OFFICE OF THE PREMIER SPEECH: OTP BUDGET VOTE
BUDGET VOTE 1 BY THE OFFICE OF THE PREMIER DELIVERED BY THE HONOURABLE PREMIER MR SIHLE ZIKALALA, PREMIER OF THE PROVINCE OF KWAZULU-NATAL, 02 MAY 2020
Members of the Executive Council;
Members of the Provincial Legislature;
Mayors and Councillors;
Amakhosi and Religious Leaders;
Our Director – General and Heads of Departments;
Excellencies Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Sanibonani!! Dumelang! Good Day!
THE BUDGET AND THE OTP PROGRAMMES IN BRIEF
The programme structure of the Office of the Premier comprises of (i) Administration (ii) Institutional Development and (iii) Policy and Governance.
With your indulgence please allow me to start by reflecting on the context of this budget vote address and particularly its implication for our province at the rather unique time in history.
COVID-19 AND THE RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF KZN
A three months ago, we delivered the State of the Province Address (SOPA) under the theme, “Together, Creating Our Common Future.”
Only a day later, during the SOPA debate, South Africa reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 of a patient from here in KwaZulu-Natal.
Since this announcement on the 5th of March 2020, our lives have never been the same. And for the first time since 1994, we are delivering the Budget Vote Speech isolated from the warm presence and interaction of Honourable Members of the Legislature and the people of KZN.
On 15 March 2020, His Excellency President Cryil Ramaphosa declared a state of national disaster, in a move that was unprecedented in the history of our country, but that was necessitated by the advent of Covid 19, a virus that was and it is still spreading like wildfire around the world.
On 09 April 2020, two weeks into the national state of disaster, the President announced the extension of the national lockdown till the end of April, and said:
“During the course of these last two weeks, your lives have been severely disrupted, you have suffered great hardship and endured much uncertainty. We have closed our borders to the world, our children are not in school, businesses have closed their operations, many have lost their income, and our economy has ground to a halt”.
The President said further that:
“After careful consideration of the available evidence, the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to extend the nation-wide lockdown by a further two weeks beyond the initial 21 days. This means that most of the existing lockdown measures will remain in force until the end of April”.
It is common cause that the lockdown was subsequently extended as part of the national effort to flatten the curve and consequent to that a national adjusted risk strategy was adopted by the National Corona Virus Command Council and is currently being implemented. As the Province of KwaZulu-Natal we established the KZN Provincial Command Council which serves as a war room against the spread of COVID-19 in the Province.
During these trying and uncertain times the people of our province and our country have been called upon to make major sacrifices and to transform their behavior in order to combat this new, deadly and invisible threat with no visible end in sight. Through their patriotic actions they have given meaning to the President’s clarion call of working together, making the necessary adjustments to our new normal lifestyles and serving as the first line of defence against the threat of Covid-19.
As we present this budget, we wish to salute in particular the poor and vulnerable of our land, who have answered the call to become combatants in the war against COVID-19. It is them who remain our stars.
We also wish to pay special tribute to all our healthcare workers who risk their lives daily to save their fellow citizens from this pandemic. We salute our entrepreneurs in the first economy and second economy who have taken the blows, shutting shop and losing valuable income all in an effort to avert many deaths and untold destruction.
We pay tribute to all essential service workers who continue to serve our people in healthcare facilities, pharmacies, tuck shops, supermarkets, petrol stations and on our roads. The security forces such as the police, the SANDF and traffic officers have worked hard to ensure peace and stability in our province during this unusual time in our country.
Indeed, the Covid-19 crises has posed questions of all sectors of our society and we are pleased to say that South Africa has proven once more that it is alive with possibility. We have seen individuals, small enterprises, big business, and civil society pulling together and contributing to the well-being of our people and our economy.
We have seen political parties put aside their differences in the interest of the health and safety of our nation.
We have witnessed the incredible commitment of the South African media who have risked their own lives to keep our people informed on the virus.
Overwhelmingly, our men and women in uniform have done a stellar job in enforcing the state of disaster regulations and keeping our public safe. We also thank many of our public service employees who have been working hard and remotely in their homes supporting government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
Every citizen has given up one of their most cherished rights in our law, namely the freedom of movement, staying in their homes in order to isolate the deadly enemy called Covid-19.
After so many have given so much, we are in no position to disappoint the people of this province.
This is the time to work even harder to achieve a South Africa that is truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, equal and prosperous.
