JOHANNESBURG – The South African national government machinery is in a constant state of change. After the May 2014 national elections, 49 pieces of legislation were transferred from one department to another.
The question is whether the reorganisation of the legislation delivered value for money as the costs are far from negligible and reorganisations inevitably involve disruption and a loss in service delivery.
A more deliberate and carefully planned process makes sense before such costs are incurred.
The 2014 reorganisation included the establishment of the National Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, now called the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.
This move resulted in the Department of Public Services and Administration (DPSA) being deprived of “its tool of trade”, the State Information and Technology Agency (Sita).