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
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,”
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