We must all stand together and prevent past divisions and the economic fault lines to be the hallmark of our nation.
We have a task to heal the wounds and trauma that has been visited upon our people. We must urgently begin to address the setbacks that ordinary people have come to suffer because of this pandemic.
It cannot be business as usual. This is a historic moment that calls on all patriots to be seized with the question of reconstruction and development post COVID-19.
The world of work has been disrupted and will no longer be the crisis unleashed by this unprecedented heath pandemic, the silver lining is that it has forced us to push our boundary of innovation and excellence. In a short period of time it has catapulted many countries to fast-track the rollout of the internet, to advance e-government, expand digitization and e-learning. No one in KZN must be left behind, and it is our responsibility to ensure that there is a just transition to this new digital world. We are therefore adamant that the post-covid 19 world emerges with a new economic architecture for our province where we will no longer be reliant on foreign supplies. We have to enhance our manufacturing capacity and improve local economy.
It is imperative that every rand we budget must answer the simple question of what impact it will make in reconstruction and development – in creating jobs, in supporting enterprise development, in improving health outcomes, in improving service delivery, and in building social cohesion.
In such an environment, we must all speak with one voice and act decisively against wastage, fraud, corruption, and malfeasance.
We must also root out crime in society and act against those who destroy public assets like schools, clinics, libraries, and universities.
Government programmes must tell us clearly how we are going to make an immediate and lasting impact on reducing poverty, unemployment and inequality.
In this regard, government must be efficient, prudent, and more innovative to achieve more for our people with diminishing resources and to attain the majority of our objectives.
When we delivered the State of the Province Address on the 4th of March 2020, we were already faced with a struggling economy which was shedding jobs and growing at a decreasing rage. But we were still encouraged as a province that some of our fundamentals and job creation efforts were bearing fruit.
We know from Stats SA that in 2019, KZN saw a net injection of 39 000 jobs into the provincial economy. This was supported by the Wholesale and Trade Sector which created 46 000 jobs, followed by the Agricultural Sector which created 22 000 jobs. The Transport sector created 15 000 jobs.
And with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no doubt that all these sectors have been severely undermined.
With an ailing global economy, our economy faces even more difficulties. Our critical tourism and hospitality sector has been hardest hit, and it may take a while before it fully recovers. The downgrading of South Africa to sub-investment status by all the rating agencies means that our country will be paying more for its borrowing. This will make our economic recovery even more challenging.
Others are even estimating that no less than a million jobs will be lost directly because of COVID-19, exacerbating the crisis of unemployment and raising the threat of social instability.
With all these setbacks, there are increasing calls from some sectors that government should reduce the public sector wage bill and freeze salary increments. The COVID-19 disaster has seen the President, Cabinet, Members of Executive Councils and DGs take pay cuts in order to join a growing list of members of our community that contribute to the Solidarity Fund.
There are no easy answers and short cuts to our challenges, but in all that we do, we must be motivated by the interests of the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society.
In the SOPA, we announced SUKUMA 100 000 as one programme to be implemented to address the crisis of youth unemployment. With many businesses closing down in the formal and informal economy, it means more people have joined the sea of the unemployed. This demands that every person public service employee must be preoccupied with how through our programmes we can accelerate economic recovery and job-creation.
All the signs are there that our tax revenue will be reduced and this will have a dire impact on our social programmes, service delivery, and job-creation. It is for this reason that we cannot afford to spend on programmes that are not helping our government to facilitate economic growth, creating jobs, poverty alleviation, the delivery of basic services and social cohesion.
COVID 19 – IMPACT ON THE PROVINCIAL BUDGET
As will be detailed by the MEC for Finance, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on budgets of departments. We have had to embark on unprecedented and unforeseen interventions. COVID -19 has disrupted budget structures and this will have a huge impact on our strategic plans and Annual Performance Plans that this venerable House may have to take decisions about their review.
To sketch a brief picture. The estimation of GDP contraction in KZN as a direct result of COVID 19 is R26billion. The national government announced a R500 billion relief package. An amount of R130billion of this will be funded from within existing government financial resources. The national departments will contribute R100 billion whilst all nine Provinces will contribute R30 billion. This means that from the existing baselines KZN has had to reprioritise its budget to fund the required programmes to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilising the Provincial Equitable Share Formula, KwaZulu-Natal’s contribution to the R30 billion is R6 210 347 000.00 (R6.210 billion) for the 2020/21 financial year. As a Province of KwaZulu-Natal we must identify these funds and return them to National towards the response package as announced by the President. This therefore means that the provincial budget that was tabled in this house in March by the MEC for Finance must be reprioritised and funds be redirected towards funding the COVID-19 response.
