Spotlight News Masthead2

Monday, October 14, 2019
FOLLOW SPOTLIGHT NEWSPAPER
Find Spotlight Newspaper on Facebook Find Spotlight Newspaper on Twitter Find Spotlight Newspaper on Pinterest Spotlight Newspaper channel coming soon!
be enlightened, inspired and empowered...

Governance and Administration Cluster briefing outlining the progress made by the Government.

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba at the briefing highlighting progress made by the Government.

The briefing was to provide more detail on the

achievements of the government plans and was done in September which is recognized as Public Service Month. The month which seeks to instill and rebuild good ethics, morale and pride in public servants.

Celebrated in these two themes:
Moving South Africa Forward and Taking Public Service To The People.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela at the briefing lead by the Minister of Home Affairs in Pretoria.Government services were highlighted; celebrating commitment, dedication & excellence of public servants who go the extra mile in the delivery of public services. It has also been filled with activities that include a public – service indaba, service – delivery exhibitions, the deployment of senior managers to Thusong Services Centres and unannounced outreach visits to service-delivery points.

The government is mindful that improving the performance of the state will enable them to achieve the key objectives they set for themselves. Key targets in this regard include continuing the efforts to eradicate corruption and inefficiency in the Public Service and ensuring much tighter accountability coupled with firm consequences where there is a failure to deliver services to the South African Citizens.

The past months the administration have through the level of service delivery shown that this cluster is committed to building a caring, effective and responsive state that delivers as per expectations of the people. This achievement has contributed to the unprecedented progress made in the last 21 years of freedom o accelerated service delivery.

On the Department of Home Affairs:

Head of National School Of Government Prof Richard M Levin.In July 2015 the Department of Home Affairs launched a counter – corruption project known as Operation Bvisa Masina (in Tshivenda – meaning throw out the rod) which seeks to deal decisively with fraud and corruption and those found guilty of such offences. The Department reiterated that the twin evils of corruption and fraud will not be tolerated in Government and the Department will do all in their power to ensure that those found to be engaged in these acts face the full might of the law.

The Department confirmed that since the launch of Operation Bvisa Masina 26 people have been arrested for fraud and corruption offences. The Department also announced its intention to end the current Late Registration of Birth process and it will soon announce the new stringent measures of registering late births to enforce resolutions and early registrations within 30 days of birth. The Department of Home Affairs continues to undertake the awareness programmes in communities around the country aimed at highlighting the importance of early birth registration.

The mobile offices have been deployed in communities to aid the process of late registration of birth and ensure unregistered South Africans are included in the National Population Register (NPR) to ensure that the only entry to the NRP is through birth registration. Therefore all undocumented citizens without identity documents or birth certificates are called to apply for these documents in the meantime.  

       

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA)

COGTA has developed 50 ward-level services improvement plans in Mbizana & Aganang local municipalities in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo respectively. This brings the cumulative number to 98% ward-level service improvement plans developed against a total of 4 277 wards across all local and metropolitan municipalities in the country. The Department will continue to support the outstanding municipalities to develop and implement ward-level service improvement plans by March 2016.

The Department has also produced a national audit outcomes improvement plan focusing on all municipalities including those that are categorized as dysfunctional in terms of the B2B Programme. Work commenced to prepare for the 2014/2015 Annual Financial Statements (AFS) and audit files. A total of 167 municipalities have a plan of action to prepare and submit AFS and 158 municipalities have officials designated to manage the audit files.

Out of 198 senior managers appointed, 176 were compliant with the Municipal System Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000) and Regulations on Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Senior Managers. However 22 senior managers were in contravention of the prescripts. Members of the Executive Councils in the affected provinces have taken corrective measures e.g. in the Eastern Cape 4 appointments were found non-compliant and therefore the MEC directed the affected municipalities to re-advertise. In respect of the appointments of senior managers 238 out of 278 (86%) municipal managers and 231 out of 278 (83%) chief financial officers positions had been filled by June 2015.

With regards to the Local Government Management Improvement Model (LGMIM) moderation the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) completed 30 municipal score cards and conducted quality assurance on 30 municipal moderated score cards from six participating provinces. The DPME has commenced with the review of the LGMIM implementation guide and standards for the 2015/16 cycle, In the current financial year 36 municipalities enrolled for intake into the process.

COGTA has conducted consultations on the Draft Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) with stakeholders. As part of implementing the IUDF and the proposals identified in the Built Environment Performance Plan (BEPP’s) , metropolitan municipalities submitted their council-approved BEPP’s to National Treasury. The plans identified priority integration zones , which will be the focus for pursuing intergovernmental alignment. COGTA and National Treasury are engaging metros to discuss implementation plans and determine the support required for the integration zones.

The Community Work Programme (CWP) has been implemented in 175 municipalities with a total number of 194 CWP sites by the end of June 2015. As at June 2015 the total CWP participation rate was 182 945. The initiative to establish partnerships with public, private sector and civil organizations has been achieved.  Local Reference Committees have developed analyzed and approved 187 training plans for CWP municipalities. Two additional CWP sites have been established at Ekurhuleni Metro and Mokgophong Local Municipality respectively.

