The school is part of the Ministry for Public Service and Administration (MPSA), under the leadership of Minister Senzo Mchunu and Deputy Minister Sindy Chikunga


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Minister Senzo Mchunu was educated at the University of Zululand and the University of South Africa where he obtained a BA majoring in Education and International Relations. He then worked as a high school teacher for a number of years at St Augustine’s High School in Nquthu before transferred to Eshowe and taught at Impande High School.

He went into politics full time in 1991 when he was appointed as the first regional secretary of the northern Natal region of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1994 he was elected the first Provincial Secretary of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal. He became ordinary member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in 1997 until he was appointed Chairperson of the Agriculture Portfolio Committee.

Between 2002 – 2004 he served as Chairperson of the Social Development Portfolio Committee and again served in the same capacity for the Portfolio of Education between 2004 and 2009.

He became MEC of Education in KwaZulu-Natal between 2009 and 2013. He was elected Provincial Chairperson of the ANC in 2013 and served as Premier of KwaZulu-Natal between 2013 and 2015.

President Ramaphosa appointed Mr Mchunu as Minister for the Public Service and Administration on 29 May 2019..


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Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga has been a Member of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa since 2004. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Curationis from University of Pretoria, Bachelor of Arts degree in Curationis from University of South Africa, a Diploma in Nursing Science from the Edenvale Nursing College and Midwifery Diploma from the Edenvale Nursing College. She is currently studying Political Science with University of South Africa.

As a Member of Parliament Ms Chikunga has served on the Correctional Services Portfolio Committee, Joint Budget Portfolio Committee, Housing Portfolio Committee, Auditor-General and Joint Standing Committee on Defence and as a Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police from 2009 to 2012.

She was an Ex-Officio Member of African National Congress ANC) Regional Executive Committee and she had served on the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) Regional Executive Committee as Ex Officio Member and ANC Deputy Regional Secretary and Regional Secretary for Gert Sibande Region.

Ms Chikunga has also served as a Chairperson of ANCWL branch in Queen Lebotsibeni; Regional Task Team Member Realignment of branches and ANCWL Regional Secretary for Badplaas Region and she became a member of DCO Makiwane Youth League in 1982, ANC Provincial Executive Committee in Mpumalanga and had served as a whip from 2007 to 2009.

She was the Deputy Minister of Transport prior to President Ramaphosa appointing her as Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration on 29 May 2019.

Executive Management Team


Principal: National School of Government

Principal: National School of Government

The Office of the Principal is the executive office in NSG. The Principal, provides 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 Office of the Principal is the  executive office in NSG. The Principal, provides 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 following are the Business Units under the Office of the Principal:

Communication, International and Special Projects

The Office of the Principal must also contribute to strategic and intellectual discourse on capacity building in the public service, domestically and internationally. These responsibilities also include communication, public and stakeholder engagements, forging strategic international partnerships, mobilising resources from the donor community, and facilitating the School’s engagement in the global knowledge exchange network through mutually beneficial partnerships with institutions on the African continent and around the world.

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.

Internal Audit

The core function of the Internal Audit Unit is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve NSG’s operations. It helps NSG to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. The Internal Audit Unit therefore assists the Principal, as Accounting Officer, in maintaining efficient and effective controls by evaluating administrative procedures and control measures to determine their effectiveness and efficiency, thereby developing recommendations for enhancements and improvements needed. Internal Audit has an administrative reporting line to the Corporate Management sub-programme. Risk management is also supported through Internal Audit.

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DDG:Corporate Management

Corporate Management

The branch provides support to the School on matters of strategic and allied functions to position the School and drive through its transformation and development. The branch is responsible for a range of activities supporting executive functions within the NSG, these include, management of the strategic cycle activities, legal and contractual matters as well as providing other administrative services to ensure smooth running of the School. The branch is further responsible for the provision of corporate services to the School through work carried under three units, namely; Information Communication Technology, Human Resource Management and Development as well as Logistics and Facilities Management. The three units play a strategic role of enabling and supporting all Branches within the School with human and physical space resources and operational tools to meet their strategic objectives. The ICT and Facilities Management functions exist to also enhance and provide a more efficient and modern provision of services to the School.