In undertaking this e reprioritization process due care has been taken to exclude the departments of Health and Education and to a limited extent the department of Social Development. These three lead our government response to COVID-19.
As we indicated earlier, we are therefore expecting that the Annual Performance Plans that were prepared in-line with the tabled budgets will be revised to align to the reprioritised budget. A special adjustments budget will be tabled by the Minister of Finance in due course and we will also follow suit as the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.
We have put all control measures in place to ensure that as we respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We guard against any acts of abuse. We have already acted timeolsly and are investigating in areas where allegations of wrong doing have been reported. We will report on these once investigations are concluded.
We clear that government cannot ask the people of KZN to tighten their belts if it does not set the example of reducing wasteful expenditure. All of us must direct the limited resources of the people towards programmes that offer the greatest promise to take us quicker onto the path of inclusive economic recovery and redistributive growth.
We must continue to mobilise and support all the people of KZN to become champions of self-development.
We are learning from this pandemic and will ensure that it does not become a missed opportunity for the fundamental transformation of our economy. We must use this global pandemic to disinfect our body politic of deadly divisive toxins and work to bring the best out of every citizen and stakeholder in KZN.
The total budget for the Office of the Premier for the 2020/21 financial year is R 800,198 million. In the course of this Budget Vote speech, we will provide an overview of the programme structure and the amounts budgeted to each programme.
PROGRAMME 1: ADMINISTRATION (R 136,131 million)
The Programme: Administration has been allocated R136, 131 million for 2020/2021. There are five Sub-Programmes under Administration. These are Premier Support, Executive Council Support, Director-General Support, Financial Management and Inter-Governmental Relations.
The Premier Support Sub-Programme has been allocated a budget of R 30,809 million in order to provide technical services and administrative and advisory support to the Premier.
The Executive Council Support Sub-Programme has been allocated a budget of R 9,154 million to render secretariat support services to the Executive Council, Cabinet Izindaba, Clusters and key provincial committees.
The Director–General Support Sub-Programme has been allocated a budget of R 15,851 million to provide administrative support to the Director-General to effectively execute her mandate of managing the Province.
An amount of R 55,155 million is allocated to the Financial Management Sub-Programme to provide financial management support and advisory services for the entire department.
The Inter-Governmental Relations Sub-Programme has been allocated a budget of R 25,162 million.
The Intergovernmental Relations Unit within the Office of the Premier will ensure that structural arrangements are in place to support the effective implementation of the new District Development Model. The Premier’s Coordinating Forum (PCF) meetings will continue to be held at least quarterly.
The Office of the Premier, working with the Department of Cooperative Governance, has finalised the alignment of Operation Sukuma Sakhe with the District Development Model. The KwaZulu-Natal province has entered into agreements with other provinces in different countries and work is underway to review and update these agreements.
The Office of the Premier working with Provincial Treasury, will monitor the Official Development Assistance (ODA) to promote economic development and welfare of the province.
PROGRAMME2: INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (R437, 532 million)
Our programme of Institutional Development focuses on improving service delivery through institutional capacity building and transformation management in the Province. It is allocated R 437,532 million.
The Sub-Programmes of Institutional Development are: Strategic Human Resources, Legal Services, Information Communications Technology, Communication Services, and Special Programmes.
Sub-Programme: Strategic Human Resources (R 97,629 million)
A key component of the National Development Plan 2030 and the KZN Provincial Growth and Development Plan 2030 is Human Resource Development which is anchored on three pillars:
• Strategic Human Resources – this includes Human Resource Development under the Provincial Public Service Training Academy
• Information Technology
• Communication Services
The Provincial Safety, Health, Environment, Risk and Quality (SHERQ) Implementation Plan has been reviewed through a workshop comprising of Wellness Practitioners and Heads of Departments in an effort to focus on suitable and safe working environments for employees and to ensure that government facilities comply with the SHERQ Management policy framework.
Using internal experts, the labour relations unit has developed and rolled out an Employer Representative and Chairpersons Training Programme to build capacity to deal with and fast track disciplinary cases.
