The amendments also include banning all public servants from doing business with the Government.
Cabinet and provinces have adopted a manual on procedures for recruiting, and/or retaining officials that resign.
In terms of accessibility; GEMS has made considerable inroads in covering lower level employees, with 45% of Level 1 to Level 5 employees now covered by the scheme.
Approximately R1 in every R5 spent on private healthcare is spent by GEMS, and approximately R1 out of every R10 spent on healthcare (private and public) in South Africa is spent by GEMS.
To contribute to job creation, CDWs identify and link unemployed youths to Government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and Community Works Programme. Their functions include: The Public Service Commission (PSC) is tasked and empowered to, amongst others, investigate, monitor, and evaluate the organisation and administration of the Public Service.
This mandate also entails the evaluation of achievements, or lack thereof of Government programmes. It plays a major policy role in establishing norms and standards for the Public Service, which ensure that service-delivery mechanisms, integrated systems and access, HR, institutional development and governance initiatives are responsive to the needs of citizens.This mandate has evolved over the years from transforming and modernising the Public Service through the development and implementation of policies and frameworks, to providing implementation support to ensure compliance, improve service delivery and strengthen monitoring and evaluation.In the area of HIV and AIDS, CDWs disseminate user-friendly information on these conditions and mobilise communities to actively participate in HIV and AIDS-related awareness programmes, including World AIDS Day.To promote food security, CDWs identify indigent households and mobilise them to benefit from the departments of agriculture and rural development’s food security programmes.The Minister of Public Service and Administration launched the anti-corruption bureau to fast-track disciplinary cases in the public sector.The bureau forms part of amendments to the Public Service Act of 1994.Uniform standards will be applied to all public servants across Government.The bureau will conduct investigations, institute disciplinary proceedings and work with existing law enforcement agencies, such as the Special Investigating Unit and National Prosecuting Authority, and the other related agencies such as the Financial Intelligence Centre and the South African Revenue Service.A case management system allows officials to monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are finalised speedily.By 2014, an agreement was already in place with the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that whistle-blowers were protected.