Mr. George Simataa
Name: George Simataa
Personal: Born 21 February 1960, Katima Mulilo
Education: Masters Degree in Public Administration
BIODATA OF THE SECRETARY TO CABINET
George Simataa is a recipient of numerous awards including the Vice Chancellor’s Medal as the best student of Masters Studies in the Faculty of Economics and Management Science at the University of Namibia in 1998 and as the best non-final year student in the same faculty and university in 1990. In 1993, he was awarded UNDP Scholarship to study a three-month programme in Regional Development and Planning in Nagoya, Japan. He also participated and won an essay competition on “Individual Freedom and Liberties” sponsored by the American Cultural Centre in 1991.
A career civil servant, who joined the civil service December 1979 and rose to various senior clerical and managerial positions in the Government both before and after the Independence of Namibia. At independence he became Chief Control Officer at the then Ministry of Regional and Local Government, before he became Deputy Director of Elections in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as a Senior Special Assistant (Director) in the private office of the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, now President of the Republic. As Prime Minister’s Assistant, he was instrumental in steering the cause of good governance, transparency and accountability in the Civil Service of Namibia. Later he became Director of Human Resources Management, and then Under Secretary in the office of the Prime Minister. As Under Secretary for the Department Public Service Management in the Office of the Prime Minister the responsibilities included amongst others developing and implementing Government Human Resources Policies and advising the Prime Minister on Human Resource related matters.
George Simataa also worked for the Social Security Commission from 2005-2008 before re-joining the civil service as the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Works and Transport on 1 April 2008. He also served as a Permanent Secretary of the former Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare from 1 June 2012 until 24 March 2015 when he was appointed as Secretary to Cabinet.
Objectives for Secretary to Cabinet
- To ensure effective and timely initiation, formulation and adoption, implementation and evaluation of policies based on the principle of collective responsibility;
- To serve as effective and safe depository of Cabinet records, minutes and other documents;
- To promote efficiency and effectiveness in the entire Public Service;
- To promote ethics and good governance as well as efficient and effective Public Service delivery; and
- To promote sound policy co-ordination, analysis, monitoring and evaluation.
Functions for Secretary to Cabinet
- Cabinet as the executive organ of Government is responsible for the administration of the day-to-day affairs of Government,
- Cabinet spearheads policy-making by way of translating predetermined objectives into policy programmes,
- Cabinet is responsible for policy initiation, formulation adoption and execution based on the principles.
- Links: Department Cabinet Secretariat, Policy Analysis and Coordination