Mandate and Core business

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:

  • Ensuring coherence in planning, co-ordination, policy development and implementation
  • Performance monitoring and evaluation to promote a culture of accountability across the spheres of government
  • Communicating progress against the priorities of government
  • Mobilising the nation towards a common vision


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:

  • Dedication – to be resolute, selfless, purposeful and steadfast in all we do.
  • Commitment – to persevere as we seek to fulfil our duties and responsibilities.
  • Discipline – to exercise self-control and to work with decorum.
  • Integrity – professionalism, a commitment to ethics, and focus on justice and fairness, accountability.
  • Passion - personal growth, energy, purpose.
  • Service Excellence - results orientation, cost effective, superior performance, customer satisfaction.

Strategic Objectives

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:

  • To enhance policy development, co-ordination and integrated strategic planning across all spheres of government;
  • To facilitate effective communication between The Presidency and its stakeholders;
  • To monitor and evaluate the implementation of government policies and programmes;
  • To promote nation building and social cohesion and a partnership with the people towards the collective achievement of a common identity and caring society;
  • To continue to facilitate initiatives for building a better Africa and a better world;
  • To ensure the effective and efficient management of The Presidency and its programmes.

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