The Persal Management Unit will continue to provide support to all Provincial Departments in terms of training of users, providing an audit and reporting function and the rendering of an online help desk to all users in the Province.
The Office of the Premier continues to support National Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration in reducing the emolument attachment orders (known as the garnishee orders) against government employees.
The advent of the 6th Administration has implications on the structuring of Departments. The Office of the Premier is a lead department in the realignment, and I have already signed off a document which enables the Provincial Micro-Organisation of Government to be implemented.
The Strategic Human Resource Unit has through its Integrated Human Resource Management Forum and sub forums such as the Provincial Labour Relations Forum, Provincial PERSAL Forum, Provincial SHERQ Committee and Provincial Organisational Development Committee will continue to enhance its role as a Strategic Partner providing ongoing advice, technical support and strategic direction to departments and the Committee of Heads of Department.
Government has developed the HR turnaround strategy which has now been submitted to the Executive Council for approval. The Employee Health and Wellness Strategy will address the physical and recreational activities while fighting lifestyle diseases associated with inactivity and a poor diet.
The branch will engage in a process to modernise HR by embracing the ICT opportunities offered by 4th Industrial Revolution and the KZN Digital Transformation Strategy. This includes electronic systems such as leave management and e-recruitment.
DEVELOPING THE HUMAN RESOURCE OF THE KZN – THE KZN PROVINCIAL PUBLIC SERVICE TRAINING ACADEMY
The KZN Provincial Public Service Training Academy is central to Human Resource Development in the province. During 2019/2020, the Academy:
Trained 1906 public servants in generic, transversal, leadership and management programmes.
Conducted 4 AET capacity building workshops
Hosted 3 Provincial skills development forums
Hosted 4 Provincial HRD forums
Trained 200 artisans and capacitated 850 beneficiaries in short skills.
Concluded a cooperation agreement with Durban University of Technology.
To ensure that it continues to deliver on its mandate in 2020/2021, the Training Academy will:
Deliver 160 training sessions on generic, transversal; and leadership and management programmes.
Conduct ICT training sessions and roll out 10 short skills programmes.
Review 4 training courses, develop 3 new courses, update QMS and facilitate the accreditation of the Training Academy.
Manage roll out of the MERSET project, participate in the Provincial Artisan development forum and manage placement of WIL learners and interns.
The unit will facilitate the reconstitution of the HRD Council in accordance with its Terms of Reference
There is a need to implement a knowledge management system within the Training Academy.
Functionality tools such as SABINET and LIBWIN will be maintained.
Focus on the targeted development of Chief Directors and Deputy Directors-General.
Continue to implement partnerships with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and expand the partnerships to HEIs outside of the Province
The conceptual framework for the Provincial Audit, process and tools have been developed. The next step is to action the Provincial Skills Audit once the framework and approach is approved
Develop and implement e-learning linked to the KZN Digitisation and e-Government Strategy
Will continue to forge and strengthen partnerships with Higher Education Institutions, private colleges and the National School of Government (NSG).
Sub-Programme: Information Communication Technology (ICT) (R 93,593 million)
The Provincial Lekgotla resolution 4.18 of June 2019 resolved that a Provincial ICT Strategy must be developed to leverage Cloud Computing, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Internet of Things (IOT’s) and artificial intelligence that will elevate e-Government services capability.
The Office of the Premier together with Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) have embarked on the development of the Provincial Digital Transformation Strategy.
MKI has offered to roll out digital training for public servants at the computer lab at the Academy. This will be operationalized during 2020/2021.
Work is ongoing to capacitate the Department to strengthen its ability to have staff working remotely to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
The ICT sub-programme coordinates the Provincial Government Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Province and renders internal ICT support and auxiliary services to the Office of the Premier. It is responsible for the implementation of e-governance, digitization and for ensuring that ICT becomes a bigger contributor to the Province’s GDP.
About R 93,593 million is allocated to this sub-programme for 2020/2021.
Key Projects to be undertaken during the 2020/21 Financial Year
• Implementation of the Provincial DT Strategy;
• Developing a Provincial Cloud Policy;
• Development of a Cyber Security Strategy;
• Migration to Cloud computing platforms;
• Installation of Digital screens in boardrooms for Teams Collaboration
Sub-Programme: Legal Services (R13,462 million)
Our Government is serious about service delivery, efficient and effective administration and the accountability of Government to the citizens. This commitment must, during this term, be reflected and given practical expression in our provincial legislation.
