Mabuza notes key areas for intervention

2013-05-21 18:30

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Johannesburg - Raising the standard of maths, science, and technology education in Mpumalanga was vital for the province's growth, Premier David Mabuza said on Tuesday.

Delivering his office's budget speech to the Mpumalanga provincial legislature, Mabuza said progress had been made on three key issues highlighted in previous budget and policy speeches.

These were vision 2030, the economic growth and development path (EGDP) and the provincial five-year plan.

Completing the implementation framework of vision 2030 had been delayed, but was expected to be ready for presentation by June, Mabuza said.

The province met its target regarding the EGDP, with the programme of action ready and roll-out taking place.

Beyond the EGDP, the province had identified five key areas where immediate intervention was needed.

Beyond skills development where raising educational standards was crucial, the four other areas were urban renewal, enterprise development, sustainable environment and research and development.

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All memorandums of understanding signed by the provincial government were guided by these five areas, said Mabuza, whose office has been allocated R200.4m for the 2013/2014 financial year.

The provincial five-year plan, to dovetail national programmes with those arising at a provincial level, was being reviewed annually to accommodate any changes when necessary.

All annual plans for each provincial department were also being reviewed, he said.

Mabuza committed his office to establishing an information hub for planning, development and performance, strengthening collaboration between institutions and departments, and finalising the information management framework.

Increasing capacity within the premier's office through recruiting skilled personnel was also critically important.

Mabuza admitted his office had lagged behind in implementing these four areas, which he attributed to its "snail-pace" reorganisation.

He said the recent appointment of a new director-general and some senior managers should ensure these areas received the appropriate attention in the coming year.

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