Globalisation is an accepted phenomenon in most if not all, states in the contemporary world. States are influenced by their membership of international bodies, e.q. the United Nations, the
International Labour Organisation and the World Health Organization. They are also required to comply with the standards set by various supranational structures, e.g. the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. However, little attention is paid to the administrative effects of these requirements on individual governmental structures. This article introduces the
issue by considering the capacity of a state, such as the Republic of South Africa, to formulate and implement policies, develop the required organisational structures, acquire and assign sufficient human resources and budget adequate funds to give effect to its international commitments.