The APSD has become an important strategic event on the African Union (AU) calendar which emanated from the decision of the first Conference of African Ministers for Civil/Public Service (CAMPS) in their meeting held at Tangiers, Algeria. The meeting proclaimed June 23rd as the APSD.
This decision was later endorsed by the African Union Heads of State and Governments. Top of the APSD agenda event is to mark and appreciate the work being done by the public service and to recognize their positive contribution to the socio-economic development of the continent.
This year of 2016, the Provincial Government of the Free State Celebrated the African Public Service Day here at Setsoto Local Municipality. The celebration was devided into two activities.
On day one the 22nd of June 2016 Public Servants embarked on cleaning campaign at different Health Service Points namely Phomolong Clinic, Masebabatso Clinic, Meqheleng Clinic and Phutholoha Hospital.
The day’s activity included cleaning , data capturing, dispensing of medication and registrations of patients.
On day two the 23rd of June 2016, a think-tank Roundtable engagement and Conversation on the theme and sub-themes in advancing the different aspirations of Agenda 2063, the African Charter and Sustainable Development Goals on Gender Mainstreaming was held at Mapenyadira Hall. The day’s activity included different government departments rendering services to the community. The departments amongst others included HomeAffairs, Human Settlement, Health, Rural Development and Land Reform etc..
APSD serves as a platform for African public service to interact, showcase and reward good initiatives and achievements nationally and across the continent. It further provides an invaluable opportunity for public servants to promote values such as professionalism, accountability, responsiveness, ethics and performance in the delivery of public service.
The common theme for the National and Continental APSD celebration is:
“The Role of Public Services in Women Empowerment, Innovation and Accessible Service Delivery”
The Africa Public Service Day Sub-Themes are:
Innovation in Public Service performance towards accessible and effective service delivery
Public Service Women empowerment towards achievement of African agenda 2063 in the context of service delivery
Accessible Public Service towards Effective, Efficient and Sustainable service delivery.
The targeted sectors for the build-up activities for the APSD include Education, Health, Human Settlement sectors and Thusong Centres.