The Programme is responsible for the overall management of the Department and providing centralised strategic and administrative support, and an essential strategic partner in the Department's governance, administration and programme delivery.


Strategic objectives

  • To provide a seamless service to all customers to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery.
  • To make the DST an employer of choice and retain appropriately trained personnel.
  • To provide information technology services.
  • To build a favourable working environment through effective security and facilities management.
  • To provide financial and procurement services.
  • To provide legal services.



1. Finance ensures effective, efficient and economic utilisation of financial resources in line with financial prescripts through the development and implementation of financial systems, policies, frameworks and procedures.

2. Human Resources helps the Department to –

  • provide a professional service through accurate, consistent and best  employment practices in all its activities, which are aimed at supporting the achievement of the DST's strategic and operational objectives;
  • attract and retain employees who share the organisational vision;
  • champion site2016 and transition, with a view to becoming a catalyst in the process of influencing and enabling the transition of people and the organisation to embrace and implement site2016;
  • set standards of performance and manage against them;
  • promote a personal and career development environment for all employees so that they can reach their potential and therefore contribute fully to the achievement of the strategic objectives and instill a culture of service excellence.

3. Legal Services is responsible for providing legal services to the Department in order to ensure that the interests of the Department are protected against any legal risk.  The chief directorate further provides leadership on all legal matters by having an effective approach to resolving matters that have the potential to give rise to conflict or legal challenges.

4.  Information Systems and Knowledge Management is responsible for –

  • supporting the Department's strategic plan and individual units' objectives successfully through the effective use of information technology;
  • developing and administering knowledge and records management strategies, procedures and protocols.

5. Auxiliary Services, which includes Security Services and Facilities Management, is responsible for the maintenance of the Department's premises and security within these premises.