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CUT and PSC partner to address challenges in the public sector

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CUT and PSC partner to address challenges in the public sector

On 21 January 2020 the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) and the Public Service Commission (PSC), entered into an agreement and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a framework for collaboration between parties and improve public administration through knowledge sharing and capacitation, sharing of facilities and other resources related thereto.

Prof. Henk de Jager, Vice-Chancellor and Principal said that CUT is committed to enhancing the quality of the public services in the country. He also indicated that the MoU is aligned with the university’s vision of engaging with the community for mutually beneficial development. He indicated that the PSC has agreed to share their reports with CUT students in ensuring that there is practical relevance in research contributions.

He also mentioned that both parties have agreed that the MoU should at least include among others, joint research on publications, research activities and programmes with high impact and relevance, share best practices on governance, strengthen collaboration on community services, enhance visibility, relevance and impact of this partnership.

“We would certainly like to cement this MoU and enhance service delivery and governance for all of us. We believe that this partnership will be fruitful and benefit all citizens in this country. Let us take hands and ensure that we tackle the challenges we are faced with.”

Dr Henk Boshoff, Commissioner: Public Service Commission, said that the reality with the South African government and governance is a well-known factor and needs to be dealt with. “The intention of signing MoUs with universities across the country is to utilise the wealth of knowledge and expertise that our universities have to make a difference in service delivery and improve the lives of our people. We have excellent and empirical research documents on service delivery, governance issues, and good practices in management that we can share with you as a starting point to solving real-life concerns. We are looking forward to a massive collaboration and implementation of this MoU.”

In his closing remarks, Prof. Alfred Ngowi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement said the issue of service delivery in South Africa hardly needs to be emphasised. “There is no more critical issue than service delivery and governance because it cuts down to the vulnerable communities. The partnership with CUT and PSC is taking us to the 4th Industrial Revolution level where we take technology to solve these problems. As CUT, we believe that addressing community-based challenges is our duty and this agreement solidifies our vision as an engaged university. If we work alone, we can reach a little, but if we work with other sectors, we believe we can make a mark,” he said.

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Mr Sisa Mlisana, Acting Provincial Director: PSC, Dr Henk Boshoff, Commissioner: Public Service Commission, Prof. Henk de Jager, Vice-Chancellor and Principal and Prof. Alfred Ngowi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement ready to action the agreement. 

Uploaded: 22 January 2020
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