Batho Pele reforms to be speeded up, says acting premier

2010-07-16 00:00

A PERFORMANCE evaluation system has been introduced by the KwaZulu-Natal cabinet to oversee the quality of work done by various government departments and its impact on society.

This was disclosed by the KZN Acting Premier and MEC for Transport and Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, during his keynote address at the 11th Premier’s Service Excellence Awards ceremony held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on Wednesday evening.

The awards, which are held annually, are aimed at recognising those departments, municipalities and civil servants who have ensured adherence to good ethical standards.

“We have agreed with all heads of department on a set of common targets as we build a better future together. Members of the executive council are monitoring their performance while on the other side, the premier of the province is expected to provide political leadership,’’ Mchunu said.

Mchunu said that during the first decade of democracy, initiatives aimed at reforming the public service focused on restructuring and reclassifying government departments in line with the new constitution.

This government aknowledges the need to take the reform further, but at a much quicker pace.

“The first step which we have undertaken in this province is the adoption of an integrated approach in the management of the business of government.

“This entails the involvement of all government departments in pursuit of a single goal. In doing so we are still guided by the principles of Batho Pele — putting the people first,’’ Mchunu said.

Mchunu emphasised that communities should be allowed to monitor the effectiveness of government programmes and whether such resources ultimately reach the grassroots communities for whom they are destined.

“This approach will add meaning to our democracy and will ensure the improvement of the delivery of services to the public.’’

Mchunu also paid tribute to the Local Organising Committee and other roleplayers who helped SA to host an incident-free and successful World Cup tournament.

Gold: Phoenix Heights Primary School (Education Department)

Silver: KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury (Office of the CFO), Public Works Department (Southern Region) Bronze: Department of Social Development (Msinga Service Office), Department of Health (GJ Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh), Department of Transport (Cost Centre in Stanger), Amajuba District Municipality Department of Sports and Recreation (Okhahlamba Region).

Commendation: Department of Arts and Culture, Department of Community Safety and Liaison (Volunteer Social Crime Prevention Project).

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