We have progressed well thus far in the improvement of the quality of our Provincial legislation and the rationalisation of our Statute Book. Yet more remains to be done.
The Chief Directorate: State Law Advisory Service (SLAS) plays a meaningful role in establishing the legislative framework for public service delivery, good governance and administration in KZN.
The KwaZulu-Natal Public Sector Lawyers’ Forum (KZN PSLF) functions as an intra-governmental structure within the administration of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. It serves to co-ordinate the provision of legal services across provincial departments given the decentralised system of legal services currently obtaining in the Provincial administration.
We are pleased to report that KwaZulu-Natal has taken a lead in the country in the Rationalisation of Laws and the Audit of, and Compliance with, Laws.
Laws need to be continuously reviewed and amended to give effect to changing circumstances and to correctly reflect shifts in, or the fine-tuning of, policy. It is imperative for purposes of clarity and good governance that the law reflects current policy. An ongoing process of review and rationalisation of laws within each provincial Department is thus not only necessary, but critical.
By the same token, we are concerned that it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit and retain suitably qualified and experienced legal personnel in the public sector. We hope that this may, to some extent, be ameliorated by the Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) for Legal Personnel introduced by the DPSA.
Sub-Programme: Communications Services (R67, 507 million)
Government Communication remains a vital link between the implementation of government programmes and the empowerment of citizens.
The Communication Services sub-programme provides an integrated and coordinated government communication service within the Provincial Government and the Office of the Premier. It is responsible for the creation of a vibrant dialogue not only between the Office of the Premier and communities but the Provincial Government in its entirety. This is done through enhancing synergy with other Government Departments in service delivery, ensuring that citizens access information that expands access to the opportunities they can use to develop themselves under our democratic dispensation.
Outlook for the 2020/2021 Financial Year
In line with the mandate of the 6th administration to ‘Grow South Africa Together’, we have embarked on a process to re-engineer the Provincial Government Communication so that it can with urgency meet the information needs of our society. A new Head of Provincial Government Communication was appointed and a new communication strategy has been developed and approved by Cabinet Lekgotla in line with the priorities of this administration.
In 2020/21, the Provincial Government Communication will undertake programmes and projects that breathe life to the government’s theme to “Grow KwaZulu-Natal Together”.
This has already started with the mass education and awareness campaign we have had to undertake as the Province that reported the first COVID-19 case in South Africa.
Other programmes that will be undertaken in support government’s growth agenda in line with the eight provincial priorities will include:
• Continued COVID-19 mass education and awareness
• Support for the upcoming local government elections to support democracy and mobilise citizens to play their role
• Strategic partnerships to promote economic opportunities created by government in programmes such as Operation Vula, Raset and many others through various below the line and above the line multi-media interventions.
• Developing communication platforms, to ensure an empowered citizenry of KwaZulu-Natal
• Improving Cluster Communication and ensuring that there is a uniform government brand and identity.
• Capacity Building programme for government communicators at provincial and district level; and political principals will also constitute a key pillar of the performance of this unit.
• It is important that we ensure that messengers of the government message are empowered including with relevant skills and tools to disseminate government messages in a fast digitising world.
Sub-Programme: Special Programmes (R 165,341 million)
The Integrity Management Unit plays an important role in promoting professionalism, ethical conduct, and accountability in the public service. In the year ahead, the unit has been allocated R 165,341 million.
As part of its drive to promote integrity in the province, the Integrity Management Unit will intensify the roll out of the “I Do Right” Campaign. As part of this campaign, the Integrity Management Unit will host the 3rd Integrity Leadership Summit.
The summit will be used by the Provincial Government as a vehicle to engage with various stakeholders with a drive to come up with programmes and initiatives to combat fraud and corruption in the Provincial Administration and local government. The Provincial Government will engage with municipal officials and councilors through district anti-corruption and ethics awareness campaigns aimed at taking ethics to Local Government and to source support of the community in fighting against fraud and corruption in Government.
Progress report on key priorities
The unit has conducted Ethics and Anti-Corruption Awareness Workshops in the Provincial Departments and Municipalities. Public servants have been made aware of consequences of corruption and know where to report corruption should they come across any.
The unit attends to complaints that are lodged through the Presidential Hotline, walk-ins, telephone calls, e-mails and letters.
Hotline Call Centre
During the 2019 SOPA we announced the launch of a Hotline to report fraud and corruption. The Integrity Management Unit has partnered with SITA for the establishment of the Hotline Call Centre System.
