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Date: 15 Jun 2012
Title: Management performance assessment yields some positive results
Pretoria - An assessment of 103 national and provincial departments carried out during the 2011/2012 financial year has found that some departments were performing well.
"Where areas of excellence were identified, case studies are being developed and these will be made available to other departments to emulate," said Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane.
However, it was not all "hunky-dory" and the assessments also identified areas that need improvement and further attention in many departments, he pointed out.
Briefing the media after a regular cabinet meeting this week, Chabane on Friday detailed some of the areas that required further work.
* The use of monitoring and evaluation to inform improvements to policies, programmes and service delivery;
* Service delivery improvement through setting service delivery standards and developing charters and implementing improvement plans;
* Managing financial disclosures of senior managers and ensuring awareness of the code of conduct;
* Human resource management;
* Diversity management (gender and disability equity in the public service);
* The management of information technology systems;
* Supply chain management and procurement.
"Departments are required to put in place improvement plans to address these areas, and the assessments will be repeated annually to check and assist departments to monitor improvement," he added.
The DPME, DPSA and National Treasury are also implementing support initiatives to assist departments to address these weaknesses.
Cabinet noted that the management of departments had generally assessed their departments objectively, which was evident by the high level of correlation between the assessment results and the findings of oversight institutions such as the Public Service Commission and the Auditor General.
"Cabinet insists that all 156 national and provincial departments to participate in the assessment process in the future. The assessment of municipalities will commence soon," he added. - BuaNews