The Public Service Commission (PSC) was established in
terms of Section 196 of the Constitution of the Republic of
South Africa, 1996. The Constitution stipulates that there
be a single Public Service Commission for the Republic of
South Africa, consisting of fourteen members, five of which
are appointed on the recommendation of the National
Assembly. One member is appointed from each of the nine
provinces, after nomination by the Premier of the province.
The Commission is accountable to the National Assembly and
must report annually to the Assembly. It must also report on
its activities in each province to the Legislature of the
In line with the Constitution as mentioned above, the PSC
(Commission) comprises 14 Commissioners: 5 Pretoria-based
Commissioners and one Commissioner Resident in each
province. The Commission is headed by a Chairperson.
The following are members of the PSC:
The PSC is supported by the Office of the Public Service
Commission (OPSC), headed by the Director-General, (who is
the Accounting Officer). The Office has its Head Office in
Pretoria and one Regional Office in each province. These
offices serve as a base for the provincially-based
Commissioners and are administered by Regional Directors,
with a small staff complement.