EC Premier Address SMS Leadership Conference
August 14, 2014, at the ICC East London; “This is the first Senior Management Services Leadership (SMS) conference that has ever been convened in the provincial administration.”
The National Planning Commission’s diagnostic report identified “uneven performance of the state” as one of nine challenges that the SA developmental state needs to attend to in order to address poverty and inequality by 2030.
“This conference needs to confront these challenges and find solutions than being comfortable with lamentations and dwelling on description of problems.”
The 20 Year Review Report acknowledges progress made in the public service. “The same report alludes to improvements of operational management” remaining elusive.
The 2007 Strategy and Tactics document elaborated on the character and attributes of the democratic developmental state.
“The common national agenda has been developed in the form of vision 2030 or the National Development Plan (NDP).” The NDP set 14 outcomes to be achieved in 2030, “these have been translated into the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF).”
Based on the MTSF, Delivery Agreements have been developed and signed by EXCO members on July 30, 2014. “I need to mention though that the process leading to the signing of the delivery agreements has not been a smooth one and has actually revealed serious weaknesses in the planning process of government,” including “lack of integration amongst departments both at planning and implementation level.
“Our approach to the implementation of the Provincial MTSF in this term is going to be underpinned by three principles”; Urgency in executing responsibilities, Accountability and Strengthening partnerships.
“The EXCO is quite impressed with the progress that the provincial departments and public entities have achieved” in the audit outcomes for the 2013/14 financial year. “The province boasts of all three coordinating departments receiving clean audit.”
Recently released MFMA report by Auditor-General identifies six risk areas requiring government’s attention. “The root causes for these risks are”; Slow political leadership response, Lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions, Key positions remaining vacant or officials lacking appropriate competencies.”
The AG also singled out municipalities for special interventions. These are: Alfred Nzo, OR Tambo, Emalahleni , Great Kei, Intsikayethu, Inxuba Yethemba , KSD, Koukamma, Kouga and Ngqushwa.
The risks and causal factors raised in municipalities are also experienced in a number of provincial departments and entities. “Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Treasury and OTP will have to work closely together to address these issues.”
OTP Technical Support Unit’s task “will have to be expanded beyond the five areas.”
On July 19, 2014, “the President launched Operation Phakisa in Durban. Operation Phakisa is a South African version of the Malaysian model called Big Fast Results.”
A multi stakeholder team has been working since July 8, 2014, and “will present the final and detailed implementation plans on August 15, 2014, to the national cabinet.” The model is going to be replicated in the health sector and other strategic government priorities.
“As we plan for 2015/16 and beyond, we shall have to draw lessons from this model for our provincial plans to be implementable, realisable and achievable.”