n Journal of Public Administration - Building state capacity - the case for the National School of Government in South Africa

Volume 48, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The success of the public service is largely dependent upon the requisite skills, experience and expertise within the state. This much the post-1994 South African state acknowledged as a strategic necessity in its establishment of a training institution in the public service, named the South African Management Development Institute (SAMDI), which thereafter became the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA), and now the National School of Government (NSG). The evolution of this training institution in the South African public service, which in various epochs assumed different designations, underscores its strategic importance in building state capacity. This article examines the constitutional mandate for public service training. It argues that in order to address the huge skills shortage in the public service, the targeted capacity building activities are imperative. Such a contribution through the National School of Government could assist in the enhancement of the professional image of public service institutions at large.

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