EO 377 – Phuti Teffo
DEPT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT & LAND REFORM
DEPUTY DIRECTOR: FRAUD PREVENTION & AWARENESS
Why did you attend the programme?
The public service has introduced the Public Sector Integrity Framework to deal with a compendium of ethical and good governance measures in order to align all measures regulating ethics and integrity in the public sector and also for managing integrity and promote ethical conduct in the public service. Our Department also need to comply with the framework by managing unethical conduct that can arise as a result of financial interest, gifts, and other benefits, post-employment and remunerative work outside the public service and also deal with ethical dilemmas.
How did it benefit you personally?
It has helped me to understand the Ethics Management holistically. I learnt to deal fairly (always be willing to discuss/consult/negotiate openly), professionally (respect the rights of other employees) and equitably (treat other employees as equals at all times) with other employees, irrespective of race, gender, ethic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political persuasion, conscience, belief, culture or language.
I also learnt to uphold the values of honesty, truthfulness, faithfulness and respectfulness.
How is it benefiting your company?
Our Department is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, transparency, and integrity, and accountability, anti-bribery and professional ethics.
As part of its commitment, the Department is in the process to train its 200 Senior Managers in Ethics Management in November 2014 through EthicsSA and there are also plans to conduct ethics risk assessment in the next financial year.