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DDG: Specialised Services

Specialised Services

The branch focuses on the specialised and transversal support competencies that are core to NSG as defined through functions of the business units listed below:

Curriculum Design

The core function of the Curriculum Design Unit is the management of the entire curriculum development cycle of training programmes and courses covering the spectrum of induction, leadership, management, and administration competencies. Capacity gaps identified as part of the training needs analyses informs the curriculum design processes and course (and programme) development.

Quality Assurance

The core function of the Quality Assurance Unit is to enhance the credibility of NSG courses and resultant training. All NSG programmes and courses – whether credit bearing or not – are subjected to rigorous quality assurance processes.


The core function of the Accreditation Unit is to increase available accredited programmes and courses (though not at the expense of non-credit bearing professional development programmes) that are linked to targeted qualifications on the National Qualification Framework.


The core function of the E-Learning Unit is to explore and implement modes of training delivery that take advantage of new and existing technologies to inform training rollout beyond the traditional face-to-face classroom-based training.


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Acting DDG: Training Management and Delivery

Training Management & Delivery

The sub-programme is responsible for the roll-out of training and post-training delivery support in induction, leadership, management, and administration as defined in the following units:

Induction Training

The core function of the Induction Unit is the implementation of programmes that give effect to the induction and orientation of all public servants in line with the constitutional requirements, the principles of Batho Pele and values and ethos of the public service. In addition, the unit also looks into the preparation of unemployed youth graduates for entry into the public service.

Leadership Training

The core function of the Leadership Training Unit is to build leadership capacity across all levels in the public service, from initial access to on-going professional development throughout the leadership pipeline. Its approach is grounded in distributed leadership at all performer levels. Leadership development and support will include training programmes on effective leadership in the public service, mentoring and coaching, workshops and seminars.

Management Training

The core function of the Management Training Unit is to develop technical skills for generic management competencies. These cover the following core areas: Financial Management; Human Resource Management; Project Management; Supply Chain Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Planning and Organisation Design.

Administration Training

The core function of the Administration Training Unit is to improve the administrative capacity of the State, for which there has been repeated calls by key role players. NSG will focus on the following core administrative areas: Ethics and Anti-Corruption, Diversity Management, Communication and Service Delivery to the Citizen, which includes training on Project Khaedu.

Technical Support

The Unit focuses on training delivery logistics management, maintenance of the training management system (TMS), management of training provider contracts, caterers, and printers and training records management.


The Marketing Unit is responsible for the undertaking of marketing initiatives to increase opportunities for training and development, through initiatives such as exhibitions, marketing material and brand development and enhancement. The Sales function is also located in this chief directorate.



Acting DDG: Training Policy and Planning

Acting Branch Head: Training Policy and Planning

Training Policy and Planning

This branch has not been fully established as functions relating to policy and planning have not been created. Currently, the key line functions of the branch is Research and Innovation as well as Monitoring and Evaluation. In addition, curriculum policy and planning, quality assurance policy and planning as well as norms and standards functions will be developed.

Research and Innovation

The core functions and purpose of the Research and Innovation Unit is to:

  • undertake, disseminate and provide access to relevant research,
  • conduct training needs analyses to inform the capacity development requirements of client departments,
  • create proper facilities equipped to provide knowledge management services and
  • give access to resource material and assist with benchmarking practices.

It entails conducting broad research studies into the nature of the South African State, its character and attributes towards informing capacity development for improved service delivery.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The core functions of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of training programmes offered by the National School of Government. A further level of evaluation, i.e. the Application of Learning Studies has been implemented by the Chief Directorate. The objective is to determine whether learning programmes make any difference to the performance of the participants after attending a particular training programme. It is anticipated that, as data is collected over a period of time from specific departments, a determination can eventually be made as to the effect of the training on the department.