The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) continued to provide technical support to municipalities between April & September 2015. It has approximately 57 engineers and town planners providing support to 120 municipalities. These personnel have been providing technical support to municipalities with infrastructure planning, implementation, operation and / or maintenance of municipal infrastructure. It also has about 600 young graduates, apprentices and experiential learners allocated to municipalities.

Regarding the withholding of the equitable share tranche for March 2015, National Treasury met with 38 of the 59 municipalities received their full tranche of the Equitable Share.  Three municipalities received part of the Equitable Share tranche and two (Renosterbeg & Ngwathe) did not receive any funds. Of the total R2.08 billion equitable share withheld, R2.02 billion has been released; 48 out of 51 municipalities have signed Eskom agreements. As per the President’s Coordinating Council’s resolutions , National Treasury issued letters to all national departments owing municipalities while letters have been issued to provincial treasuries for provincial debt owed to municipalities.

Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA)

The DPSA has continued to undertake work to speed up procedures for the finalization of disciplinary cases within the prescribed period of 90 days. The established pool of labour relations specialists and legal experts have identified departments that require urgent intervention and are providing the necessary assistance to the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the departments of correctional services, health, basic education and home affairs.

The size and scope of these departments dictate that they would have a number of disciplinary challenges associated with the nature of their work.

Accordingly the reports provided by department for the fourth quarter of the financial year ended 31 March 2015, there were 1 239 cases in national departments , with 765 of these cases being finalized within 90 days, 64 of these were finalized outside of the 90 days and 410 cases still pending.

On Open Government Partnership (OGP) Cabinet recently welcomed the announcement that South Africa will take over as lead chair of the OGP. The OGP is a multilateral initiative to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Since the launch the government of South Africa has been an active member of the OGP Steering Committee and has played a key role in convening OGP – Africa regional events and discussion forums aimed at deepening good governance practices on the African continent. During its tenure as Lead chair South Africa undertakes to raise the political profile of the OGP to ensure participation and accountability at the level of Head of State. South Africa will also focus on mainstreaming the OGP in the international multilateral agenda at the United Nations General Assembly, the group of 20 and other platforms.

The Centre of Public Service Innovation (CPSI) has partnered with various sectors including health safety and security and education to deliver on Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) targets on the development of prototypes, innovative processes and models to address specified challenges as articulated in the National Development Plan (NDP)

On Education , the CPSI has facilitated the replication in the Eastern Cape of a CPSI Award Winning ELearning project and three schools have been converted into computer labs as part of phase one. When completed, under resourced schools will be linked to a well-resourced school in order to share Mathematics and Science lessons in real time.

On Health, the CPSI has facilitated the replication of the Kwazulu-Natal tele radiology model in Gauteng which entails sending radiology images electronically to specialists rather than sending the patient back and forth from one point to the next to collect X-rays. It saves printing, travel costs and time, it reduces risks associated with transporting critically injured patients. In order to assist health departments to save costs and improve energy efficiency the CPSI has developed an energy Efficiency Model for hospitals. A pilot project to test the model has been initiated at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Gauteng.

On Crime, the CPSI in partnership with SAPS and The Innovation Hub (TIH) is piloting a solution that reduces SAPS responses time to incidents of crime by linking a low cost household alarm system directly to sector-policing vehicles and the community policing forum.

40 gadgets were installed in 40 houses at Diepsloot (Johannesburg next to Fourways) just to test how they will work and then after a positive response by people involved 561 more gadgets were installed. The gadget is a button that you press when you suspect crime is occurring in your home – it reduces the SAPS response. It costs R800 – this amount is payable once off and the gadget uses electricity. There are negotiations with the government to subside this device so that every household can afford to get it installed in their homes.   

In support of efficient and effective management and operations system, the CPSI has launched the 2015 Public Sector Innovations Awards Programme to unearth public sector innovations for recognition and replication whilst growing the repository for sharing of innovative practices.

The National School of Government (NSG) has reached advanced stages in the development of a Trainer Capacity Development Programme leading towards the development of a trainer policy. In addition to this fact the NSG recruited 775 public servants from all provinces as facilitators for the Compulsory Induction Programme. This was planned in collaboration with the provincial academics to pilot the Lead Facilitation Development Programme with key provincial facilitators.

All provincial facilitators have also obtained Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority accreditation as moderators and assessors. Regarding the targeted assessment mechanism, the NSG developed a proposal for an assessment center, to develop and implement a diagnostic tool to identify and support appointment, promotion and development requirements in the workplace.

Since the launch of NSG in October 2013 the institution has been undertaking benchmark studies and reviewing the delivery model best suited to support the imperatives of the South African developmental state.

