President directs Directors-General to focus on implementation

President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 8 August 2019, met with the Forum of South African Directors-General (FOSAD) during the Forum's 2-day planning workshop held in Tshwane.

FOSAD is a planning and coordination mechanism composed of the directors-general of national and provincial government departments as well as management of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

The planning workshop is the first of the sixth administration and President Ramaphosa used the occasion to outline government's expectations of speedy implementation of the decisive electoral mandate.

The President reflected on key challenges facing government with specific focus on persistent concerns about poor implementation of key decisions and policies, including for example, the delays in the launching of the Infrastructure Fund, as well as removing business and tourism visa obstacles.

The President highlighted the negative economic and social consequences of such delays in the implementation of policy decisions.

The President called on the most senior echelon of the public service to move with speed and determination to implement the measures required to turnaround the economy, including the measures contained in the economic stimulus and recovery plan.

The President further directed the re-engineering of government's implementation and delivery models in order to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in the use of resources.

This must include the introduction of a district-level planning and coordination model to encourage integrated planning, improve coherence, enhance the impact of service delivery and mobilize all social partners support development.

The FOSAD planning workshop precedes the Presidential Coordinating Council meeting scheduled for later this month which will reflect on the alignment between the Medium Term Strategic Framework, (MTSF) being finalized by FOSAD and the Provincial Growth and Development Plans being developed by the provinces.

These are critical policy instruments that give effect to the electoral mandate and to identify budget priorities for the next five years.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa