Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe’s Address at SAMEA
eMonti, October 7, 2014, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Jeff Radebe, keynoted the Capacity Building Conference and Annual General Meeting of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association at the Regent Hotel.
”I would like to thank the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) and its partners for inviting me to this national conference which amongst others entails capacity building workshops, a national annual general meeting (AGM) and a symposium.’
President Jacob Zuma gave me the task of consolidating existing long-term planning and performance. The strength of the DPME will be enhanced through partnerships and cooperation of all stakeholders in government, the private sector and society at large.
I am delighted that this conference on ‘professionalising M&E for improved performance’ is organised as a partnership and collaboration between SAMEA, DPME, the Public Service Commission, the University of Fort Hare and the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results based at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The Twenty-Year Review Report provides evidence of progress made in the past twenty years, including outstanding problems to solve collectively as government, private sector and society at large.
“The economy has grown at 3.2 percent a year from 1994 to 2012, despite the global setback of the 2008 recession. Gross National Income per capita increased from R28 536 in 1994 to R37 423 in 2013. Some structural challenges are signified by high levels of inequality barricading against the participation of the majority people in the mainstream economy. It was precisely for this reason that the President instituted the Department responsible for SMME development and support.
As M&E practitioners you have a critical role to play in contributing towards the realisation of the NDP goals.
As government we view M&E as a very important management practice that, when applied correctly, will assist to accurately measure progress in implementing policies, provide evidence to help us solve the enduring societal challenges and enhance accountability for the resources entrusted to the state.
July 2014, Cabinet published the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), which is aimed at enabling government to monitor progress on the implementation of the NDP. The MTSF contains 14 priority outcomes.
We aim to achieve improved ‘quality of basic education’ by 2030, which comprises Early Childhood Development for children aged 0 to 4, and school education starting with Grade R at age 5 up to Grade 12 . One of our quality targets for 2019 is that 75% of learners in Grades 3, 6, and 9 – tested through the Annual National Assessment tool – should achieve above 50% in both literacy and numeracy, and the number of matriculants who qualify to access university should have increased to 250 000 in 2019 from 172 000 in 2013. Furthermore, there should be commensurate increase in the mathematics and physical science pass rates.
We are introducing an annual School Monitoring Survey, which will provide us with better quality data to monitor most of the basic education indicators.
With regards to our 9th priority outcome, we aim to achieve a ‘responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system’ by 2030.
By than South Africa should observe meaningful and measurable progress in reviving rural areas, and in creating more functionally integrated, balanced and vibrant urban settlements. New strategic reforms such as the Integrated Urban Development Framework and the revised National Framework for Local Economic Development are in advanced stages of development.
The NDP identified the Free Basic Services (FBS) Programme as one of the most critical social security services targeting poor and indigent households to improve the quality of life. Out of a total of 44 District Municipalities, the greatest number of households without water and sanitation that meet minimum standards reside in 27 districts and mining towns.
We call upon all municipalities to ensure that targets contained in the MTSF inform the development of their Integrated Development Plans… The NDP highlights the need for well-run and effectively coordinated state institutions with skilled public servants who are committed to the public good and capable of delivering high-quality service.
MTSF states that, I quote: “Supply chain management is a complex area that requires specialist skills and needs to be recognised as a strategic role. Significant attention will therefore be given to measures designed to professionalise supply chain management.
We owe it to the future generations to leave them with capable public and private sector institutions that are run by professionals who are committed, ethical, competent and empathetic to the needs of the people, ably supported by their communities of practice and professional bodies.
We wish you a successful AGM and capacity building workshops!
I thank you.