The Cabinet has approved a new performance-management and development policy for heads of government departments in its bid to strengthen discipline. The measures, aimed at getting officials in the public service "in line", would be introduced in April 2018, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said. President Jacob Zuma signed the Public Administration Management Act in 2015, but government department and state entity officials have been slow to end their business interests with government suppliers or to declare business with the state. The performance-management and development system would hold heads of departments to higher accounting standards in terms of their performance as well as the ethics of their conduct outside their place of work, Kubayi-Ngubane said. "Cabinet approved measures to strengthen the management of discipline of public servants in relation to officials conducting business with organs of state," she said. "It gives effect to the public service re...

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