Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi is on Thursday expected to listen to the day-to-day challenges faced by Limpopo public servants.
The meeting is aimed at promoting an innovative, selfless and inspired public service in honour of liberation struggle hero, Oliver Reginald (OR) Tambo.
The South African government declared September as Public Service Month (PSM). Minister Muthambi said September is about celebrating the value and virtue of service to the community.
“For the public service to prosper, we need to create and instil a culture of efficient and effective labour relations between the employer and labour. PSM is an integrated strategic national event in the calendar of the Department of Public Service and Administration.
“This year’s PSM is significant in that it seeks to provide feedback and progress made on the 2016 public service-wide consultative meetings and engagements by the [Minister of Public Service and Administration],” Minister Muthambi said.
The country is marking Public Service Month under the theme ‘Together Moving the Public Service Forward: We Belong, We care, We serve’.
The focus of this year’s PSM will be on creating an enabling policy environment for the rest of the public service and to support the effective implementation of these policies through monitoring, training and the promotion of innovation.
September also marks 20 years since the adoption of the Batho Pele (Putting People first) Principles and the White Paper on Transforming Public Service Delivery.
The principles of Batho Pele were developed with the intention of improving service delivery within government sectors by supporting the transformation of the public service into a citizen-orientated institution.
Batho Pele is also about moving the public service from a rules-bound approach that hinders the delivery of services to an approach that encourages innovation and is results driven.
Sandton City and Mandela Square visitors can now ditch ticketed parking vouchers for automated payment, which recognises number plates and automatically opens boom gates.
Shoppers and visitors who want to use the new parking payment system can download an app or sign up to the Admyt system, which will require login credentials and credit card or debit card details.
The Admyt app is free and charges are the same as for normal paper tickets, or occasionally better – good deals are sometimes negotiated and are available for download on iOS and Android.
Once information is inputted, the shopper can simply drive up to the boom gate of his choice. Booms will open automatically through number plate recognition, by means of a camera at the boom gates. The same occurs on departure. The parking fee will be charged to the driver’s credit or debit card, and admit will send on the parking receipt afterwards.
The company behind the technology told Fin24 that all card details are securely stored using encryption technology.
Payment tokens are sent to parking management, with no one able to view the user’s information. Preston Gaddy, general manager of the Sandton Precinct, said: “With the rise of technological innovation in the world, today’s public have come to know and appreciate technology for making almost everything in life a lot easier.”
Admyt recently launched similar parking options in shopping centres in Benmore Gardens, Rivonia Village and Cradlestone Mall.
South Africa and the United Kingdom have recommitted to enhance trade ahead of the UK leaving the European Union.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, held a bilateral meeting on Tuesday in Tshwane.
“Both Ministers recommitted themselves to a seamless post Brexit in terms of trade and technical work will be intensified to ensure that the interim arrangements will be finalised before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in 2019,” said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).
The meeting also committed to further developing mutually beneficial trade and investment relations.
The United Kingdom remains a key investment partner for South Africa in terms of the total inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows received from the rest of the world. The UK has invested in 333 FDI projects in South Africa, with direct capital investment estimated at about R159.01 billion over the period of 2003 to May 2017.
“The UK has been a significant trading partner of SA over the past years and ranks as South Africa’s seventh largest export partner in the world and second largest export partner in the European Union region. There is a need to discuss an arrangement on technical issues in order to ensure smooth trade post Brexit,” said Minister Davies.
The two leaders’ meeting was a continuation of the ongoing high-level engagement between South Africa and the United Kingdom.
The Ministers’ meeting follows the Southern African Customs Union’s Trade Ministers’ meeting with the United Kingdom in July, where parties agreed that their trade relations should not be disrupted due to the Brexit process.
UK Export Finance (UKEF) — the UK’s export credit agency — has made additional funds available for UK companies exporting to South Africa and for South African buyers of UK goods and services to bolster trade between the two countries after Brexit.