The public sector is the area within which politics is practised to its fullest extent.
The political party commanding the majority in the legislature determines priorities.
Political office bearers act as policy makers and overseers of the executive actions.
The appointed officials act as policy implementers and advisers to the political
structures. The relationship between the political office bearer and the senior cadre
of the executive institution is a critical factor in determining the success of a policy.
Should this interface be soured for some reason, the departmental functions could
be seriously impaired. The article examines the interface and identifies the need for
a sound relationship to ensure the effective implementation of policy.