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Strategic Support and Governance

Objectives and key functions of the SS&G unit

The SS&G unit encompasses the functions of strategic planning, and performance monitoring, evaluation, and reporting, as well as communications and media relations. These functions are carried out to contribute to the strategic objectives of positioning the Commission as the focal point for human rights in South Africa, advancing the realisation of human rights, and optimizing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Commission.
The objectives of the unit are to:
  • Ensure alignment of performance plans and implementation, with desired strategic goals and outcomes, through facilitation of strategic planning processes and development of plans
  • Promote and improve organizational performance through institutionalization of performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems and processes
  • Promote good corporate governance through monitoring and reporting on compliance with legislative prescripts and regulations
  • Establish good relations with the media to promote a positive image of the Commission
  • Communicate the work of the Commission to promote public awareness
  • Facilitate internal communication to ensure information sharing between units

Overview of past and current projects

The Strategic Support and Governance Unit is newly established, being the product of the organizational restructuring exercise that commenced in the financial year 2011/12, with its organogram completely filled between July and October 2012. Some of the key deliverables for the unit during this period include:

Past projects

  • The Back-to-Basics Framework and Project Plan aimed at ensuring that the Commission has the basic but critical operational policies, systems and procedures in place, following the organizational restructuring process
  • The Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) policy and procedures, as well as a manual to guide and institutionalize the relevant processes in this regard
  • Compliance with all legislative and regulatory requirements in terms of submission of performance information reports to Parliament and the National Treasury
  • Facilitation of the development and review of the Strategic Plan 2012 to 2015 and the Annual Performance Plan (APP) 2012/13, a process that resulted in the Adjusted 2012/13 APP

Current projects

  • SS&G is currently in the process of drafting the 2013/14 Annual Performance Plan, as well as revision and development of the Strategic Plan 2013 to 2016
  • The unit is also introducing a component of evaluative reports to assess the achievement of outcomes and potential impact made by the Commission’s activities with respect to the realisation of strategic objectives. This process entails production of midyear and annual performance assessment reports
  • Before the end of the 2012/13 financial year,  the unit will be develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Plan to institutionalize a proper system and guide all related processes


Siyasanga Thulani Giyose
Head: Strategic Support and Governance

Siyasanga Thulani Giyose joined the Commission in July 2012. His educational background is in the social sciences and development management, having studied at the Universities of Cape Town and the Witwatersrand. He has over 15 years working experience, spanning the fields of socio-economic research, strategic planning, and performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting. He has worked in non-governmental organizations and the public sectors, particularly local and provincial governments in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.


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