Dlodlo pushes Africa’s priorities
PUBLIC Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has urged Africa’s public service commissioners to redouble their efforts to promote good governance and excellence on the African continent.
Speaking at the fifth general assembly of the Association of African Public Services Commissions in Kempton Park, the Public Service and Administration minister said solutions to challenges facing the continent lie in structures such as the commission having the express purpose of promoting good governance and public service excellence.
“I have no doubt in my mind that as experts in public administration, your deliberations during your three-day meeting will, without doubt, provide solutions to some of the public service challenges that the continent faces.
“We know that good governance is not easy and tends to become a nebulous concept as it embraces many concepts of importance.
“Notions like the struggle against corruption, greater accountability for poor management of public funds and vigilance against human rights abuses can only be attained when there is competent management of a country’s resources and affairs in a manner that is transparent and accountable.
“Where there is corruption, wastage of public funds, lack of accountability and human rights abuses, development will suffer. If we take the argument that effective service delivery is the outcome of good governance, which can best be promoted through sound oversight, we would be on the right track,” Dlodlo said.
The Association of African Public Services Commissions comprises public service commissions across the African continent. Its primary purpose is to collaborate and share best practice among them in order to promote good governance and service delivery.