Document Type Doctoral Thesis Author Fisher, Hilton firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-06192006-154208 Document Title An assessment of the state of e-government in South Africa - the case of the Government Employees Pension Fund Degree PhD (Public Affairs) Department Public Management and Administration Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Prof J O Kuye Co-Supervisor Prof N L Roux Co-Supervisor Prof P A Brynard Supervisor Keywords
- information and communications technology
- customer relationship management
- systems integration
- information security and risk
- workflow (document management)
- digital divide
Date 2005-08-01 Availability unrestricted AbstractE-government, electronic Public Administration, has led to streamlined work processes within and between government departments. As theories of administration and management seek to improve processes, electronic administration seeks to improve electronic processes in an effort to provide efficient services. The unique contribution of this study on Public Administration and the related e-government initiatives of the Government Employees Pension Fund is that none of this research has been documented before.
Whilst e-government is not new, its application to the Government Employees Pension Fund is novel. E-government espouses integrated partnerships between governments and e-citizens by creating an understanding of electronic relationships between and within organisations. The thesis considers electronic Public Administrative service delivery in the Government Employees Pension Fund as it relates to civil pensions administration.
Successful e-government needs a critical mass of users that is central to ensuring its sustainable and successful utilisation. If a critical mass of users is not ensured then e-government initiatives will not be successful. Attempts by the Government Employees Pension Fund to develop a customer relationship management approach are assessed. Sustainable and successful e-service delivery is about providing multi-nodal access to clients. An interactive web site, amongst others, will allow clients to access services remotely.
Seamless government is developed around customers’ needs and is outward looking since it provides a single access point for all services offered by government. Gaining access to information and communications technologies is a challenge that many face, hence the digital divide is a stymieing factor in providing seamless, successful e-government services.
Not all e-government initiatives are successful. Information and communications technology initiatives are not always implemented according to planned timelines and budgets. The case of the Government Employees Pension Fund proved to be no different given that not all the e-government initiatives embarked upon were successful.
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