The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) aims to provide effective shareholder management of state-owned companies (SOCs) that report to the Department and support and promote economic efficiency and competitiveness for a better life for all South Africans. The SOCs are strategic instruments of industrial policy and core players in the New Growth Path (NGP). The Department aims to provide decisive strategic direction to the SOCs so that their businesses are aligned with the national growth strategies arising out of the NGP. It will do this by ensuring that their planning and performance, investments and activities are in line with government's Medium-Term Strategic Framework and the Minister's Service Delivery Agreement.
Youth development programmes organised by the DPE
The Graduate Development Programme targets full-time students who are still pursuing their studies at universities. The scholarship is for studies at honours or masters level in areas covering scarce and critical skills relevant to the department. At the end of the their full-time studies, these students are offered a two-year employment contracts as a way of paying back the department. After the two years of serve-back, some of these graduates are absorbed, depending on the need and availability of vacant posts.