South African Directors-General are set to commit themselves to serve with Loyalty, Respect, Dignity and Integrity by Signing a Public Service Pledge in Magaliesberg on 1 December 2005

The Directors-General of South African Public Service departments will sign a Public Service Pledge as a sign of commitment to a high standard of professional ethics and integrity in the public service, at the Mount Grace Hotel in Magaliesburg, North West Province, on Thursday, 1 December 2005.

The signing of the Pledge comes at a time when several views, mostly negative, are raised about the status of professional ethics in the public service. The signing of the Pledge by Directors-General is seen as a commitment that they will ensure the inculcation of a culture of good ethical behaviour among public servants and reignite the passion to serve with pride and dignity in their respective departments.

The Public Service Pledge comes as a response to the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Strategyâ~®s (PSACS) call to promote professional ethics in the public service.

All media is invited to the signing of the Public Service Pledge.

The signing of the Pledge will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, 1 December 2005
Time: 10h30
Venue: Mount Grace, Magaliesburg

The signing session will follow the planning workshop of the Forum of South African Directors-General (FOSAD), which will also be held at the same venue.

Enquiries:
Roderick Davids
Office of Public Service Commission: Director Professional Ethics Research and Promotion
Cell: 082 782 3647

Humphrey Ramafoko
Office of Public Service Commission: Director Communication and Information Services
Cell: 082 782 1730

Brenda Nkosi
Presidency: Media Liaison Officer
Cell: 082 770 2369

Issued by: Public Service Commission (PSC)
29 November 2005

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