SA needs people-centred govt, says minister

Governments succeed only if they use public service delivery to structure a society in which social justice can prevail, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said on Wednesday.

Addressing public-sector managers at the fourth annual Service Delivery Learning Academy in Cape Town, she told them they are the engines that drive that service delivery.

“As public officials, we owe it to the people of our country, the people of our region and even the people of the world to bring about a socially just and democratic society as fast as possible.”

She urged them to keep their sights on building a people-centred state capability.

“It is through the best possible provision of education, health, police services and others that we will build a country in which each individual will have the opportunity to develop to his or her full potential.”

The learning academy, run by Fraser-Moleketi’s department, is a three-day event designed to showcase “best practice” in the public service and to allow the several hundred public servants attending to share experiences and ideas.—Sapa

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