A Project Team led by ICT working with the Nerve Centre and the SITA is working on an integrated system to include Hotline, Complaints Management System and the Nerve Centre. A draft Concept document is being finalized.
The Provincial Government continues to offer a hand-up to the youth of KZN by prioritising their development.
Programmes aimed at youth empowerment cut across departments and bring in stakeholders outside government.
Through the Youth Chief Directorate in the Office of the Premier, there has been a series of interventions that are meant to improve the lives of young people. This includes Sukuma 100 000 and the Youth Empowerment Fund.
A Concept Document is being finalised to outline details of Sukuma 100 000. This programme, which will be coordinated in the Office of the Premier, will cut-across all departments, spheres of government, private sector, tertiary institutions, parastatals and other quasi-government organizations, aiming at creating 100 000 new job opportunities a year. This programme targets the youth, women and people with disabilities across the Province.
The Youth Empowerment Fund is one of the flagship programs for the province of KwaZulu-Natal which is aimed at heralding a new era of entrepreneurial activity and curbing youth unemployment.
In its first phase last year, about R70 million was disbursed to 53 youth-owned businesses, creating over 408 sustainable jobs.
The Youth Directorate has also assisted youth from KZN to access funding by the Department of Small Business, and a number of applications have been provisionally approved.
There is a need to strengthen the Provincial Youth Development Coordinating Forum in order to achieve synergy, greater impact, and maximum cooperation between Youth Managers across departments. There is also a need for more advocacy targeting women entrepreneurs in order to increase the participation of women-owned enterprises in the KZN Youth Development Fund.
The Office of the Premier is entrusted with ensuring effective coordination of the protection of government resources. We are aware of current security threats to both physical and information (tactical) security in the Office of the Premier.
We acknowledge that for some time, security services have been under-resourced and under-capacitated, leading to non-compliance with national security standards. The filling of critical vacancies is being prioritized to strengthen the leadership of the unit and to ensure that it delivers without fail on its critical mandate.
We must lead by example in enforcing Minimum Information Security Standards (MISS) and Minimum Physical Security Standards (MPSS). Moving forward, this unit will provide leadership on how the province can mitigate against the security risks facing the work of government such as those posed by an invisible threats like COVID-19, cyber security and digital terrorism.
This year, efforts will be made to strengthen the Provincial Forums comprising of SSA, SAPS and Provincial Government Security Structures.
PROGRAMME 3: POLICY AND GOVERNANCE (R 226,535 million)
The Policy and Governance Unit in the Office of the Premier is responsible for the province-wide, coordinated approach towards sustainable provincial growth and development through policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.
The programme consists of three Sub-Programmes which are pillars of Policy and Governance. These are Provincial Policy Management, Premier’s Priority Programmes and the Royal Household.
Sub-Programme: Provincial Policy Management (R 57,575 million)
The Provincial Policy Management is allocated R57, 575 million for 2020/21 for it to drive policy co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation in the Province.
This unit will continue to provide secretariat support to the Provincial Planning Commission which recently appointed new Commissioners for this term of office.
PROVINCIAL PLANNING, RESEARCH AND POLICY COORDINATION
The unit: “Provincial Planning, Research and Policy Coordination” has coordinated the province to produce the One Provincial MTSF Plan with one Monitoring Plan for 2020/21.
This branch has facilitated the alignment of public policies, research and strategic plans and instruments to the National Development Plan. This has been done through the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2020-2025; the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy and Medium Terms Strategic Framework Implementation Plan 2020/21.
The new integrated monitoring and evaluation approach will ensure citizen oversight at ward level. Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of the Provincial MTSF Plan and programmes will be undertaken through Action Work Groups and Clusters to the Provincial Executive Council.
There will be a special focus on:
(i) Monitoring Departmental performance; and
(ii) Coalface service delivery monitoring through Operation Siyahlola.
The Province is steaming ahead with the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM) – having integrated it with Operation Sukuma Sakhe. The District Profiles are in place, coordinated by COGTA and the OSS Champions are rolling out engagements in all districts and finalising the plans and budgets of districts. The DDM model is underpinned by the idea of “One Plan, One Budget” for each district.
All stakeholders are being integrated into one forum per district to ensure the streamlining and effective implementation of all programmes of government. In 2020/2021, we will ensure that stakeholders are fully engaged and empowered to implement the Provincial Stakeholder Co-ordination Strategy.
