Cabinet's 4-day lekgotla gets under way

2013-02-05 14:31

Pretoria - Cabinet held the first day of its lekgotla at President Jacob Zuma's presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The meeting allows the government to discuss the upcoming year and decide on a way forward.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said Cabinet would discuss the youth wage subsidy, as well as the ANC's intention to have education declared an essential service, if these topics were raised.

"Part of the priorities we will be discussing is unemployment. It [the youth subsidy] would then fall within that context," Chabane told reporters.

"It is not a separate agenda. It is part of the issues we may be discussing."

African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday that the party supported the youth wage subsidy proposal. The scheme seeks to pay incentives to companies that employ young people.

He said the ANC would also ensure education was declared an essential service.

NEC lekgotla

Both topics were discussed at the party's national executive committee lekgotla in Irene, south of Pretoria, last week.

Chabane said the ANC had not told Cabinet what had been discussed at its lekgotla.

"We heard the ANC made that decision, but those of us in government have not heard from the ANC that these are the issues we need to deal with," he said.

"Nevertheless, given the challenges we face and the fact that education is a priority, we are looking at all the options to be able to improve... the profile of our educational system."

He said Cabinet would discuss investor confidence in the country as well as its downgrading by ratings agencies.

"The minister of finance from time to time has indicated that these downgrades have not been doing us [any] good," Chabane said.

"We as South Africa need to take steps to ensure that we don't slide down again, and improve the situation as we move forward."


He said Cabinet would also discuss the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).

In the banquet hall at the Sefako M Makgatho guest house, Zuma and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe sat next to each other at the main table.

The ministers and their deputies sat at parallel tables near the two.

When journalists were brought into the hall for a photo opportunity, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor joked with Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu about Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel.

"I think Trevor was wearing the same shirt last year," Pandor said.

Zuma and Motlanthe also shared a few chuckles over a private joke.

The ministers and their deputies mingled during a tea break, sharing a few laughs amid animated conversation.

Some went outside to sneak a quick cigarette before the lekgotla continued. It is scheduled to conclude on Friday.

  • tony.bakkie - 2013-02-05 14:47

    And in other news, the distributors of Johnny Walker have placed the Scottish distiller on standby

  • jackal666.daniel - 2013-02-05 14:57

    Mmmm, boys how shall we rip off the tax payers this year?!

  • jackey.moss - 2013-02-05 15:00

    Agenda.. New S Class and the face-lifted 7 series is about to launch,The Specs of the Boeing Dreamliner..a must see, The houses in Clifton..out of this world, Rural Development in Nkandla, which includes a new airport, A Mall, A high Speed Train , a new Stadium, The latest Johhnie Platinum as the Official Whisky ..Etc.....

      Eterni80 - 2013-02-05 15:09

      and whose house is next on the 'upgrade' list

      jackey.moss - 2013-02-06 08:22

      As for unemployment, corruption, service delivery and all real problems facing the country, we have received those agenda's late which we wont be able to discuss this year..

  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-05 15:05

    Cigars and brandy for everyone! How much money is this going to cost?

  • Kevin - 2013-02-05 15:09


  • john.thelps - 2013-02-05 15:12

    Number one on the list....The public have caught unto the tender scams, we have to find another way to line our own pockets...

  • Lorette Rauch - 2013-02-05 15:13

    Yay!! Johnny Platium!!! Johnny Walker is smiling all the way!! #nologic

  • Jenny Angela Roxanne Maijanen - 2013-02-05 15:17

    wonder what plans?Mmmmm maybe stealing more money from the poor,more fraud in housing development,closing of more hospitals and schools,less service delivery,upgrading prison luxury while there are people starving,more holidays for the president everytime there are problems in the country.Mmmm maybe just maybe by miricale government will wake up and and start fixing all these problems.Wonder if thats even possible.

  • Badger - 2013-02-05 15:18

    And how we can really give it hard and long to the already raped consumer.

  • Andrew M - 2013-02-05 15:20

    For the past 4 years this government has been discussing unemployment and that is where it seems to stay with no real action taking place. The only way forward in job creation is to involve the private sector but it seems this does do happen due to the conception that whites control the ecconomy and will not want to help. This is partly true but one must look at the labour laws and the government BEE policies and the restriction placed on the employment of whites in senior positions. The government is virtually forcing business to appoint unskilled labour into management positions due to population demographics. Further the President made reference to blackmail tactics being used in an unecconomic mine closure. This in turn will make it more difficult for many an entrepreneur to cultivate a trust in government motives in the employment of additional people.

  • elmarie.kotze.31 - 2013-02-05 15:38

    Firstly, what does lekgotla mean? Secondly, as I see this, with another unemployment subsidy - why would the recipents ever want to work when they get money because they don't. The youth should be the ones with means and oppurtunity to work. Please correct me if I'm wrong...

  • mike.bester1 - 2013-02-05 15:45

    here we go ,lets wast another few Mil,

  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-05 15:46

    Today hand me everything on a silver tray, I'm royalty, I have a degree, se voet! Degree or no degree, we started at the bottom and with hard work, we worked our way to the top, with hard work, integrity, loyalty, honesty and trust worthiness and we did it to the best of our ability! Why must the public sector always suffer @ the hands of these clowns and see them destroy that which we worked for so hard and built up, its bull dust! If I had my own company I would employ those that suited the job fine, but it would be made quite clear nothing is just going to be handed out, here you work! I don't care what colour u are, u start at the bottom...a degree means a bag of apples to need to prove whether you can do the job, full stop! No piece of paper quaiifies you for a managerial position if you have not started at the experience and theory are two different things! Sorry!

  • Killbot79 - 2013-02-05 15:48

    The ninja turtle hasnt had a holiday yet, hes too busy travelling the world to lie about south africa

  • Justin - 2013-02-05 15:50

    Please no sleeping, and please talk very SLOWLY

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-02-05 15:55

    1. How to steal more from the tax payer - Any member to volunteer? 2. Denial, five easy steps by Mac the Mouth. 3. Tax payers: unlimited funds 4. The cookie jar- an introduction for newbies. 5. Honesty - a foreign concept 6. The sheeple: ensuring low expectations and results. 7. Very Basic Education: How to make a success of a failure. Guest speaker Mac the Mouth.

      Justin - 2013-02-05 16:12

      I love your work

      colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-05 16:16


  • pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-02-05 19:38

    Time for the boys to share notes on how to steal & loot for the next 12 months.

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