SA ready to present AU report in May

2013-02-26 00:00

SOUTH Africa will be ready to present its report on the standards of governance to the African Union (AU) in May, African Peer Review Mechanism’s (APRM) national governance council member Dr Wally Serote said yesterday.

“A report for the AU is to be submitted in May to form part of the African dialogue. There are also 17 other countries which will submit their own reports. We will take it from there how the picture of the continent is,” Serote said.

He made the statements after an APRM consultative meeting that was attended by about 1 000 people in Pietermaritzburg. The people who attended came from organs of civil society, government and APRM.

APRM is a programme adopted by the AU members to promote and reinforce high standards of governance in Africa. It conducts reviews of the participating countries to assess progress made towards achieving agreed goals.

Areas of focus are democracy and political governance, economic governance, corporate governance and socio-economic development, according to APRM’s website.

Serote said KwaZulu-Natal was the sixth province to be visited by the APRM and others will be visited soon.

He said yesterday’s meeting was to assess KwaZulu-Natal on various issues relating to social development, economic upliftment, women’s issues, xenophobia and all other issues to measure if there was any development.

Issues relating to RDP houses, social grants and health issues were also tackled.

Serote said participants at the meeting had responded enthusiastically. “They take it as a platform to gauge what has been achieved. They define the challenges and express what they think are recommendations.”

“It was an important exercise because they were talking among themselves about the place they are sharing together in KwaZulu-Natal with other people who are not from there. It was a very important dialogue,” he said.

Serote added that the consultative meeting had shown that the people were conscious of the progress made through government to bring about development.

The meeting also found that there was a need to find another term to describe what has been called “xenophobia”.

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