The changes that were brought by transformation and administrative reform
in South Africa challenged the black South Africans who were expected to
take over the new administration of the country to address the inequality
and imbalances caused by the apartheid government. These administrative changes
and challenges need knowledgeable and skilful public servants who will ensure
that global orders are well managed and proper administration and management
of the country are achieved.
In order for public servants to achieve proper implementation of the tasks that
are bestowed on them, it is important that they should possess skills and levels of
competency that will make it easier for them to cope with the challenges they are
facing. Thus skills development in the South African public service is extremely
important. The article will address the need for skills development in the South
African public service and further suggest solutions to solve skills shortage. It will
also highlight problems that the South African public service faces when trying to
address skills shortage.