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The PSC - At a Glance
The Public Service Commission is an independent and impartial body created
by the constitution to enhance excellence in governance within the public service
by promoting a professional and ethical environment and adding value to a public
administration that is accountable, equitable, efficient, effective, corrupt-free
and responsive to needs of the people of South Africa.
The Commission aims to promote the constitutionally enshrined democratic principles
and values in the Public Service by investigating, monitoring, evaluating, communicating
and reporting on the public administration; through research processes it will
ensure the promoting of excellence in governance and the delivery of affordable
and sustainable quality services.
The PSC in Brief
The Public Service Commission, which was established in 1999, is a constitutionally
mandated body responsible for investigating, monitoring and evaluating the organisation,
administration and practices of the South African public service.
The Public Service Commission comprises fourteen Commissioners; five are based
at the national PSC office in Pretoria and nine in the PSC regional offices
in all the provinces. Cabinet appoints all Commissioners and sets out policy
and strategic direction. A Chairperson heads the Commission and is responsible
for reporting to Parliament.
A Director-General heads the Office of the PSC (OPSC), which implements PSC
policies and programmes. The work of the OPSC is structured around six key performance
areas and two focus areas.
The Key Performance Areas
- Professional Ethics and Risk Management
- Special Investigations
- Management and Service Delivery Improvement
- Labour Relations
- Human Resource Management and Development
- Senior Management and Conditions of Service
There are also additional two KPAs (or Focus Areas) directly under the Director-General
- Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
- Institution Building
To read more about the vision and challenges facing the Commission since restructuring,
read the interview with Director-General in this edition.