South Africa has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic for well over four months now and a programme management office (PMO) has become the operating model used by many organisations to manage their responses.
As we transition from higher to lower levels of lockdown regulations, many government departments and entities are bracing for a full return to work. While organisations have used the lockdown to prepare, many will need to adjust their structures and processes to manage and deliver in a COVID-19 world for at least the next 18 months. While there is a focus on statutory reporting to adjust Annual Performance Plans (APP) and budgets to align to the national re-prioritisation of resources, there is also a need to closely manage the day-to-day developments of the Pandemic in a more adaptive and flexible manner.
Government institutions must focus on managing the response to the pandemic as well as the business of government. In this article we focus on the former, taking into account the nuances that will be required as different districts may follow different alert levels over the next few months and how that may inform institutions’ responses.