Protocol & Etiquette Continuous Development Programme Workshop

“Engaging with government and high profile delegates will always be easier if you know how government is structured and how it operates and functions. Business and government are two sides of the same coin, since a nation will not function if one of these entities is not taking the role seriously and passionately. ‘Government relations’ is more than just dining and wining politicians and public-sector officials.” said Victor Sibeko – PRISA Chief Executive Officer and Workshop Facilitator in his welcome and opening of the workshop.

PRISA hosted the last two-day intense workshop for 2018 facilitated by Victor Sibeko. This programme is targeted at public relations professionals who want to obtain a practical understanding of government relations. Most importantly facilitating either hosting VVIP guests or being hosted elsewhere.

In South Africa, the constitutional and legislative framework is anchored in public participation. This is typically the case in all three spheres of government namely National, Provincial and Local.

Protocol is an important part of diplomatic practice linked with history, royalty, religion, culture and language. Protocol involves etiquette on a local and international scale, and the practice of good manners on a daily basis.

Today it is particularly important because Protocol and etiquette does not only cover the ceremonial rules that are followed during official functions and how to behave on these special occasions, but it also provides a set of established rules of courteousness that are to be respected in society.

The Thulamela Municipality delegates were introduced to the ceremonial aspect of protocol procedures, behavior of etiquette, rules of courteousness and respect for the order of precedence.

I am most humbled, delighted and certain this workshop assisted the Thulamela Municipality master the basics of Protocol and Etiquette and gave them a better understanding of multicultural manners.