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The NSG forms part of the portfolio of the Ministry for the Public Service and Administration under the leadership of Minister Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi​ and Deputy Minister Ms Pinky Kekana

Minister: Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi

Hon. Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi, MP is the Minister for the Public Service and Administration. He was appointed to this position by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 30 June 2024.

Inkosi Buthelezi serves as the Deputy President of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and holds the esteemed position of Inkosi (Chief) of the Buthelezi Clan at Embongongweni. He is also a Prince, as he is a direct descendant of King Mpande.

Born on 16 February 1977 in Louwsburg (Ngotshe), Inkosi Buthelezi attended Bilanyoni Primary School and Kwasa High School in Paulpietersburg, and obtained a  National Diploma in Marketing and Business Management in Vryheid. read more

Deputy Minister: Ms Pinky Kekana

Ms Pinky Sharon Kekana is a South African politician who currently serves as the Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 30 June 2024.

Before her current role, Ms Kekana served as Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, a position she has held since 6 March 2023. She also held the position of Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies from 27 February 2018 until 5 August 2021

Born and raised in Bela-Bela, Limpopo Province, Ms Kekana’s first job was as a secondary school teacher at Bela-Bela High School, after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Her experiences as a teacher fuelled her passion for South Africa’s youth, and education including her commitment to improving opportunities for young people from all walks of life. read more

Executive Management Team
Executive Management Team

The Executive Management Committee (EMC) of the National School of Government provides strategic leadership to the department in line with its mandate emanating from inter alia, organisational management and governance as provided for in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, other legislation, Cabinet decisions and organisational best practice. The committee is established to ensure that the Business Branches of the NSG act as co-ordinated instruments of policy and delivery mechanisms of service offering to the stakeholders and customers. The committee also ensures that the priorities of the Department are aligned to the needs of the Department’s stakeholders and customers.

Prof. Busani Ngcaweni


The Office of the Principal is the highest executive office in NSG. The Principal, as Accounting Officer of the School, leads and provide strategic vision and direction; orchestrate activities and create harmony within the department; and allocate resources. The Principal also leads the organisational change and transformation agenda, whilst at the same time ensuring adherence to good corporate governance practices, and financial viability and sustainability of the trading entity of the school. The finance, internal audit, and risk management functions forms part of the office of the principal.

Dr Lakela Kaunda (DDG: Administration)


The Administration Branch provides administrative, strategic, technical and executive support services to enable the NSG to function optimally and effectively. Services provided by the Branch include information and communication technology, workplace environment and facilities management, communication and marketing, legal services, human resource management and development as well as strategic planning and operational management. The branch is also responsible for governance functions which include strategic planning and performance management and accountability to parliament, business continuity, service delivery improvement as well as service delivery improvement and Batho Pele. The Branch is also responsible for the management of strategic partnerships and relations with international partners as well as partners within the African continent and strengthening these partnerships for the benefit of the NSG and the country.

Dr Botshabelo Maja (DDG: Professional Support Services)

Professional Support Services

The Branch has been reconfigured to emphasise the provision of expert support services that will enable the NSG to deliver quality ETD through an enhanced eLearning modality informed by market intelligence and research, outcomes and impact, quality assurance and accreditation as well as efficient logistical support through technical support services. The former Training Policy and Planning Branch has been incorporated into the PSS branch to consolidate the service offerings in one branch. The branch comprises the following chief directorates:

• eLearning
• Technical Support Services
• Research and Market Intelligence (formerly known as Research and Innovation)
• Quality Assurance and Accreditation Management (formerly comprised of two Chief Directorates one being Quality Assurance and the other being Accreditation)
• Outcomes and Impact (formerly known as Monitoring and Evaluation)

Ms Phindile Mkwanazi (DDG: Learning and Professional Development)

Learning and Professional Development

The Branch is tasked with the delivery of training to the following categories of public servants in the three spheres of government, the legislative sector and organs of State in general:
It comprises the following chief directorates:
Cadet and Foundation Development Level: Graduates who wish to join the public sector from interns up to occupation level 8. Emphasis on understanding rules of government, service delivery excellence (especially to grow in the majority of front line officials are in this band), and build a solid base of occupational skills.

Middle Management Development: Catering for occupational categories 9-12 with emphasis on occupational skills, supply chain management, budgeting, supervisory skills and pathways to (further) qualifications.

Senior Management Development and Professionalisation: Targeting senior managers between levels 13 and 14 (directors and chief directors) who must grow expertise in their areas of work.

Executive Development and Leadership Support: Targeting DGs, Deputy DGs and political office bearers. The political office bearers segment includes a focus on building expertise on economic governance, political oversight and accountability using instruments like the Executive Ethics Code and the PFMA.

Business Development and Specialised Programmes: Aimed at opening new markets for The NSG, ensuring product and service visibility in identified target markets.

• Curriculum Support and Trainer Professionalisation: Manage content creation and the service offering to the public administration institutions/clients, review existing courses/ programmes to determine relevance, update where necessary, and develop new courses/ programmes in line with this expanded mandate. Assist in developing, reviewing, renewing and ensuring a streamlined, relevant curriculum. Address matters of quality and ensure adherence to standards. Be instrumental in giving effect to the three tenets of the new service delivery model namely, to direct, influence and refer relevant curriculum offerings

Mr Kubele Hlalethwa (CFO)

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

The core function of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer is to provide overall management of the financial affairs of the School. The sub-programme provides services to support planning, controlling and monitoring financial performance targets through its units, namely: supply chain management, financial management and reporting, and management accounting. This also covers the establishment and continuous improvement of effective systems for the management and safeguarding of NSG assets.

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