September marks Public Service Month (PSM) in South Africa. The 2020 PSM celebrations are taking place when the country and the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The celebrations will take an integrated government wide programme of Public Service Month from 1 September 2020 to 4 October 2020 across all three spheres of government.
The overall goals of the Public Service Month programme is to:
The PSM is coordinated throughout the three spheres of government. The programme afford opportunities for public sector stakeholders to use the integrated planning model for Cooperative Governance which seeks to be a new integrated, district-based, service delivery approach aimed at fast-tracking service delivery to review service delivery challenges; ensure responsive improvements in the quality and efficiency of service delivery; and through Khaedu deployments of SMS members, identification of frontline service challenges, as well as the development of plans for corrective action and interface with the citizens, and promote the Batho Pele Principles to continue placing the people and their needs at the centre.
The Public Service Month is commemorated under the theme: “Growing South Africa Together for an Ethical Public Service."
The theme reinforces government's commitment to instil a sense of pride of being a Public Servant, and calls on Public Servants to abide by the Batho Pele Principles.
The Constitution of South Africa, Chapter 10, demands that the Public Service, amongst others, maintains and promotes a high standard of professional ethics; promotes efficient, economic and effective use of resources; and is accountable for its actions.
The Code of Conduct in the Public Service forms the main basis on which pro-active, corrective and even disciplinary action rests. The Code of Conduct is clear that Public Servants must execute their official duties in a professional and competent manner. It also prescribes that public servants, when on official duty, dress and behaves in a manner that is befitting of a Public Service employee.
The Public Service in anchored in the Constitution
The Code of Conduct in Public Service inspires us to put Batho Pele – People First.
Public Service Regulations are our conscience for ethical conduct.
Dedicated Public Servants serve diligently.
Public Service Month is an integrated programme of government.
Public Service Month is linked to priorities of government.