Public Service and Administration

National Department Budget for 2017-18

Vote purpose

Lead the modernisation of the public service, through a generally applicable framework of norms and standards, to improve service delivery.


The Department of Public Service and Administration draws its mandate from section 195(1) of the Constitution, which sets out basic values and principles the public service should adhere to, and the Public Service Act (1994). In terms of the act, the Minister of Public Service and Administration is responsible for establishing norms and standards relating to:

  • the functions of the public service
  • organisational structures and establishments of departments, and other organisational and governance arrangements in the public service
  • labour relations, conditions of service and other employment practices for employees
  • the health and wellness of employees
  • information management
  • electronic government in the public service
  • integrity, ethics, conduct and anti-corruption
  • transformation, reform, innovation and any other matter to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the public service and its service delivery to the public.

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