This past Friday, the National School of Government (NSG) staff convened for a brief meeting with the Deputy Minister (DM) for Public Service and Administration, Ms Sinidisiwe Chikunga. Her visit to the NSG follows the notable clean audit outcome on the organisation’s Vote Account for the 2018/2019 Financial Year and the Strategic Planning Session that recently took place. The previous clean audit was achieved in the 2016/2017 Financial Year.

The Office of the Principal led by Ms Phindile Mkwanazi welcomed DM Chikunga to the meeting. In her opening remarks, the DM reflected on the recent Medium Term Budget Policy Statement where she highlighted the mounting debt the country finds itself in.  She further alluded to the important role the NSG can play in contributing to the improvement of public service. She emphasised that an ethical and strong government can be achieved through the NSG. “Professionalism in the public service is critical” said the DM. Confidently, the DM hailed the NSG for the exceptional work it continues to accomplish within the public service. Furthermore, DM Chikunga encouraged the NSG to embody the principles of Batho Pele as the School is the mirror of what is right in the public service.

The DM encouraged the organisation to market the work it does everywhere and provide uniform learning and development to the public service. Deputy Minister Chikungu closed off her sentiments by encouraging the NSG to strive to improve the public service through it’s training and development mandate and pledged full support to the School from both the Minister and her office to achieve this.