Strengthening South Africa’s capacity to address sexual harassment in the public service News

28 September, 2022

Cowater International-managed Strengthening Ethics and Integrity in South Africa Project (SEIP), funded by Global Affairs Canada (High Commission of Canada in South Africa), aims to increase the accountability, efficiency and transparency of the South African public administration in delivering gender responsive services to the public. This is accomplished through the provision of technical assistance to support the South African Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) in the design and operationalization of a new specialized unit – the Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Discipline Management Technical Assistance Unit (PA-EID-TAU).

As part of SEIP, Cowater International is piloting initiatives with DPSA and PA-EID-TAU to address issues such as sextortion and sexual harassment in the public service.

During the South Africa Women’s month, SEIP organized a training session on sexual harassment in the workplace, with the participation of government officials from Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces. The objective of the training focused on raising awareness of harassment in the public service, reviewing applicable policies addressing harassment, and engaging participants on their roles and responsibilities in creating a safe and ethical public service environment.

The training session was led by Mrs. Fanani Manugu, Director, Transformation Unit, DPSA, and was attended by Mrs. Henriette Robson, Deputy Director-General, Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government, as well as Dr. Salomon Hoogenraad-Vermaak, Chief Director, PA-EID-TAU.

Photo caption: Olivier Roy (second row, left), Cowater International Project Director joined by the SEIP team and representatives of DPSA, PA-EID-TAU, Western Cape Government and Global Affairs Canada, Cape Town. 

Learn more about SEIP Project.

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