Spend less time in meetings - ANC

2015-08-25 14:39
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Johannesburg - Government officials need to spend less time sitting in meetings and more time reconnecting with the people on the ground, the ANC says.

"Many politicians and officials spend significant amounts of time in meetings, which limits their ability to engage with communities and undertake the tasks they are entrusted with," the party says in a discussion document entitled "Reconnecting with Communities".

"Meetings must be minimised so that delivery and action can take centre stage and so that government is more responsive to local needs."

The documents were released ahead of the 2015 National General Council meeting set to take place later in the year. The NGC is the party's mid-term review of its policies and the implementation thereof, since the 53rd National Conference which took place in Mangaung in 2012.

"It is not sufficient to increase service delivery if this is not done in consultation and through engagement with local constituents," the party says.

It also conceded that publicly-elected representatives need to better communicate the work that government is doing.

Ahead of the upcoming 2016 elections, the party has emphasised the need to be decisive about specific problems at the local government level, which include:
- The calibre and quality of councillors deployed in municipalities,
- The accountability and transparency of councillors to their communities,
- The management of consequences and performance management of deployed cadres,
- The micro-management of municipalities by ANC structures,
- The need for representatives to take the moral high ground and deal decisively with fraud and corruption, and,
- to implement campaigns and programmes targeted at changing the image and credibility of local government.

Read more on:    anc  |  anc ngc  |  service delivery  |  local government

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