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2010-09-17 00:00

THE confrontational nature of the recent public servants strike indicates that although great strides toward meeting the government’s transformation targets have been made in the public sector, employees at lower levels are dissatisfied with the outcomes of transformation.

This is according to Colette Clark, Deputy Director-General of Human Resource Management and Development at the national Public Service and Administration Department.

Clark was the keynote speaker at conference on transformation, hosted by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Institute of People Management (IPM) in Durban yesterday.

She stressed that although the government has excelled in meeting numerical transformation targets, burning issues around inequalities and disparities in the public service remain.

“It [the strike] is a measure of dissatisfaction among employees regarding transformation in the public service. This plays itself out in issues around conditions of service.

“Transformation is not [merely] about footfall. We can’t underestimate the consequences of dealing with the qualitative aspects of transformation.”

The theme of the conference was “Courageous Engagement in Transformation”.

Thabo Makama, BEE Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Accenture (a global management consulting company) said that managers should help people in their organisations to manage their careers.

He stressed that in many instances, the processes used in organisations require changing, rather than the people.

He focused on the importance of attracting and recruiting talent, as well as retaining and engaging with talented staff members.

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