No single public service bill, Sisulu says

2013-05-22 22:20
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu (File, Beeld)

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu (File, Beeld)

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Cape Town - New legislation has been tabled before Cabinet to replace the single public service bill, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Wednesday.

Speaking to media ahead of her budget vote debate in the National Assembly, Sisulu said the public administration management (Pam) bill would set national standards and systems for the public service - across all spheres of government.

Sisulu effectively dismissed opposition parties' fears that the intention was to interfere with the independence of provincial governments and municipalities.

"We do not want to run municipalities and provinces.

"We want them to be run within national standards and regulations," she said.

Speaking during the debate in the house, Sisulu said the Pam bill would ensure there was one set of norms and standards across the public service, and at the same time allow provinces and municipalities to retain operational independence.

"This will serve to improve mobility across different spheres of government and diminish the costly barriers to such seamless and rational mobility, while balancing the capacity across the State.

"But it will not in any way interfere with the spheres of governments of local or provincial tiers," Sisulu said.

The independence of provinces and municipalities was "entrenched in the Constitution".

The same bill would include provisions to bar public servants from doing business with government.

"This would enable us to close the loopholes that some unscrupulous officials have used.

"We have come to a determination that the most effective and efficient way of dealing with a conflict of interest is to remove it," Sisulu said.

The bill would be tabled in June.

Sisulu also announced plans to create a school of government to replace the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (Palama) - the government training department - was on track.

The school would operate as an institution of higher learning with proper accreditation.

"We have done the groundwork and I met with academics from Higher Learning Institutions on Monday to canvass a partnership between ourselves."

The school would be launched on 21 October this year.

"We have provided each one of you (MPs) with a copy of the proposed crest of the School of Government and would appreciate your comments before 1 June 2013, when we intend tabling it for approval."

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