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Public Service Act, 1994 (Act No. 103 of 1994)


Public Service Regulations, 2016

Chapter 2 : Conduct, Financial Disclosure, Anti-Corruption and Ethics Management

Part 1 : Code of Conduct

14. Performance of official duties


An employee shall—

(a) strive to achieve the objectives of his or her institution cost-effectively and in the interest of the public;
(b) be creative in thought and in the execution of his or her official duties, seek innovative ways to solve problems and enhance effectiveness and efficiency within the context of the law;
(c) be punctual in the execution of his or her official duties;
(d) execute his or her official duties in a professional and competent manner;
(e) co-operate fully with other employees to advance the interest of the public;
(f) be honest and accountable in dealing with public funds and use the State's property and other resources effectively, efficiently, and only for authorised official purposes;
(g) use the appropriate mechanisms to deal with his or her grievances or to direct representations;
(h) be committed to the optimal development, motivation and utilisation of employees reporting to him or her and the promotion of sound labour and interpersonal relations;
(i) avail himself or herself for training and development;
(j) promote sound, efficient, effective, transparent and accountable administration;
(k) give honest and impartial advice, based on all available relevant information , in the execution of his or her official duties;
(l) honour the confidentiality of official matters, documents and discussions;
(m) not release official information to the public unless he or she has the necessary approval;
(n) when on official duty, dress and behave in a manner that is befitting of a public service employee;
(o) not consume alcoholic beverages or any other non-medicinal substance with an intoxicating effect while on duty or shall not report for duty under such influence;
(p) not misrepresent himself or herself or use the name or position of any other employee or person to unduly or improperly influence any decision making process or obtain any undue benefit; and
(q) shall immediately report any non-compliance of the Act to the head of department.