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Service - Leadership in Government - Issue 77

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September is a time of renewal. In this edition of Service, we look at what is about to be renewed, in the process of being renewed, and in need of renewal in South Africa.

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S editor’s note I am because we are September is a time of renewal. In this edition of Service, we look at what is about to be renewed, in the process of being renewed, and in need of renewal in South Africa. SALGA’s focus is on renewal as South Africa readies itself for the 5th term of a people-centred local government. Read about the deliberations involved in building a democratic nation on page 6. Service congratulates Cllr Thembi Nkadimeng for her appointment as the new Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA). Cllr Nkadimeng, SALGA’s outgoing President, was appointed as the deputy to Minister Dr Dlamini- Zuma by President Ramaphosa in August. We wish her all the best in her new role. The CSIR Energy Centre is the catalyst in making the nation’s transition towards a more sustainable energy system happen. The transition will ultimately lead to renewable energy being a primary source of our electricity supply. Service spoke to this team of trailblazers to find out more (page 15). A recent newspaper article reports that the looters are planning a renewed offensive on our country. This time the plan is to attack the SAPS and military force. I ask myself, is it not time to renew South Africa? To renew our attitudes, inbred beliefs and animosities? Where would we even begin constructing a masterplan of renewal for South Africa? We are facing a stagnant economy, poverty, pandemic and a myriad of ever-increasing problems. Minister Ebrahim Patel says on page 30: “Strengthening the economy in a society with significant legacy challenges and deep levels of inequality requires extraordinary measures. Growth requires deeper inclusion so that our base of enterprise is widened.” Our article on youth development (page 28) states that the pandemic may result in a lockdown generation, characterised by structurally higher youth poverty. Youth unemployment is one of South Africa’s most intractable challenges with an unemployment rate of almost 74% (including those who’ve given up looking for work). Dr Moyo, Minds Institute, deems it necessary to rekindle African solidarity to evolve perceptions of Africa within a global context: “Let us not perpetuate the lack of belief in self for our children through poor performance. Rather let us create the environment for pride and belief in self through setting high standards of service delivery by all those we put in positions of responsibility.” He says that it is important for us to understand that excellence by Africans in the African space is a critical component of imbuing the youth with confidence in themselves. We are losing competent human capital to other societies by not celebrating merit (page 22). Youth employment programmes are a crucial contribution in reducing social drift – when people become disconnected from positive social inclusion, which impacts mental health. Sivuka Youth, a youth-training company, considers it important to empower individuals to navigate their lives by first gaining a deeper understanding of who they are, which will in turn impact their communities (page 26). It is time for all South Africans to stop paying lip service. Let’s create an environment for pride and belief in self through setting high standards of service delivery by learning to serve ourselves and others equally, to replace our hostility and judgement of others with a spirit of community and camaraderie. Let’s rekindle African solidarity through one extraordinary measure: playing lip service – service with a smile. South Africans need understanding not vengeance, ubuntu not victimisation. Alexis Knipe Editor Excellence by Africans in the African space is a critical component of imbuing the youth with confidence in themselves. Editor: Alexis Knipe | Publishing director: Chris Whales | Managing director: Clive During | Online editor: Christoff Scholtz | Design: Simon Lewis Production: Aneeqah Solomon | Ad sales: Venesia Fowler, Tennyson Naidoo, Tahlia Wyngaard, Norman Robson and Vanessa Wallace Administration & accounts: Charlene Steynberg, Kathy Wootton | Distribution & circulation manager: Edward MacDonald | Printing: FA Print Service magazine is published by Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd | Company Registration No: 2004/004982/07 Directors: Clive During, Chris Whales | Physical address: 28 Main Road, Rondebosch 7700 | Postal: PO Box 292, Newlands 7701 Tel: +27 21 657 6200 | Email: info@gan.co.za | Website: www.gan.co.za No portion of this book may be reproduced without written consent of the copyright owner. The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Service magazine, nor the publisher, none of whom accept liability of any nature arising out of, or in connection with, the contents of this book. The publishers would like to express thanks to those who Support this publication by their submission of articles and with their advertising. All rights reserved. 2 | Service magazine

snippets S SERVE AND DELIVER EXXARO CREATES OPPORTUNITIES FOR SA FUTURE LEADERS Empowering the youth is vital to reducing the country’s unemployment crisis by bridging the skills gap, hence the significant investments in youth development through skills programmes, learnerships and internships. In 2020, Exxaro sponsored 411 engineering, 33 miner, 90 operator and 19 business administration learners as part of its formal engineering and mining learnership programme. Of these, 89% of learners were black, including 38% black female youth. To acquire practical experience in the industry, Exxaro also provides internships for recent graduates, equipping 110 interns with impactful workplace exposure and hands-on training in 2020. All the interns were black and 45% were black female youth. Exxaro remunerates its interns as an investment in the future of not only itself but the country. “So much has changed in our industry over the years and more young black people are attracted to a career in mining and engineering. And with digitalisation, the mining sector is about to get even more exciting and appealing for the youth,” explains Mxolisi Mgojo, CEO at Exxaro. 2021 MUNICIPAL SALARY AND WAGE NEGOTIATIONS SALGA filed dispute papers in July, in terms of Section 74 of the Labour Relations Act, following a stalemate during the last round of municipal wage negotiations in the Local Government Bargaining Council. The last round of negotiations ended abruptly on day one when the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) pronounced that it had no interest to continue with the negotiations and intended to declare a dispute and request for a strike certificate. The declaration of the deadlock by SAMWU followed various rounds of negotiations between the parties which culminated in the issuing of a Facilitator’s proposal. The proposal called for a 4% across the board salary increase, linked to a multi-year agreement – but was not accepted by any party. SALGA opted for Section 74 referral in terms of the Labour Relations Act. In August, SALGA acknowledged receipt of the Conciliator’s recommendations that advocated for a multi-year agreement and inflation-linked increases, as well as elements of containment measures in areas around employee costs in municipalities.

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