Our Impact Statement

Improved organisational performance in public sector institutions through

education, training and development

Our Mandate

The NSG draws its mandate from section 195, and with particular reference to 195(1) (h), which stipulates that: “good human resource management and career-development practices, to maximise human potential, must be cultivated”

Any developmental public administration requires a professionalised public service with public servants with the necessary attributes, skills and competencies to fulfil the transformation and developmental agenda of the State

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.

Values

Three core values that define the NSG. These are learn, grow, and serve.

Capacity for Learning is an essential foundation for South Africa’s future development, and this value will find expression in the NSG. The NSG assists public organisations to continuously improve outcomes and impact by institutionalising effective and reliable learning. As the ultimate purpose of all the NSG’s learning and development programmes and services is improved performance of public sector institutions, there will be an organisational development focus in every aspect of design, development and delivery ensuring that capacity issues are approached holistically, developmentally and systematically.

With learning there is Growth. The content of learning and development will be socially and politically progressive, national in character but supported by and reflective of the needs and challenges of local contexts. Learning programmes are designed to be dynamic and developmental; they ensure that public servants are able to access relevant knowledge and develop critical, reflective, analytical and problem solving skills that will enable them to be responsive to the needs and demands that confront the public sector. The NSG’s research and knowledge management support services ensures that public servants will be able to contribute to the ongoing development of policy-relevant knowledge through their own learning and development process.

Serving and a professional, responsive service-orientation are central to a developmental state. The NSG will emphasise partnerships, consultation and engagement in the development of a national Learning and Development Strategy,

with the objective of developing collective leadership for a uniform professional and capable public service, imbued with a culture and ethos of service. The NSG will be grounded in the democratic ethos and values of the South African Constitution and contribute to institutionalising the values and principles of public service it outlines.

These include the following:

  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Consistency
  • Excellence
  • Fairness
  • Social justice

The work of the NSG will be shaped by the following foundational values.

  • Lead by example
  • Achieve excellence through collaboration
  • Innovate continuously
  • Flexible, responsive and needs-driven services
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