October 2016 Edition - Measuring Productivity in the Public Service
The constitution of South Africa sets out the different roles for the three spheres of government in economic growth and development. Generally, national government makes policy and provides funds, research and other support for local economic development; national and provincial government provide support for local government in developing local economic strategies; and local government develops and implements local economic development strategies with the aim of promoting social and economic development in a sustainable and participatory manner.
Local government is positioned at the interface with the end users and stakeholders, who rely on local government to consolidate all services and deliver a sustainable comprehensive package. The issue of service delivery in the public sector has been dominating debates in all spheres of government in South Africa.