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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government is proposing that the term of office for heads of departments be extended to 10 years from the existing five years, subject to performance.

Acting public service & administration minister Thulas Nxesi told MPs on Thursday that the policy had been finalised and was ready to go to the cabinet. The high turnover of directors-general (DGs) has plagued the government for some time, with acting DGs often filling their positions for long periods, sometimes for years. This has undermined the development and pursuit of long-term strategies. A 10-year term would ensure greater stability and less vulnerability to political interference. Nxesi said the professionalisation of the public administration — mentioned by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his state of the nation address — was critical to building state capacity. Among the “radical” reforms included in the framework are more decisive action on consequence management, especially in dealing with mediocrity, unethical behaviour and corrupt and criminal acts. Nxesi said the framework also proposed the repurposing of the Public Service Commission — which oversees the public administration — to insulate recruitment and selection practices from partisan influence and manipulation for the appointment of DGs and their deputies.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Linda Ensor at BusinessLive

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