South Africa will join the rest of the continent next week in commemorating Africa Public Service Day (APSD).
South Africa will mark the annual program with a series of week-long activities from June 20, 2022 to June 24, 2022, with a virtual launch as a precursor to local events to be hosted across the country by various government departments .
In a statement, the Department of Civil Service and Administration (DPSA) said that the main national event will be held on June 23, 2022 in Tzaneen, Limpopo in line with the APSD continental calendar.
This year’s continental celebrations will be held under the theme: “Rebuilding the State and Restoring Trust and Pride by Tackling the Challenges of Human Capital Development for Social and Economic Development”.
The focus of the continental theme is to dedicate the year to strengthening the fight against malnutrition in all its forms, building on the potential of its people while local events will zoom in on the other sub-themes in a South African context.
The fight against malnutrition – strengthening social protection systems/food security and creating healthy lifestyles;
Building public value and trust for active citizenship and social partnership;
Building resilience in public service administration.
Malnutrition in Africa is considered high compared to the rest of the world, at the same time, overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases linked to the quality of diets are increasing rapidly, worsening morbidity and mortality rates.
Malnutrition, through its negative effects on the development of human capital and its productivity, contributes to the delay in the economic and social development of African countries, with unacceptable human consequences on individuals, communities and African nations.
Human capital is essential for development because it leads to improved lives for individuals, higher incomes and improved incomes for countries.
In addition to the existing malnutrition problems, the global health crisis of COVID-19 has greatly exposed the economic vulnerability of African countries.
APSD is an annual event observed on June 23. It is a strategic program on the African Union (AU) calendar and part of the collaborative work of the Pan-African Ministers’ Program to improve governance and public administration across the continent.
The initiative stems from the declaration of the first Pan-African Conference of Ministers of Public/Civil Service held in Tangier, Morocco in 1994.
The Continental APSD event provides Member States with opportunities to benchmark and cross-pollinate ideas for improving service delivery, best practices and innovation in public service.
The APSD program will also be observed in various AU Member States.
(With contributions from the South African government press release)