Batho Pele: People First
- Representivity and affirmative action
- Human resource development and training
- Employment conditions and labour relations
- Rationalisation and restructuring
- Transforming service delivery
- Information technology
- Promoting a professional service ethos
- Institution-building and management, and
- Democratising the State.
Batho Pele Principles:
Consultation: Citizens should be consulted about the level and quality
of the public services they receive and, wherever possible, should be given a
choice about the services that are offered.
Service Standards: Citizens should be told what level and quality of
public services they will receive so that they are aware of what to expect.
Access: All citizens should have equal access to the services to which
they are entitled.
Courtesy: Citizens should be treated with courtesy
Information: Citizens should be given full, accurate information about
the public services they are entitled to receive.
transparency: Citizens should be told how national and provincial
departments are run, how much they cost, and who is in charge.
Redress: If the promised standard of service is not delivered,
citizens should be offered an apology, a full explanation and a speedy and
effective remedy; and when the complaints are made, citizens should receive a
sympathetic, positive response.
Value for Money: Public services should be provided economically and
efficiently in order to give citizens the best possible value for money.
Encouraging Innovation and Rewarding Excellence: Innovation can be new
ways of providing better service, cutting costs, improving conditions,
streamlining and generally making changes which tie in with the spirit of Batho
Pele. It is also about rewarding the staff who “go the extra mile” in making it
Customer Impact: Impact means looking at the benefits we have provided
for our customers both internal and external – it’s how the nine principles link
together to show how we have improved our overall service delivery and customer
satisfaction. It is also about making sure that all our customers are aware of
and exercising their rights in terms of the Batho Pele principles.
Leadership and Strategic Direction:
Good leadership is one of the most critical ingredients for successful
organisations. Organisations who do well in serving their customers
can demonstrate that they have leaders who lead by example, who set the
vision, and ensure that the strategy for achieving the vision is owned by
all and properly deployed throughout the organisation. They take and
active role in the organisation's success.