CESA Indaba: Professionalisation in the State and Private Sector

The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) held its annual Infrastructure Indaba on the 28th and 29th of September 2021. Naomi Naidoo, Director at Pink Africa Consulting Engineers and CESA Board Member was the Facilitator of Session 5, discussing Professionalisation in the State and Private Sector.

The session delved into the current state of affairs in South Africa’s Public sector. The National Development Plan recognises that South Africa needs to maintain and expand its electricity, water, transport and telecommunications infrastructure in order to support economic growth and social development goals in the medium and long term. However, many municipalities report infrastructure underspending each year and in addition, many municipalities face operational and financial challenges. The auditor generals report findings list several issues that point to the need for critical skills and technical capacity within the states employ to ensure proper management of state funds and efficient management within the various departments.

The Indaba session looked at possible solutions and identified opportunities where both private and public sectors can assist in attaining excellent service delivery and in so doing embrace professionalism and sustainability for the future.

Speakers included Dr Florencia Belvedere from the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) who unpacked the Government’s intent to professionalise public service and Dr Botshabelo Maja from the National School of Government (NSG) who presented “Professionalisation in the Public Sector” from the NSG’s perspective.

Listen to the full discussion at the CESA Webinar here: https://youtu.be/jmf2Gw90B24

The link to the presentations at the CESA Indaba is available to CESA member firms: https://www.cesa.co.za/blog/2021/09/30/cesa-infrastructure-indaba-day-2-highlights-complex-realities-of-professionalising-the-public-service/

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