Brain drain, living costs bad for govt

2009-06-03 00:00

THE South African government is doing a poor job at stopping the brain drain of skills and controlling the cost of living in the country.

However, it is performing very well at distributing welfare payments to the poor.

This is the overall assessment of South Africans who participated in an Ipsos Markinor survey on government performance.

The survey was based on a rating system of 23 key areas.

Poor performance areas were rated with a score of 50% and less. These were:

• Stopping the brain drain,

• Controlling the cost of living,

• Reducing unemployment/creating jobs,

• Controlling inflation,

• Reducing the crime rate,

• Maintaining transparency and accountability,

• Fighting corruption in government,

• Appointing the right people to lead government departments and agencies,

• Narrowing the income gap between the different race groups,

• Implementing affirmative action in the civil service, and

• Ending political violence.

Areas where government was rated as doing an adequate job (rated between 51 and 74%) were:

• Promoting equality between men and women,

• Addressing the problem of HIV/Aids,

• Addressing the educational needs of all South Africans,

• Improving basic health services,

• Uniting all South Africans into one nation,

• Delivering basic services,

• Building houses,

• Encouraging international investment,

• Bringing the police force closer to the community,

• Promoting access to land.

The one area where government was rated as doing very well, scoring over 74%, was the distribution of welfare grants.

Anneke Greyling of Markinor said that in light of the opening of parliament, this assessment is a useful indicator of areas that need urgent attention.

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