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We all have a role…
One of the objectives of the South African National Development Plan is to build a capable and developmental state. To achieve the objectives of a capable and developmental state, the country needs to, among others, professionalise the public service, upgrade skills, improve coordination and deploy a proactive approach to managing the intergovernmental systems ensuring a better fit between responsibility and capacity, these are the prescriptions of the National Development Plan.

The IFMS is one of the tools chosen by the South African Cabinet to assist the Public Service in managing its human and financial resources. It is therefore important for all relevant stakeholders to participate in the development and implementation of the IFMS in order to contribute to the Public Service's endeavour to be more effective and efficient.

The Programme has entered a crucial point of implementation known as the Elaboration Phase, where a generic template for the entire Public Service back-office functions will be developed. This requires a lot of support, commitment, and buy-in from various stakeholders.

The dynamic nature of this Programme requires a collaborative effort – one where all stakeholders play a role. Stakeholders with different interests and influence levels are vital in the success of such a programme. When implementation commences in the various departments the opportunity to participate will be greater. The different stakeholders and their level of participation are listed below:

  • As a person who will be interacting with the system (end-user) - one can participate in all IFMS training initiatives and adopt the solution with an open mind
  • As an individual who has been nominated to assist in managing the change that comes with the implementation of the IFMS (Change Agent/Champion) - one can drive and promote the IFMS benefits within the organization
  • As a public service employee that manages business processes - one can ensure that they have well documented business processes that will assist in the creation of a common template during the Conference Room Pilot sessions and assist in facilitating the adoption of the IFMS processes
  • As an executive in the Corporate Services of a department in the public service - one can provide strategic direction, avail resources to participate in the implementation processes and engender trust in the Programme
  • As an individual who is responsible for Policy in the public service - one can play an influential role in a committee such as the Business Owner’s Committee (BOC) where they will be able to assist in reviewing relevant policies in line with the IFMS solution
  • As a Chief Information Officer - one can ensure the availability of necessary infrastructure for the IFMS to be implemented
  • As an IFMS Programme manager - one can uphold the Batho Pele values and those of the IFMS which are sustainability, ethics and stakeholder centricity, in their operations of the Programme
  • As a service provider to the Programme - one can commit your best resources to render timeous and quality services should they be appointed to deliver services to the Programme
  • As a member of civil society and the media, one can hold the Public Service accountable for the delivery of the IFMS solution in a manner that upholds the values aspired to and also highlight the good the IFMS promises to bring
The IFMS team is getting ready to conduct training in preparation for the generic template and will be sure to keep you posted on developments

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