PUB­LIC SEC­TOR EN­COUR­AGED TO “LEAD LIKE MAN­DELA”

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The Na­tional School of Govern­ment (NSG) was es­tab­lished in terms of the Pub­lic Ser­vice Act, 1994, with a le­gal man­date to pro­vide or fa­cil­i­tate the pro­vi­sion of train­ing in the pub­lic ser­vice. The School was of­fi­cially launched by the Min­is­ter for Pub­lic

Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Oc­to­ber 2013. It pro­vides com­pul­sory and de­mand-driven train­ing fo­cused on im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion on lead­er­ship, man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion in the pub­lic ser­vice. In ad­di­tion to this, the NSG un­der­takes re­search on pub­lic ser­vice train­ing and car­ries out train­ing needs analy­ses for the dif­fer­ent govern­ment de­part­ments. Part­ne­ships with pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor in­sti­tu­tions are also in­te­gral to the suc­cess of the NSG. The ex­change of knowl­edge and col­lab­o­ra­tive de­vel­op­ment of ca­pac­ity build­ing so­lu­tions en­riches the qual­ity and rel­e­vance of NSG’s in­ter­ven­tions. As we cel­e­brated 100 years of the life and legacy of Nel­son Rolih­lahla Man­dela, the NSG part­nered with the Them­bek­ile Man­dela Foun­da­tion (TMF) to en­cour­age pub­lic sec­tor lead­ers to lead like Man­dela. The “Lead­ing Like Man­dela” pro­gramme seeks to be­stow pub­lic sec­tor lead­ers with the eth­i­cal and trans­for­ma­tive lead­er­ship qual­i­ties that de­fined Nel­son Man­dela’s lead­er­ship. The two part­ners are pre­par­ing to pi­lot this pro­gramme in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor. The pro­gramme, of­fi­cially named Man­dela Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme, comes at a time when the coun­try, the con­ti­nent and the world are call­ing out for great, con­scious lead­ers who self­lessly strive to im­prove the lives of their peo­ple sus­tain­ably. This part­ner­ship en­tails train­ing pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor lead­ers to lead like Man­dela and to strengthen the en­gage­ment be­tween the pub­lic sec­tor, pri­vate sec­tor and civil so­ci­ety for the re­al­i­sa­tion of the vi­sion of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan (NDP), AU Agenda 2063 and UN Vi­sion 2030 to cre­ate a bet­ter world for all.

This is in line with the call by the NDP for govern­ment to col­lab­o­rate with other non-state ac­tors and to build lead­er­ship through­out state and so­ci­ety. Ar­eas of co-operation un­der the part­ner­ship are re­lated to or­gan­is­ing and co-host­ing Thought Lead­er­ship sem­i­nars/di­a­logues and “Man­dela Talks” on top­ics of na­tional in­ter­est/im­por­tance; to pi­lot the “Lead­ing Like Man­dela” lead­er­ship pro­gramme in the pub­lic sec­tor; to col­lab­o­rate on so­cial out­reach, tar­get­ing the youth in ar­eas of ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment mu­tu­ally agreed to by the two par­tic­i­pants; and to col­lab­o­rate in “Think Tanks”, and re­search and de­vel­op­ment of case stud­ies in pub­lic sec­tor ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment. The common bold am­bi­tion of this part­ner­ship is to take the Man­dela Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme to the African con­ti­nent and the rest of the world; and through the part­ner­ship be­tween TMF and the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) we will be able to reach that goal.

The grand­daugh­ter of Nel­son Man­dela, Ms Ndileka Man­dela ad­dress­ing at­ten­dees on the im­por­tance of the pro­gramme.

The prin­ci­pal of the NSG, Pro­fes­sor Richard Levin.

The prin­ci­pal of the NSG, Pro­fes­sor Richard Levin, signs the MoU with the founder of the TMF, Ms Ndileka Man­dela.

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