The NFA was also signed by two major unions, the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union, and all parties stated that they are committed to creating a patriotic public service culture within the Department of Public Works (NDPW).
They also undertook to promote adherence to the rule of law, code of conduct and effective mechanisms to reverse and prevent corruption and maladministration.
“The issues of fraud and corruption are non-negotiable. If you carry on with fraud and corruption, we will expose you. The unions must help us to expose such people,” said Public Work’s Minister, Thulas Nxesi.
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This comes after investigators found that the department’s expenditures ran into billions of rands, leading to concerns of corruption and wastefulness within the government.
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The department stated that the NFA will address issues related to the rebuilding of the public works department, including their turnaround strategy and the migration of employees from the old structure to a new one.
The parties will also identify a comprehensive training and development programme to develop the competencies, skills and expertise of NDPW employees.
Nxesi also promises that there will be no job losses or privatisation of the department during the turnaround process.
“But we want re-train those who lack appropriate skills so that we professionalise the Department,” he added.
The PSA deputy general manager, Manie De Clerq,welcomed the joint signing of the agreement and supported the strong stance against corruption and fraud because the country could not afford these afflictions.
“We hope the implementation of the Turnaround Strategy will create a better public service and country for all,” he said.