that the PSC conducted service delivery inspections at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital (Mental Health Unit) and the Frere Hospital Nerina House Nurses Home. Key findings highlighted weaknesses in the safety and security measures, delapidated infrastructure and poor records management at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital whilst the conditions in which the medical personnel living at the Nerina House Nurses Home were highly unhygienic and posed a serious health risk to nurses’ lives, the building was found not to be conducive for human habitation hence, the recommendation to close it down. A report with findings and recommendations was submitted to the Provincial Department of Health for implementation of the recommendations.
Programme 4: Integrity and Anti-Corruption
  • The PSC in the Eastern Cape conducted an investigation into allegations of irregular appointments and procurement at the Eastern Cape Department of Transport; Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, as well as Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Reports with findings and recommendations werre presented to the various Portfolio Committees during the reporting period.
The PSC will continue to promote the Constitutional Values and Principles with the aim to change the mindset of public servants towards a responsive and values-driven Public Service. To this end, the PSC will continue to engage with all departments to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery and a high standard of professional ethics.

Issued by the Public Service Commission: Eastern Cape

For enquiries contact: Mr Loyiso Mgengo; Tel (043) 643 4704; Cell: 072 725 5348; E-mail: LoyisoM@opsc.gov.za
Humphrey Ramafoko; Tel: (012) 352 1197; Cell: 082 782 1730; E-mail: Humphreyr@opsc.gov.za

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