Zuma govt performance, job creation on the agenda at Cabinet lekgotla

2014-02-04 12:51

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The Cabinet lekgotla, which got under way this morning at the presidential guest house in Pretoria, is due to discuss and review the performance of President Jacob Zuma’s government over the past five years.

The meeting is the last indaba before the end of Zuma’s current term.

Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency in charge of performance monitoring and evaluation, said reports would be tabled on the state of the economy, outlining what needs to be done to create jobs.

“(We) will do an assessment of the current administration. How far have we gone with the programme ... what is the state of the administration and how far did we go?”

He said there would also be an assessment of how the changes in government departments, which saw the introduction of new ones in 2009, had gone. He said this would include discussions about whether there should be any further changes.

He said the draft 20-year review would also be tabled. It would be released to the public only once the cabinet had approved it.

“We want to give that (review) to society to understand how far we have (come) and what we need to do going forward,” he said.

The lekgotla was preceded by a Cabinet meeting in the morning.

Asked why a lekgotla was necessary when there is an election ahead, Chabane said it was necessary for government to continue functioning until a new president takes over.

“When the new Cabinet comes into place we will have prepared handover reports. So when the Cabinet comes, we’ll hand over the plans for the implementation of the NDP (National Development Plan). It is that administration’s responsibility to look at what we have done and amend it to suit their new focus.

“Therefore after the lekgotla, the new administration will have its own Cabinet lekgotla ... whoever comes into power, whether it’s DAgang or something, we will have to prepare and make sure that the documentation is ready for them,” he said.

Premiers and the SA Local Government Association will join the lekgotla on Thursday. The indaba will feed into Zuma’s state of the nation address, to be delivered in Parliament next Thursday.

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