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Published: 30 May 2012
|SA: Chabane: Address by Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, on The Presidency budget vote (30/05/2012)|
Honourable President Jacob Zuma
Honourable Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
The role of the Office of the President, as the highest office on the land, is to oversee and coordinate the work of government and the state is the leading institution on interstate relations. The Office of the President also has a responsibility to ensure that government achieves all its objectives, meets its targets within an electoral term.
The President of the Republic also assumes the role of a Head of State who has the responsibility to defend and uphold the integrity of this state. This is a role often forgotten or not fully recognised in our society. This is the role that include overseeing and ensuring that other leavers of state are operating optimally which includes the legislature, government and the judiciary.
It is against this background that we have reconfigured the macro-organisation of the national government to ensure that government is able to operate optimally and allow the President the space to exercise his role as the Head of State.
Let me remind the house that The Presidency exists;
1. to support the President in leading and galvanising the whole of government and society to implement the electoral programme;
2. to serve as a centre for strategic coordination in implementing government’s programme so as to ensure that all energies and efforts are properly aligned behind the achievement of a common and a unifying vision; and,
3. to monitor that the programme of government is implemented and evaluate whether it is achieving its intended objectives.
The Department for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and the National Planning Commission are fully functional and provide the necessary capacity for national planning, monitoring and evaluation to enhance the performance and efficiency of the state.
In the last financial year, much progress was recorded once again demonstrating a capable institution geared to ensure that government work impacts the lives of our people. In our organisational administration’s mid-term reflection, we noted that the introduction of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and National Planning Commission not only impacted and started to change the way government works, but have also introduced greater efficiencies towards improving the performance of government.
Another significant accomplishment for the 2011/12 financial year is that Executive has began to focus on frontline service delivery monitoring, with the President and Ministers visiting institutions such as hospitals, schools, police stations and municipalities on an ongoing basis. With the term of the current administration having just passed its mid-way point, The Presidency has compiled a mid-term report which the President has already elaborated on, the report will be released shortly.
The Presidency has also institutationalised the monitoring of key priorities with quarterly reports being presented to Cabinet through my office. There will be, moving forward, more engagement with Ministers who coordinate the key outcomes as well as regular visits to provinces, municipalities and communities to monitor whether government is serving citizens the way it should. The President will continue to meet regularly with Ministers leading the outcomes to ensure progress.
In this financial year and over the remainder of this administration’s term, The Presidency will also focus its efforts on increasing engagements in the international arena. South Africa’s participation and leadership in the international arena has been one of the hallmarks of the democratic order since 1994. The expectation for South Africa’s leadership in the SADC region, the African continent and the world as a whole has increased even further in the past two years.
South Africa has joined BRICS, and has also played a leading role in the mediation efforts in the Ivory Coast, Libya and Zimbabwe, to mention a few and recently assumed the presidency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC). The expectation and the key priority for the medium term is that South Africa’s leadership and engagement in the SADC region, the African continent and in multilateral institutions such as the G20, UNFCCC and BRICS will increase. It is in this context, that we are looking at an alternative funding model to support the above international engagements.
As President Zuma outlined in the State of the Nation Address infrastructure delivery remains a key priority. The Presidency is prioritising the work of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordination Commission (PICC) which was established to spearhead and coordinate the infrastructure development programme of government. The establishment of the PICC was coupled with the reformulation of the terms of reference of the previous Anti-poverty Inter Ministerial Commission to establish the short-term Job Creation Commission, led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. The Presidency will provide necessary support to the President and the Deputy President in order to ensure that this critical priority of government is implemented.
Honourable Speaker, Brand South Africa was moved to The Presidency in the current financial year with the mandate of branding the country within and outside our borders. It also exist to enhance the country’s reputation so we can be competitive as a nation of winners.
Honourable Speaker, the country’s brand has to be led by the country’s President and Head of State, this is the imperative that informed our decision to bring it closer to the Presidency.
Turning to the budget, one of the key shortcomings highlighted in the previous strategic planning of the Presidency is the inadequate resource allocation to support the implementation of organisation’s strategy, and the related unsuitable and unsustainable funding model used to make budget allocation to The Presidency.
The Presidency budget allocation is shared between the Administration with R397 667 000 and the National Planning Commission with R95 575 000. The NYDA received R376 010 000 while Brand South Africa received an amount of R148 779 000. This is hardly adequate to meet the many demands of the Presidency to execute its strategy. In the recent past The Presidency has received budget allocations which are not proportionate to its increased responsibilities.
The Presidency’s obligations and responsibilities are increasing both domestically and internationally. For instance, South Africa’s stature and responsibilities in the international arena have exponentially increased. This has led the President to take on more leadership responsibilities in the African Continent as well as across the globe. The Presidency plays a role of being a mediator on the continent and the world.
Domestically, there are also obligations for the Presidency to provide leadership in the implementation of government programmes. This is also includes a number of forums coordinated by the President to ensure that the Presidency is able to interact with all sectors of society and all leavers of government.
In Conclusion, I would like to thank the Director General of the Presidency, Dr Cassius Lubisi, the Chief Operations Officer, Dr Batandwa Siswana, Chairperson and members of the Audit Committee, members of the management team and all staff for the sterling work and support they render to all principals of The Presidency.
Honourable Members, it is my pleasure to commend the budget of The Presidency to the House.
I thank you