New minister to go on 'listening campaign'

2011-10-26 08:05

Cape Town - New Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi will embark on a "listening campaign" before deciding on a strategy to turn around the troubled department.

"I understand that it is a difficult task, I appreciate the magnitude of the challenge," Nxesi said on Tuesday.

"I will go on a listening campaign, I will read all the reports, and later on will be able to announce my plan."

Nxesi spoke to reporters after he was sworn in along with Communications Minister Dina Pule and Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform Lechesa Tsenoli.

"The AG's [Auditor General] report, the SIU [Special Investigating Unit] report - they all point to recent challenges and therefore I will have to apply my mind on all these issues.

"I will consult with all stakeholders, including my predecessor."

Flouted processes

The AG this month gave public works a disclaimer, while the SIU said it may have awarded contracts worth R3bn in an irregular manner.

Nxesi is replacing Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, who was found by the public protector to have flouted processes in the police headquarters saga.

President Jacob Zuma fired her on Monday in his second Cabinet reshuffle.

Zuma also sacked Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka, who was found by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to have wasted state funds on hotel stays and a trip to Switzerland.

The Cabinet reshuffle resulted in a total of eight changes, but since half of those involved serving ministers or deputy ministers being moved to other portfolios, they did not need to take the oath again.

The new deputy minister of communications, ANC MP Tembisa Stella Ndabeni, will be sworn in once she returns from a parliamentary work trip abroad.

No women, children deputy minister

Zuma has moved former communications minister Roy Padayachie to public service and administration, and appointed the former minister in that portfolio, Richard Baloyi, to take over from Shiceka at co-operative governance.

Former deputy minister of communications, Obed Bapela, becomes the new deputy minister in the presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation.

Former deputy public works minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, becomes the new deputy minister for women, children and persons with disability.

Zuma has not filled her old post, leaving Nxesi to run the ministry without a deputy.

"I think it is a sign that maybe it can be done alone," he said.

  • Johan - 2011-10-26 08:17

    ...they must stop listening, .....and start working...!! ...all of them...!!!

      Van - 2011-10-26 08:33

      You left out the "apply the mind".

      Albert - 2011-10-26 08:48

      On TV i was expecting Zuma to apologise to the public for stealing their taxmoney,but i suppose it is to much to expect from such a calous man.

      George - 2011-10-26 09:22

      what car will he be driving and in which top hotel will he be sleeping on his listening tour?

  • Dave - 2011-10-26 08:35

    Deputy minister for woman, children and persons with disability, what a joke are they running out of portfolios, what about minister of weeding the union buildings gardens

      Musa - 2011-10-26 11:11

      Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu is a person with a disability. She understands very well the plight of people with disabilities and their needs. In fact, she is better placed in that department. I had long wished that she is moved to this department, finally it happened. Spot on! Stop making jokes here, this is serious stuff.

      Godfrey - 2011-10-26 12:20

      @Musa no one will joke IF the Dept delivers.

  • Chris - 2011-10-26 08:46

    And I'm sure that to be successful on her listening campaign she will need to rent a luxury car to travel round in, 5 star hotels to live in and spa treatments to help her cope with the stress.

  • Jomo - 2011-10-26 08:47

    Listening campaign????????? What the hell is that???

      Albert - 2011-10-26 08:51

      Wearing his walkman fulltime

  • Harlem - 2011-10-26 08:52

    shifting the goalposts on the street suffers for another 5yrs..once again they will apply their minds a....what a circus

  • Merle - 2011-10-26 08:53

    Won't have to think, answer or talk !

  • MattQ4 - 2011-10-26 09:00

    I get the feeling this is no better than putting 1 new wheel on a broken down old car :)

  • Zee - 2011-10-26 09:00

    listening or hearing. And then understanding. And then making notes. And then taking it to the committee. And then drink coffee and eat muffins. You would need a qualification for this. 'So what did he say?'

  • Trudy - 2011-10-26 09:15

    Consulting and listening is a good way to start as opposed to being arrogant and a 'know it all' like most people on this forum. Best wishes mr minister. Plse prove the idiots wrong.

  • rory.short1 - 2011-10-26 09:29

    New appointments, it is to be hoped that they will bring life, public service and integrity to their new positions.

  • Myth - 2011-10-26 09:36

    So he doesn't have clue...

      Trudy - 2011-10-26 09:40

      No, he does not pretend to know it all

  • Linda - 2011-10-26 10:26

    Seeing as Thulas Nxesi is so keen on listening - perhaps he will listen to this....... Include a clause in all contracts that state that the person signing on behalf of the government is duly authorised to do so - failing which they will be held liable in their personal capacity. This will stop all these illegal tenders, leases etc immediately - and will put an end to the massive fees earned by friends and family appointed as consultants, lawyers, advocates etc - so it it highly unlikely to be implemented.....

  • Joanita - 2011-10-26 15:32

    A listening campaign? Like all the other before him and audits and investigations and just to come to the same old jack Sh$t about it

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