Office of the Chief Secretary to Government

Office of the Chief Secretary to Government

The Prime Minister & National Executive Council Act 2002 also provides for the the appointment of the Chief Secretary to Government and his or her powers, the establishment of the Office of the Chief Secretary to Government and its function.

The functions of the Chief Secretary to Government are
(a) to be the principal adviser to the Prime Minister and to the National Executive Council; and
(b) to co-ordinate policies and initiatives of the National Executive Council; and
(c) to ensure that decisions, directions and policies of the National Executive Council are implemented by the National Public Service and by public bodies; and
(d) to ensure that the National Public Service and public bodies perform effectively and are accountable to the National Executive Council and to the Parliament; and
(e) to oversee public sector reform; and
(f) such other functions as are determined by the National Executive Council, or any other law.

The Powers of the Chief Secretary to Government

The Chief Secretary to Government may at any time, for the purpose of the performance of his functions under this Act or any other law –
(a) enter premises occupied or used by –
(i) a Department; or
(ii) a Provincial Government; or
(iii) a public body; and
(b) question a person who appears likely to have information relevant to the functions of the Chief Secretary to Government; and
(c) require any person to provide information relative to the functions of the Chief Secretary to Government; and
(d) require any person to produce documents within his possession or subject to his control where such documents are relevant to the functions of the Chief Secretary to Government; and
(e) make and retain copies of any document produced under Paragraph (d); and
(f) issue direction relative to his functions to a Departmental Head and to the head of a public body.
(2) All Departmental Heads, heads of public bodies and officers of the National Public Service and of public bodies shall –
(a) co-operate with the Chief Secretary to Government in the performance of his functions and the exercise of his powers under this Act.

Six main functions of the Office of Chief Secretary to Government are:


1. Provide Strategic Policy advice to the Prime Minister, the National Executive Council and National Security Council;
2. Coordinate policies and initiatives of the National Executive Council;
3. Ensure the decisions, directions and policies of the NEC and NSC are coordinated through CACC and NSAC to ensure implementation by the National Public Service and by public bodies such as SOEs and Government Statutory Authorities;
4. Ensure that the National Public Service and Public Bodies perform effectively and are accountable to Parliament;
5. Oversee implementation of public sector and constitutional reform in line with intentions of Vision 2050 and;
6. Execute other functions as determined by the PMNEC Act 2002 or any other law including the PFMA and PSMA.