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Kgalema addresses Govt Leaders Summit

Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe has stressed upon the importance to improve service delivery.

Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe on Wednesday urged government managers to develop strategies to ensure a productive public service and address the challenges dogging service delivery.

He was speaking at the first Government Leaders Summit being held in Pretoria.

The summit provides a platform for national, provincial and local government bosses to discuss challenges and development solutions to improve service delivery.

Motlanthe said the public service is pivotal to South Africa achieving its developmental goals.

"The idea of a highly productive public service is to meet the basic needs of our people as well as contribute towards the development of our economy."

He said it was imperative to develop a civil service attuned to the need to deliver social justice.

"An effectual public service has to develop a deeper understanding of the constitutional imperatives

South Africa has been rocked by violent service delivery protests over the past year.

In January, four people were killed during service delivery protests in Sasolburg.

Protesters went on a rampage looting shops and destroying municipal property.

They were voicing their anger over a merger of Sasolburg with the Ngwathe Local Municipality.

Government has since warned that violence will not be tolerated during service delivery protests.