Top 10 Sona promises

2015-02-22 15:00

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President Jacob Zuma delivered the overall state of the nation address last Thursday. This week, different government clusters briefed the media on their performances and programmes of action for the year ahead. The briefings gave a sense of where things are and what direction government is taking on issues that concern the country. Here are the top 10 focus points of each cluster, reports Caiphus Kgosana

Governance and administration cluster

1. Enforce the implementation of the Public Administration Management Act, which prohibits public servants from doing business with the state.

2. Create a pool of labour relations and legal experts to assist with resolving the backlog in cases of precautionary suspensions in the public service.

3. Redeploy skilled and qualified staff to key posts in struggling municipalities.

4. End the late registration of births by the end of this year and register newborn babies in the population register within 30 days.

5. Issue 1.6?million smart ID cards by the end of this year and cover 38?million citizens by 2019.

6. Make it possible for people to apply for smartcard IDs at their nearest banks and the Post Office.

7. Pilot a graduate recruitment scheme through the National School of Government to assist departments to attract and develop young talent.

8. Enforce performance agreements signed by heads of departments and senior government officials.

9. Increase the number of complaints resolved through the Presidential Hotline. The resolution rate stands at 94%.

10. Initiate youth-development programmes through the national youth service programme.

Justice, crime prevention and security cluster

1. Capacitate the SA Police Service’s public order police unit to better deal with violent protest action.

2. Link schools to police stations to make them less susceptible to crime.

3. Build new police stations and maintain existing ones in rural areas.

4. Ensure that the office of the chief justice acquires its own budget to operate as a fully fledged government department.

5. Improve on the 27?000 cases that were removed from court rolls as part of reducing court backlogs.

6. With 330 small claims courts already established, create more of these courts to ensure there is a fully functioning small claims court in each magisterial district.

7. The Limpopo and Mpumalanga seats of the high court to start operating by April this year.

8. Intensify patrols by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) on the country’s borders to combat cross-border criminality.

9. At least 2?500 people were recruited for the defence force at the beginning of this year as part of the rejuvenation of the defence force.

10. Intensify discussions on immigration policy to balance the need to attract tourists with the interests of national security.

International cooperation, trade and security cluster

1. Broaden market integration through the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) negotiations among 26 countries of east and southern Africa. The TFTA is expected to create a market of 625?million people and a GDP of $1.2?trillion (R14?trillion).

2. Increase the number of tourists to the country, which received 3?892?172 foreign visitor arrivals, generating a R20.3?billion revenue contribution to the economy last year.

3. Make South Africa one of the top 20 global destinations by 2020.

4. Get more South Africans to visit domestic attractions.

5. Continue to participate in UN peace support operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the UN/African Union hybrid mission in Sudan.

6. Continue to provide relief domestically and internationally. This year, the SANDF was involved in the operation to help the people of Mozambique in disaster relief efforts after floods threatened their survival and lives.

7. Make provision for the establishment of the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa Development Bank, which will be based here.

8. Continue South Africa’s leadership role in the Southern African Development Community.

9. Continue with a path towards cost-based roaming tariffs that will be applied through fee reductions by a factor of 67%, 33% and 5%, respectively, over the next three years.

10. Advance South Africa’s foreign policy positions.

Social protection,community and human development cluster

1. Build an extra 1.5?million homes.

2.Provide training and employment opportunities for 10?000 young people who want to enter the real estate sector.

3. An additional R2.1?billion has been provided to build 200?000 houses over the next two years.

4. The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University to be opened in Gauteng.

5. Create more than 1?million jobs through the expanded public works programme by 2019.

6. Train 3?378 young people through the youth build programme and skill them in technical skills to help them find work.

7. Through the framework of Staffing SA’s Universities, recruit 200 young students to train as academics.

8. Install 20?000 flags in government and other buildings by the end of this year.

9. Connect more pregnant women to the MomConnect mobile phone service, which assists expecting mothers to have healthy pregnancies and deliver healthy babies.

10. Enrol more clinics into the Operation Phakisa Ideal Clinic initiative, which pilots improved healthcare provision.

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