New public servants bill on the cards

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has unveiled plans to improve public service and administration.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Monday said a bill was proposed which would require all public servants countrywide to be retrained.

She said this should help improve service delivery across the board.

Sisulu was speaking at the Sandton Convention Centre where she announced the bill would be proposed this week.

Sisulu said if the bill was passed, the number of public servants would massively increase.

"If we succeed in this and the bill is passed, it would mean that we would have 1.6 million people in the public service which is the total population of Namibia."

All 1.6 million workers will then be retrained so they will be able to do their jobs more efficiently.

Sisulu said professionalising her workers was of utmost importance and yet another extension of her plans to build a "school of government".

The ministry conducted a skills audit which revealed that many of the 2.2 million public servants were not able to do their job properly.