Zuma pays tribute to ‘innovator’ Netshitenzhe

2009-10-22 07:41

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma paid tribute to Joel Netshitenzhe yesterday,

following the announcement that he will leave his post as director-general of

policy and co-ordination services (PCAS) in the presidency, at the end of


“We thank him for a sterling contribution to the establishment and

running of government. He has assured me that he remains ready to assist us in

whatever way possible in (the) future, when called upon to do so. We therefore

have not lost him in the public service or civic duty,” a statement from Zuma’s

office said.

Zuma told Cabinet earlier that Netshitenzhe was an innovator whose

name was “synonymous with government communications as well as efficient and

effective policy-making over the past 15 years”.

Netshitenzhe led in the development of the “cluster system” and the

“programme of action” to improve the implementation of government


“He led in the development of review reports like the Ten Year

Review and the Fifteen Year Review, and the annual Development Indicators,” the

statement continued. “These government reports are as honest and transparent

about our achievements and our failures as any reports by any democratic

government in the world.”

In the very statement Netshitenzhe was quoted as saying: “I thank

President Zuma and all former Presidents of the Republic as well as the

government as a whole for the opportunity (they) afforded me to serve our

government and the people.

“I have assured President Zuma that I will always be available to

assist both as part of my civic duty and also as a member of the ANC National

Executive Committee. It has been an honour to work in the Presidency and the

opportunity is truly appreciated.”

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