The Acting Principal of National School of Government provided feedback to all staff, following the recent Strategic Planning Session between SMS and MMS members. The intention of the Strategic Planning Session was to prepare for the new 5 year term (2020-2025) of the new administration. Furthermore, the strategic planning session provided an opportunity for the NSG to craft new mission, vision and values, aligned to the aspirations of the NSG’s political leadership.

Some of the considerations that emerged from the strategic planning session included the National Development Plan and how the NSG should respond to it. Secondly, the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), followed by the Public Administration Management Act (PAMA), which may not be enabling the NSG to entirely fulfill its mandate.  Impeding challenges in the organisation, such as insufficient IT systems, contact centre backlog, insufficient marketing and brand awareness as well as low staff morale were some of the elements discussed.

The NSG staff present at the strategic planning were divided into different commissions to establish a new future for the NSG.  Members deliberated on what should be the new vision and mission statement for the organisation, of which was to be finalised once further consultations have taken place.

The following are the new NSG Vision and Mission:

Vision

An Ethical and Capable Public Sector in Service of the People.

Mission

To Empower Public Servants to be Responsive to Citizen Needs and Government Priorities, through Education, Training and Development interventions.

Due to the limited number of days in which the NSG Strategic Workshop Session had to take place, the different commissions could not conclude way forward.  Below is a summary of way forward in strategically positioning the NSG, where the different commissions will have to re-convene:

 

Plans and content created from the different work streams will then be incorporated to create the NSG’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan document. This will be taken for approval by the Minister by the end of November 2019.

WORKSTREAM EXPECTATIONS LEADER SUPPORTING COMMISSION
1.   Organisational functionality
  1. Proposals for optimal organisational form and design
  2. Change Management approach
  3. Operations management implementation
Dr Fran Greyling Green
2.   Organisational sustainability
  1. Financial sustainability
  2. Infrastructure and ICT requirements to support a new strategy
Mr Botshabelo Maja Red
3.   Programme design & Delivery
  1. Review of NSG programmes and proposals for an ETD Framework
  2. Quality Management
  3. Mandatory and compulsory programmes
  4. Accessibility to three spheres of government
  5. Trainer professionalization
  6. Integrated delivery process
  7. How to measure and achieve training numbers/ targets
Dr Milly Paile Yellow
4.   Partnerships and brand awareness
  1. Integrated partnership & collaboration approach
  2. NSG benefiting partnerships
  3. Brand awareness
Dr Stephen Mohlokoane Blue
5.  Legal PAMA amendment Ms Bernadetta Tabane

Plans and content created from the different work streams will then be incorporated to create the NSG’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan document. This will be taken for approval by the Minister by the end of November 2019.

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