Mpumalanga Cabinet members sign their performance pacts

2010-12-08 12:51

All but one Mpumalanga Cabinet member signed delivery and performance agreements with Premier David Mabuza today.

The signing ceremony follows similar agreements that President Jacob Zuma signed with ministers in September to ensure that they committed themselves to their duties.

Executive mayors of the province’s three districts – Ehlanzeni (Nelspruit), Nkangala (Middelburg) and Gert Sibande (Secunda) – also bound themselves to their agreements during the same ceremony at the Crocodile Valley Inn in Nelspruit.Mabuza said Department of Economic Development and Tourism MEC Norman Mokoena would sign his agreement at a later stage because the New Growth Path was still being “shaped up” and would be cascaded down to the provinces.

The New Growth Path, he said, sought to change and influence the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy.

“The agreements will be renewed annually, and it is very important that MECs and executive mayors implement them to the letter,” Mabuza said.

“As a province, we want to inculcate a culture of performance and results, and these agreements will be made public so that we’re held accountable by the people we serve.

“This process will involve many stakeholders, such as civil society and labour, so government representatives would be held accountable,” Mabuza added.He said his office had created a mechanism, the Monitoring and Performance Evaluation Programme, to police the departments.Mabuza said executive mayors signed because municipalities were part and parcel of provincial government’s work, and all provincial delivery plans had to reflect in their Integrated Development Plans.

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