Centre for Public Sector Innovation 14th Annual CPSI Public Sector Innovation Awards 2016

The Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) held the 14th annual public sector awards ceremony at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni on Friday, 28 October 2016.

In his keynote address, Minister for Public Service and Administration, Adv. Ngoako Ramatlhodi said the awards were a demonstration of the efforts driven by empathy in the frustrations of citizens and colleagues who experience slow delivery of government services.

“We are extremely proud of the exceptional work of these champions of public sector innovation,” said Minister Ramatlhodi.

The annual Public Sector Innovation Awards promote and encourage best practices in public sector innovation and celebrate the successes of individuals and teams at all spheres of government. The programme also serves as a tool for expanding innovation and encouraging others to innovate for improved service delivery.

The awards ceremony is a platform used to recognise and award all the exceptional innovative projects entered for this year’s edition of the awards programme.

While conferring the innovation awards, Minister Ramatlhodi, emphasised the need by public servants to critically support government’s National Development Plan which makes a rallying call for all to jointly and creatively rethink of a public sector that is solution-focused through innovation and is at the heart of government’s commitment to build a development-oriented Public Sector.

“We all need to heed the call to overhaul our national and international public institutions by creatively redesigning these to meet our citizens’ needs and deliver on the national and global developmental agenda.  As the NDP advocates, innovation should start to become pervasive across state, business and social sectors”, said the Minister.

The CPSI Executive Director, Ms Thuli Radebe in her remarks said “Minister it is a pleasure to present to you today a special cadre of public officials”. She said being creative and innovative goes with selflessness and this is the characteristic of the finalists for this year’s awards. People humble enough to care for our citizens and refusing to wallow in the comfort of familiarity and sameness when these leave the citizens unfulfilled in terms of services due to them. “They are restless and they keep exploring new, simpler, quicker ways to reach the citizens and as one of the colleagues said yesterday they are serial innovators’, said Ms Radebe.

Ms Radebe said beyond the award ceremony, a select number of innovative solutions from all the submitted projects will be replicated in other areas where similar challenges are experienced. “This is, in itself, a cost-saving measure as it prevents reinvention of the wheel.

PROJECTS WERE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:

Public Sector Innovator of the Year Award

  • WINNER: Revenue Enhancement Strategy, Limpopo Provincial Treasury

Innovative Solutions Reducing the Cost of Service Delivery

  • WINNER: Saving Lives, Saving Blood, Edendale Hospital, Dept of Health KZN

Innovative Use of ICT’s for Effective Service Delivery

  • WINNER: RAF EQMS, Road Accident Fund

Innovative Service Delivery Institutions

  • WINNER: Contractor Development, Free State department of Police, Roads and Transport

Innovative Enhancements of Internal Systems of Government

  • WINNER: Revenue Enhancement Strategy, Limpopo Provincial Treasury

Projects Recognised Under the Ministerial Awards Include

  1. Ngwanamago Primary School – Limpopo
  2. Department of Education – Gauteng

GEMS Health Sector Innovation Award

This year, the CPSI introduced the GEMS Health Sector Innovation Award which is sponsored and was conferred by the Government Employee Medical Scheme (GEMS).

The award was conferred to Saving Lives, Saving Blood Project in Edendale Hospital.

The Public Sector Innovation Awards Ceremony is a platform used to recognise and award all the exceptional innovative projects entered for this year’s edition of the awards programme. The CPSI acknowledged and thanked the 2016 partners for the Awards Programme and the partners are MTN Business, Capitec Bank, Eskom and GEMS honour this years’ winners.

The annual Public Sector Innovation Awards promote and encourage best practices in public sector innovation and celebrate the successes of individuals and teams at all spheres of government. The programme also serves as a tool for expanding innovation and encouraging others to innovate for improved service delivery.

The awards programme further serves as an important conduit for entry into the prestigious international awards programmes such as the All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards (AAPSIA) and the Africa Association for Public Administration Management (AAPAM) Awards.

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