SA looks to Malaysia to fix NDP

2014-06-22 15:00

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The government is looking to Malaysia to speed up the implementation of its National Development Plan (NDP).

Addressing Parliament on Friday at the conclusion of the debate on his state of the nation address, President Jacob Zuma said government would adopt what is termed Operation Phakisa, which is based on Malaysia’s Big Fast Results initiative.

The Asian country uses the initiative to speed up the delivery of government services by breaking down major goals into smaller tasks.

Zuma said Operation Phakisa, which will be piloted by the departments of environmental affairs and health, would entail setting up delivery targets and reporting to the public on the progress that government is making.

The environmental affairs department will use it to hasten the start of the implementation of government’s NDPtargets of using the country’s marine resources to create one?million jobs by 2033 and tripling the ocean’s contribution to the economy to R177?billion.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said the untapped economic potential in the oceans included maritime transport and offshore oil and gas exploration.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said yesterday the government had adopted its approach to delivery from the Malaysians and Brazilians because their countries also used marine life.

She said her department, working with others like transport and mineral resources, had begun a study into how they could improve the potential of the ocean’s resources to boost the economy. One of the plans was to develop aquaculture on the Northern Cape coast to increase fishing stocks, she said.

Molewa said another plan was to create shipyards and local ships because South Africa did not have a single vessel despite its large coastline. “We are like delivery trucks, we load and go. Who is there [running the industry]?” she said.

Molewa said the government had not put up delivery targets yet because participants in the “labs”, to be conducted over the next few weeks, would set targets and decide how the industry should be built.

Zuma is expected to launch the pilot project next month.

Health Department spokesperson Joe Maila said his department had implemented the “ideal clinic initiative” at “study sites” in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State to improve primary healthcare.

This means public clinics will have to meet certain standards like a standard quality of service throughout the country, a water reservoir for constant supply and a generator for back-up. “We have 10 study sites that helped us arrive at the [Phakisa] methodology to roll out the ‘ideal clinic’?...?we are busy planning roll-out [to other] provinces,” he said.

Government’s delivery plan for the next five years?–?the Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019?–?suggests that ministers would consult with stakeholders on NDP goals. It says: “Many priorities in the NDP are not about new actions but [about] improving the quality of implementation of existing programmes and policies?...?the NDP identifies the need for key stakeholders to work together.”

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