Public service charter: ‘make it real’

first_img A Batho Pele call center number – 0860 428 392 – has been launched to get public feedback on the implementation of the charter. Last month, all trade unions represented in the Public Service Coordination Bargaining Council signed the charter and committed to take the lead in its implementation. On Wednesday, Sisulu said the charter would be internalised in government so that all officials came to know and understand the expectations of the people. “During the drafting of the charter, we asked our people to comment and give suggestions on how we can improve service delivery, and they said public servants must be on time and work daily to resolve their problems. That’s all they are asking for – a public service that meets their expectations.” She said the charter was binding to all public servants, including those in local government. In her budget vote speech earlier this year, Sisulu told MPs that the service charter represented “a social contract between ourselves, public sector unions and citizens – the main beneficiaries of services delivered by the state”. During last month’s launch of the charter, Sisulu committed the government to creating the working conditions that would enable public servants to meet the requirements of the charter. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter Serve the public in an unbiased, impartial manner;Provide timely services;Respect and protect each person’s dignity and rights as contained in the Constitution;Not engage in any action or transaction that conflicts with or infringes on the execution of their duties;Act against fraud, corruption, nepotism and maladministration; andDemonstrate professionalism, competency and transparency in the performance of their duties. 12 September 2013 Parliament has called on the government and labour to ensure that the recently launched Public Service Charter is fully implemented, and that South Africans are empowered to know their rights and report bad service. During a briefing by Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in Cape Town on Wednesday, members of the portfolio committee on public service and administration urged the minister, along with public service unions, to ensure that the charter’s vision became a reality. “We are all aware of the challenges facing our people,” said the acting chairperson of the committee, Eric Nyekembe. “We hope this charter will introduce a chapter where government and labour will work together to improve service delivery. “This charter must empower our people to report and complain when they are faced with bad service.” The charter, which all public servants will be expected to sign, seeks to ensure an effective, efficient and responsive public service by committing public servants to:last_img read more

Amazon wants your company’s data by the truckload… literally

first_imgIn the race to win clients in the highly competitive cloud computing market, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has taken to transporting client data in high-tech tractor trailers.AWS recently introduced its data-on-wheels platform with the appropriate yuletide moniker of Snowmobile.ZDNet covered the recent launch of the data truck by AWS CEO Andy Jassy. He hailed the mobile data storage vehicle as an innovation that solves data transport challenges which remains a key obstacle to moving largescale workloads to the cloud.See also: Amazon unveils Greengrass for IoT developersSpecifically, migrating massive data sets in the petabyte range to the hybrid cloud remains problematic and a huge bandwidth hog.Enter Snowmobile, a secure tractor trailer that can store up to 100 petabytes (PB) of data at time. Moving information via the truck can allow exabytes of data to migrate to AWS over a few weeks. For those unfamiliar with mind-numbingly large units of data, an exabyte equals one thousand petabytes.And the company also announced a new storage appliance called Snowball Edge. ZDNet’s Larry Dignan believes this technology will up AWS’ game in the Internet of Things (IoT) space.“What makes this interesting is that AWS’ Jassy also redefined on-premise infrastructure,” said Dignan. “Forget servers and datacenters. On-prem infrastructure will really be your sensors and things in the field that are connected.”“Naturally, AWS wants to be in that IoT mix,” he adds.Amazon also going growing GreengrassAnd to further its IoT offering, AWS also released Greengrass, which is a system that relieves remote devices and sensors of computing workloads. This is done by allowing for local messaging, data caching and computation.The expanded offerings of AWS come as cloud computing and IT infrastructure are proving to be especially potent drivers of IoT revenues. This stems from vendors’ expanded role in helping companies cope with ever increasing rivers of data being pumped out by proliferating IoT devices.A report from earlier this year shows healthy revenues for 21 benchmarked IoT companies with quarterly revenue growing by almost 15% to levels approaching $7 billion. Tags:#Amazon cloud#Amazon Web Services#AWS#Big Data#cloud computing#data and security#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Donal Power Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more