As already indicated, the finalised Provincial MTSF Implementation Plan is in place and it will be monitored through the Executive Council on a regular basis. This plan is implementation driven, aimed at facilitating tangible results, whilst the higher level plans continue to be reviewed in partnership with our Provincial Planning Commission.
We reiterate that ad hoc, fragmented interventions cannot continue, and planning can no longer be purely compliance driven.
We are determined to ensure that our policies are responding to the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and that we collectively implement and monitor Radical Economic Transformation and reverse the plight of the people of this Province.
The Premier’s Service Excellence Awards has been aligned to the Monitoring and Evaluation of the services and programmes that we provide. Reports of achievements will be linked to service delivery improvement and Operation Siyahlola. We will continue to work with our Stakeholder Coordination Team, Human Resource Development Council and the Training Academy, to develop critical skills for improved planning, policy, and research capacity.
Sub-Programme: Premier’s Priority Programmes (R 97,616 million)
An amount of R96, 616 million has been budgeted for the Premier’s Priority Programmes in 2020/2021.
The Premier’s Priority Programmes include Operation Sukuma Sakhe as an approach to integrated service delivery, Inkululeko Development Project, the Multi-sectoral Provincial Response to HIV and AIDS, TB and STIs, Implementation of the Poverty Eradication Master Plan, the Stakeholder Management.
The branch also supports His Majesty the King and the Royal House.
During the 2019/2020 financial year, the province made tremendous progress – a total of 1,443,350 (One million, four hundred and forty three thousand, and three hundred and fifty) clients were on lifesaving antiretroviral therapy. As of December 2019, four districts – Harry Gwala, uMgungundlovu, uMzinyathi and uMkhanyakude, achieved the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. The medical male circumcision has reached over 1.2 million and the mother to child transmission remains below 1% in most districts. The Provincial Council on AIDS continues to drive the response led by the Premier, MEC’s and Mayors.
The Stakeholder Coordination Branch will continue with key projects implemented in the previous financial year. In the financial year 2020/20221 the Priority Programmes unit will continue to play a meaningful role of leading and mobilising a multi-sectoral response to HIV, AIDS, STIs and TB.
More efforts will be placed on achieving tangible outputs as opposed to processes. The HIV and AIDS Chief Directorate will continue to work with social partners such as the Global Fund, PEPFAR and UNAIDS. This will be to supplement efforts through seconded technical staff and budgets supported by SANAC in particular targeting Adolescent Girls and Young Women and supporting the Provincial Boys and Young Men Programme. The functionality of OSS structures at war room level to intensify the fight is key in this regard.
The Office of the Premier will continue to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the three-year Global Fund grant for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2022. The project is implemented in 5-districts, namely EThekwini, uMgungundlovu, Ugu, King Cetshwayo and Zululand. These resources are channeled through NGOs and CBOs in the province, focusing on Adolescent Girls and Young Women, Men who have Sex with Men, People who Inject Drugs, Sex Workers, Human Rights and strengthening community response systems including building capacity of AIDS Councils.
The PCA Secretariat conducted an AIDS Council functionality assessment in all districts. The assessment indicated functionality at 76% for PCA and an average of 57% of DACs and 47% of LAC. The recommendations from the assessment will be implemented in the financial year 2020/21.
The challenge of gender-based violence continues, and is a driver for the HIV epidemic. Therefore, the Provincial Plan against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide will be aggressively implemented to reduce the scourge of GBV and to reduce the spread of HIV.
Among the key priorities for this financial year will the following:
• Intensified Service Delivery Intervention programmes including dealing with Farm Workers and Farm Dwellers;
• Integration of the Traditional Leadership (including. Amakhosi, Izinduna and Amabutho) as a key Sector into the Moral Regeneration and Social Cohesion Programme;
• Established and implemented Traditional Leadership Sector Sijula Ngengxoxo Programme which is largely about the recognition of the role of Amabutho and Izinduna under the leadership of Amakhosi as the Traditional Sector in their respective communities.
Poverty Eradication Programme
It is established that more than 60% of the people of KwaZulu-Natal live below the poverty line in KwaZulu-Natal. This poverty disproportionately overburdens women, youth, and people living with disabilities in the rural areas.
The Provincial Executive Council has approved the extension of the re-focussed the implementation of the Poverty Eradication Master Plan (PEMP) for a further five years. The Poverty Eradication Master Plan is now being linked to all the Provincial Programmes that address poverty as articulated with RASET and Operation Vula being the anchor programmes.
