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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.



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