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Minister moots delivery unit

2009-09-04 20:34

Cape Town - Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on Friday mooted the establishment of a new delivery unit to iron out serious hitches in government programmes.

Chabane, the minister for performance monitoring and evaluation, said his task will not be that of policing departments but rather of helping them achieve the government's stated goals.

"Our task is not to police performance but to facilitate a focus on the government's mandate and ensure the attainment of concrete positive outcomes," he told a media briefing.

"To assist us to achieve our goals we recommended the creation of a delivery unit to respond to a few carefully selected areas of blockages in delivery. It will partner the appropriate delivery institutions in working towards a turnaround."

Chabane said the unit's initiatives could serve as a template for tackling delivery problems in other spheres of government.

"Its interventions would create models for improving delivery that can be followed by others."

Chabane was releasing a green paper on performance, monitoring and evaluation alongside fellow Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, who unveiled a green paper on national strategic planning.

The planning and monitoring portfolios were created by President Jacob Zuma when he announced his Cabinet in May, as part of efforts to step up government delivery.