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Date: 11/9/2017

 Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) Award
The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is the first provincial education department to introduce the Online Admissions Application System for planning and monitoring admissions processes in South Africa.
This  Online System won the 2017 Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) Award for the Innovative Enhancements of Internal Systems of Government at an event held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre recently.
The awards were organised by the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI), an institution in the Public Service and Administration portfolio, mandated to develop innovative, sustainable and responsive models for improved service delivery.
Addressing the audience at the event, Public Service and Administration Minister, Faith Muthambi, indicated that the awards are indeed proof that public servants are creative.
“Our public servants are increasingly pushing boundaries to move beyond mediocrity and to find new, extra-ordinary ways of delivering services” she said.
The Director: Public Ordinary Schools (POS), Ms. Mmule Madonsela accepted the award with humility.
 “It was encouraging and motivating to realise that many public service staff have come with innovations that are changing the lives of those accessing services from government departments. The common factor was that most of the innovators started with no resources but persevered. We are very fortunate in Gauteng that modernisation and ICT are part of  already existing Strategic Pillars.  which encourages innovation.   Officials must find innovative ways of doing things differently with the limited resources that we have. Most innovators started with nothing but progressively saw the value in their projects and started funding them. It feels good to be recognised for the hard work that has gone into developing such an innovative project and I am proud of the team,” she said.
The Annual Public Sector Innovation Awards, now in the 15th year, aim to promote and encourage best practices in the public sector’s innovation and celebrate the successes of individuals, teams as well as departments for a more effective, efficient and accountable government. The Awards also serve as a tool for expanding innovation and encouraging others to transform for improved service delivery.


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