To this effect the NSG will implement the following pilot programmes:

  1. Compulsory Induction Programme for newly appointed senior managers at Director Chief Director levels. 
  2. Performance management and development system for the Public Service Sector.
  3. Government leadership platform designed to be integrative and focuses on the key priorities of Government (aligned to the 14 outcomes) and the leadership obligation of all managers in realizing national development goals.
  4. International exchange programme with the People’s Republic of China which involves education and learning at the China Academy of Governance. This follows Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s official visit to the People’s Republic of China in July 2015, which also included the visit to the China Academy of Governance.

The pilot programmes are intended a different and integrated approach to deliver of high volume education and learning opportunities to public servants.

Government Employee Medical Scheme (GEMS) has achieved 65% of its strategic indicators and is expected to achieve its targets of 90% of indicators completed by the end of the year.

At the end of August 2015, GEMS covers over 600 000 principal members and 1.7 million beneficiaries.

The scheme’s ageing clinical risk profile continued to increase with an average age of 30.04 in August 2014 increasing to 30.71 in August 2015 while the pensioner ratio worsened from 12.41% to 13.54% respectively. This worsening risk profile resulted in a chronic prevalence of 17.6% end of July 2015.

The scheme’s three year strategy indicates that it is gaining traction and membership continues to grow with over 47 000 applications processed by end of August 2015.

Department of Planning, Monitoring AND Evaluation (DPME)

The DMPE released Development Indicators 2014 on 20 September 2015.the indicators are clustered according to 10 themes, namely economic growth and transformation, employment , poverty and inequality; household and community assets; health, education, social cohesion , safety and security, international relations and good governance. Industry experts on the various subjects covered in this report attended the launch.

Cabinet adopted the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) for 2014-2019, South Africa’s first five-year building block towards the realization of the 2030 Vision in the New Democratic Party (NDP). Since the adoption of the MTSF 2014 – 2019 four quarterly progress reports on all the implementation of all the outcomes was produced, with the latest being reports for the first quarter of the 2015 / 2016 financial year.

To assist with fast-tracking delivery on some of the priorities encompassed in the NDP 2030, some interventions were implemented. The current initiatives to stimulate growth include government’s infrastructure Build Programme, the War Room on electricity, Operation Phakisa on the Ocean Economy and in Mining and the Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create jobs.

In addition other reports showing the success linked to the implementation of the MTSF include:


1. Education and Skills development tremendous progress made in the education sectors which continue to be a priority area of focus.

2. Rural development and land reform – progress on land acquisition for smallholders has been slow, but government implementation programmes are being reviewed and strengthened to resolve some of the issues.

3. Health – South Africa has received worldwide recognition for its HIV and AIDS programme which has over three million people initiated on treatment, contributing to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

4. Safety and Security – good progress is being made regarding the reduction of overall levels of serious crime. The department is implementing Operation Fiela Reclaim to rid our country of illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings and other illegal activities. This multidisciplinary interdepartmental operation is contributing to the safety and security of our communities.

In terms of the Presidential Hotline, progress has been made and there is an increase in the usage of the service. Many queries and complaints about the poor quality of service that people received from government have been addressed.

On youth development, youth unemployment remains the major challenge for South Africa as a country as is the world over. In this regard the DPME has partnered with other government departments and youth organizations, including the South Africa Youth Council and businesses to ensure that steps are taken to ensure that youth development is at the center of South Africa’s development.

In this regard President Jacob Zuma launched the Presidential Youth Working Group (PYWG) in June 2015 to promote youth participation in governance and policymaking and to mainstream youth development and empowerment in the work of government to build a better life for young people.         

In taking forward the work of the (PYWG) the DPME established the following work streams: Economic Participation, and Transformation Education; Skills and Second Chances, Health Care and Combating Substance Abuse; Nation-building and Social Cohesion and Effective and Responsive Youth Development Institutions. The plans of these work streams will form part of the integrated Youth Development Strategy and progress will also be included in the MTSF for proper monitoring and evaluation. The process to amend the National Youth Development Agency Act 2008 (Act 54 of 2008), is ongoing. A Draft Bill is currently with the Law Advisors.

    

The Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Malusi Gigaba touched a bit on the issue of China – that South Africans should not be worried about the new involvement with China – both countries will go in as equal partners and not blind folded. No one is asking favour from any but instead all two countries will be learning from each other.

He also highlighted that there are service delivery challenges including with Eskom and that it’s occurred because Eskom had to stretch itself too hard to accommodate new houses that were just built, clinics etc. as part of service delivery.


Ministers touched the issue of government departments owing their own municipalities – he said National Treasury is working together with COGTA and the issue is being dealt with because 4.8 billion debt for no particular reason is a lot of money and can be used to assist elsewhere. 

In conclusion Government will continue to give effect to its constitutional mandate and provide services to South Africans while also contributing to an efficient, effective and development orientated public service and an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship.

Spotlight Classifieds Icon

Spotlight Classified Banner

...the world under Spotlight News!

Copyright © 2016