n Journal of Public Administration - Skills training : a prerequisite for the changing position and status of public servants in South Africa




Transformation and reform brought about profound challenges and changes to service delivery in the South African government. It also confirmed global experiences that, in order to manage this process, a knowledgeable, skilful and dedicated workforce is needed. South Africa is experiencing major difficulties in this regard.

To overcome this situation, skills development to increase productivity need to be instilled in the public sector. Particular objectives are therefore set to facilitate focus and prioritisation, and pursue equity. In this endeavour, the public servant plays an important role. It is furthermore of utmost importance to attract, develop and attain capable public servants to ensure that those policies that have been formalised in policy documents, can be implemented in an efficient and effective manner.


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