Public Service Commission probes Gauteng departments

An empty ICU ward at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Westdene, all the patients were transferred to Coronation Hospital and Baragwanath until power cuts are over.

An empty ICU ward at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Westdene, all the patients were transferred to Coronation Hospital and Baragwanath until power cuts are over.

The commission, which encourages efficiency in the use of resources, is concerned about nonperformance in some provincial departments.

The state of Gauteng’s public service is to come under the spotlight in a report to be published by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

According to PSC provincial commissioner Michael Seloane, the PSC has already circulated a questionnaire to all government departments.

“We have given provincial government departments until Friday to respond and make submissions to the PSC,” said Seloane. “The report will cover ethics, integrity, human resource management, labour relations and access to information, among others.”

Established in terms of Chapter 10 of the constitution, the institution has a mandate to promote good values, principles and adherence to governance.

Seloane said the PSC encouraged efficiency in the use of resources.

“Overspending and underspending are bad because such practices lead to lack of service delivery. We make recommendations to MECs and if no action is taken, the PSC should be told why.”

He said the PSC was concerned about nonperformance in some departments of the provincial government.

Health, which was this week exposed for a failure to spend a massive R559 million on capital assets in the past financial year, is among the Gauteng departments to be probed.

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