03 September 2020


September is Public Service Month in South Africa. Public Service Month serves as a reminder of what it is to serve and offers us an opportunity to reflect on our services, their impact, and how the work of government is changing the lives of communities. The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW) pays tribute to the country’s servants who remain true to their calling despite an all-time low in morale.


It is disappointing that the government is not honouring the implementation of the 2020/21-leg of the Public Service wage agreement that would have resulted in only meagre increases for its employees. Sadly, the noble ideals of Batho Pele don’t always shine through. In recent months’ public servants across the country have risen to protest poor delivery of basic services, proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and danger allowance while a number have lost their lives in these new struggles. At the same time, the same government is pushing to exploit its employees’ pension fund to fund ongoing maladministration and corruption in state-owned entities (SEO).


The corruption, maladministration and disorganised governance have much to do with the low levels of service delivery and failure to implement the last leg of the Public Service wage agreement. The corruption crisis in South Africa has oppressed the poor and their rights.


NUPSAW is in view that this month is about promoting a culture of pride and ethics in the sector while delivering services to the public. A lot of our public servants are facing various concerns in terms of job security and their pension funds’ investments while still wait for increases.


NUPSAW recommits itself to belong, to care and to serve the people within the Public Service.




For more information:

Kagiso Makoe

NUPSAW Media Officer

083 712 1614