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Public Service Amendment Bill Published for Comment

April 8, 2021

Department of Public Service and Administration

The public service and administration department seeks comment on the Draft Public Service Amendment Bill.

The call for comment was published in Government Gazette 44415.

The draft bill seeks to amend the Public Service Act of 1994 to:


• provide for the devolution of administrative powers from executive authorities to heads of department;
• augment the role of the Director-General in the Presidency to support the President;
• provide for a mechanism to deal with the recovery of overpayments of remuneration and benefits;
• clarify the role of the Public Service Commission in respect of grievances;
• clarify the role of the President and the Premier in respect of the appointment and career incidents of heads of departments; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44417, the department called for comment on the Draft Public Administration Management Amendment Bill.

The draft bill seeks to amend the Public Administration Management Act of 2014 so as to:


• further provide for the transfer and secondment of employees;
• provide clarification regarding the prohibition against employees doing business with the State;
• provide for the establishment of the National School of Government;
• provide for the removal of employment disparities across the public administration;
• provide for the co-ordination of the mandating process for collective bargaining in the public administration; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

Comment on both draft bills is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

In a separate matter, the department announced, in Gazette 44416, the amendment of Schedule 2 to the Public Service Act for the Eastern Cape Province.

Reference to department of public works and infrastructure and head: public works and infrastructure and department of community safety and head: community safety have been inserted into Schedule 2 under Eastern Cape.