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The Constitution requires that all spheres of government work together and participate in the development of programmes to redress poverty, underdevelopment, marginalisation of people and communities, and other legacies of apartheid and discrimination.
It is clear that the implementation of the strategic agenda of government and national priorities requires an effective national government, as well as the smooth functioning and careful synchronisation of the three spheres of government.
The President is elected by Parliament immediately after a national election to form such a government. In turn, the government strategic agenda is derived from the electoral mandate of the ruling party. It is the implementation and achievement of this strategic agenda which then forms the substance and focus of The Presidency.
The Presidency, in ensuring that the President is able to exercise both his/her executive and head of state authority, plays a key role in the achievement of the above, and it is this task which then informs The Presidency’s mandate.
In this light: The Presidency exists to “ensure that the President is able to execute his/her constitutional obligation to promote unity and to do that which will enhance the Republic.”
As the apex institution in government, the aim of The Presidency is “to facilitate a common programme towards the achievement of the electoral mandate and the enhanced integrity of state - through considered planning, co-ordination, oversight, mobilisation and support to this end.”
Excellence in governance for a better life for all.
To realise the strategic agenda of government and the enhanced integrity of state by:
The government’s Batho Pele (‘People First’) initiative aims to get public servants to be service-orientated, to strive for excellence in service delivery, to commit to continuous service delivery improvement. As a way of delivering services and to place citizens at the centre of public service planning, the organisational culture that The Presidency strives for encompasses both the ethos of Batho Pele, as well as the ideals enunciated in the Constitution.
The Presidency further commits itself to the following specific value framework, in line with the President’s personal commitment:
In order to ensure enhanced service delivery to the people of South Africa, The Presidency will seek to strengthen its management and leadership capacity, to enable it: