Cabinet ‘has done well, on balance’

2012-01-17 14:54

Cabinet feels it has done well “on balance”, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said at the start of a four-day lekgotla to assess achievements in the first half of their five-year term in Bela Bela, Limpopo.

President Jacob Zuma, his cabinet and provincial premiers have trekked to the Forever Resort for the lekgotla, which kicked off this afternoon.

There they are set to mull over what they have achieved in the first half of their term but they will also decide on government’s priorities for the next year, which will be contained in Zuma’s State of the Nation Address in Parliament on February 9.

Chabane told journalists at a short press conference that the lekgotla “will assess the state of government services as they were in 2009 and identify what we have committed ourselves as government to do”.

These services included safety, health, education, employment and land reform and rural development.

He said they would assess the figures and get experts to give their views on how government has performed.

Once the shortcomings had been identified, cabinet would look at ways to improve, he said.

Chabane said 2009 “sounds so distant now, because so much has happened in our country and the world since we all went to the polls nearly three years ago”.

He said cabinet felt it had done well “on balance”.

The lekgotla would go back to its promise of job creation made last year to assess to what extent this has been met, he said.

The deliberations would include assessing “the state of our economy in view of the continued global recession and will evaluate our response to and involvement in various international issues”.

Chabane said ministers would not be afraid of self-criticism.

“As the national executive we have an established tradition and practice of being ruthless in our introspection and self-cricitism of taking decisions that are in the best interests of all our people,” he said.

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