Cabinet is at the Legend Golf Safari Resort in Limpopo this week for its annual January lekgotla that provides the basis for President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address on February 10 and is meant to give direction to government’s programme for the year.
The workshop started yesterday and concludes Thursday. It follows a similar workshop by the governing African National Congress’ national executive last week and the party’s annual “January 8” statement.
Government spokesman Themba Maseko says Cabinet “will assess the global and domestic economic outlook with a view to the prospects for increasing employment in the country. Job creation is a key priority for Government alongside health, education, safety and rural development – all of which will form part of the planning discussions at the lekgotla.”
The global security context and an international relations programme for South Africa, informed by factors such as the country becoming part of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China) group of nations, “also forms part of the lekgotla agenda”.
Ministers and their deputies will have the venue for themselves for the the first three days after which provincial premiers and directors-general will also participate.
Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane says government departments will over the next few days roll out their programmes and outline how they will be implementing them. He adds that targets will be set to enable government to monitor their progress.
Government will also be reviewing programmes implemented in the past. Chabane says significant strides had been made in addressing crime and in the health and education sectors.