The Implementation of the Poverty Eradication Master Plan will focus on linking 28 393 (twenty eight thousand, three hundred, and ninety three) service delivery gap cases with interventions. The Programme will also extend its scope of activities to land reform support in terms of profiling identified farm workers and farm dwellers and link them with relevant interventions and the coordination of the resuscitation of production in the land reform farms.
The Office of the Premier will continue to coordinate all departments and stakeholders in the private sector, labour, and communities to wage a relentless war against poverty which will no doubt be exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Financial Year 2020/2021 will see the implementation of the Provincial Stakeholder Coordinating Strategy in the Province. The intended purpose includes:
• Enhancing and strengthening District Multi-Sectorial Stakeholder Dialogues and Engagements (NGO’s and CBOs, Business Labour and Academia, Traditional Leadership Sector);
• Implementing Operation Sukuma Sakhe Programme and Inkululeko Development Projects;
• Coordinating and Conducting Public Service Week; and
• Coordinating and Implementing Human Rights Programmes, Projects and Activities including Persons with Disabilities, Children and Youth Parliaments, Senior Citizens and Veterans.
Sub-Programme: King Support and Royal Household (R71, 344 million)
The role of the Zulu monarchy as a key institution in a democratic dispensation is well recognized by Provincial government. In the 6th administration the monarch still plays a crucial role in supporting government programs and preserving culture.
In 2020/2021, the King Support and Royal House Branch has been allocated R71, 344 million.
The King and Royal House support comes in the form of coordination and management of His Majesty’s traditional and cultural events, providing logistical services and the maintenance of Royal Palaces. The support also includes support to the King’s agricultural activities, looking after the well-being of the Royal House through the KZN Zulu Royal House Trust.
The King Support and Royal House unit will continue to partake in various important national ceremonies and traditional functions of the province. These include the opening of the Provincial Legislature, opening of the Traditional House, hosting various cultural events such as the Reed Dance, First Fruits ceremony (Umkhosi Woselwa), Amaganu ceremonies, Umkhosi woMama, etc. His Majesty, the King will also continue to install Amakhosi statutorily and in terms of traditional customs.
The Zulu Royal House Trust (ZRHT) will continue to render its services to the Royal House, including a much sharper focus on revenue generating activities. A revenue generating plan has been developed. The Trust will perform upgrades, repairs and maintenance to all eight Royal palace (i.e. KwaDlamahlahla, KwaKhethomthandayo, KwaKhangela, KwaLinduzulu, eNyokeni, Osuthu, Ondini and eMachobeni /Ingwavuma).
May we take this opportunity to thank the Director-General of our province, Dr N.O. Mkhize for her stern leadership of the Office of the Premier.
We also wish to pay tribute to the staff of the Office of the Premier for their commitment and dedication. I also wish to thank my family and my political party the ANC for their unwavering support and guidance.
As we spend every rand, let us return to the question of how the scarce resources of the people will be best utilised in the reconstruction and development of our province post-COVID-19.
As Martin Luther King warns, we must thrive together as brothers and sisters, and not perish together as fools who fail to learn from history.
We must sustain and promote the value of unity, collaboration, compassion, and solidarity. We must learn from our mistakes and be determined to sustain the new patriotism that we have recently witnessed. Never again must we quarrel about the urgent need of eradicating gross inequalities among our people, the need for universal healthcare, and the need for all our people to access clean water, decent sanitation, shelter and a regular meal.
Someone remarked that “his is the time to sanitise not only our hands, but also our hearts”. We must use this global pandemic to disinfect our body politic of deadly divisive toxins and work to bring the best out of every citizen and stakeholder in KZN. We are a people of remarkable strength and extraordinary resilience. From this catastrophe, we must be determined to rise from the ashes of destruction and regenerate ourselves for a healthy, united, and prosperous KwaZulu-Natal.
Let us roll up our sleeves and get to work. History has chosen all of us to be the combatants and merchants of hope. Through hard work and unity, we can restore the dignity of our people, rekindle hope, and rebuild our lives.
We dare not linger. We must rise to fulfil the promise of the rainbow and the break of a new dawn.
Together, let us create our common future. And Let us grow KwaZulu-Natal .
Honourable Members, we hereby formally table Vote 1 with a budget of R 800,198 million before the Legislature.
I thank you.