Sisulu promises turnaround in public service
PUBLIC Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu expressed her commitment to turnaround her department, deemed by government as a stumbling block.
PUBLIC Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu yesterday expressed her commitment to turnaround her department, deemed by government as a stumbling block.
Sisulu said while she may not be able to change people's perceptions that she was demoted from her pervious defence portfolio, her focus would be to ensure that problems in the department - like the prolonged negotiations with unions and those related to the delay in integrating new IT systems - are things of the past.
Sisulu said the department had developed sound policies, but had failed to deliver fully on expectations.
"The recent monitoring and evaluation report released by Minister Collins Chabane has drawn attention to lack of compliance and performance in service delivery," she said in Pretoria.
"We are placed in an extremely challenging environment and we cannot fail."
Sisulu downplayed her redeployment to a new portfolio, denying it was part of some "machiavellian activity" by President Jacob Zuma in the run-up to the ANC national conference in December.
She instead pinned her deployment to the government's commitment to fulfil promises made to South Africans.
"This being the last stretch of our 20 years mark in government you can understand that nothing is more urgent than delivery of services to our people."
Sisulu is already hard at work to try to convince unions to accept the 9% wage increase to be tabled at the bargaining council.