The Presidency: Minister's Budget Speech


13 Jun 2011


Address by the Minister for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Collins Chabane on the occasion of the Budget Vote for The Presidency

14 Jun 2011

Muambeli wa Phalamende,

Tshanda tsha muambeli wa phalamende,

Muthomphei pressdent Jacob Zuma,

Muthomphei tshanda tsha President Kgalema Motlante,

Mirado i thompheaho,

Vhaeni vho thompheaho,

Vhanna na Vhafumakadzi,

Namusi ndi khoupfa hafhu ndo hulisea ndi khodo amba na vhoiwe mirado i thompheaho, ngaha Mugaganyagwama wa tshipida tshikondaho tsha ofisi ya Phuresidenthe ya muvhuso washu.

Uri ri kone u vhona uri ofisi ya Phuresidenthe i khou shuma nga ndila yone mushumo wayo, ri tea u dzudzanya hafhu ofisi ya Phuresidenthe u itela uri ri kone u sedzana na dzikhayedu dzine rakhou tangana nadzo. Hezwi zwitouvha zwithu zwonokhou bvela phanda, saizwi mushumo wa ofisi ya Phuresidenthe u tshivha wo no kho tou bvela phanda. Hezwi zwi tanzielwa ngauri Afurika Tshipembe lo dzheniswa kha BRICKS na u vhonalesa ha Dziphuresidenthe dzi tshi dzhenelela khau fhelisa dzikhakhathi kha dzhango la Africa.

Mahola roamba uri ri khou sedzulusa lutingo lwa kha Phuresidenthe zwitshi tevhela u pfuluwa hayo itshiya kha Muhasho wau Thogomela nau Sedzulusa Mashumele, Ro dovha hafhu ra amba uri ri do thoma zwinwe zwine zwadou thusedza uri lutingo ulu lu khwinefhadzwe mashumele. Namusi ndi nga takalela u vha divhadza uri nga ngoho hu khouvha na mvelaphanda, na lutingo lukhou bvela phanda nau shandukisa matshilo a vhadzulapo vha Afurika Tshipembe vha no kho shumisa holu lutingo.

Lutingo holu lwakha Phuresidenthe loitelwa u khwinisa ndisedzo ya tshumelo kha vhathu, nau kona u sedzulusa mashumele a muvhuso kha ndisedzo ya tshumelo. Tsipikwa tsha lutingo ulu ndi tshauri vhadzulapo vhakone u swikelela kha muvhuso, nauri vhudipfi na dzimbudziso dzavho zwi konou dzhielwa ntha.

I am pleased to announce that the hotline reached another milestone on the 24 May this year when it clogged the 100 000th query. This proves how important the hotline has become, to the people of South Africa.

As at end of March this year a total number of over 95 000 calls had been logged nationally, of which over 71 000 were complaints. Of the total calls logged over 67 000 calls have been resolved, which puts the resolution percentage at 70%. The ministries received a total number of 29 000 calls and over 22 000 calls have been resolved which puts the resolution percentage at 78%. The provinces received a total number of over 29 000 calls.

A total of over 8 000 calls have been resolved to date, which puts the resolution percentage at 28%. This is low and provinces need to improve their responses and resolve issues raised by the public.

We are aware that there are still challenges with responding to all of the queries received and that there are people still awaiting assistance. We would like to assure our people that we are in the process of addressing those challenges, but progress we have made thus far shows that the hotline is maturing with time.

Hi n’wheti ya Mudyaxihi n’wanxemu, Presidente u thorile Komiti ya ku Xiyaxiya xiyimo xa Mabindzu ya mfumo kumbe lama lawuriwaka hi mfumo. Tani hi leswi Presidente se va vuleke leswaku komiti leyi se yi fambile ndzima yo nyawula ku ya eku hetisiseni ka xiviko xa yona.

Komiti leyi ya ha ku endla xirhambo xa swibumabumelo ku suka eka vanhu, leswi swi languteriweke ku va na mpfuno eku hetisiseni ka xiviko lexi. Hambi swi ri tano i swa nkoka ku kombisa leswaku nkumbetelo lowu nyikiweke hi komiti wu vula leswaku komiti yi ta kota ku va yi hetisisile xiviko xa yona hi n’wheti ya Nyenyankulu hi lembe ra magidi-mbirhi na khumembirhi (2012). Leswi swi vangiwa ngopfu hi ku kula ka ntirho wa kona na ku tsotsombha ka bajete. Kambe hambi swi ri tano hi na nhlana wa ku boxa leswaku xiviko xi ta va xi herile hi n’wheti ya Nyenyankulu haxawa.

Hi tlhela hi tirhisa nkarhi lowu ku tekela enhlokweni na ku khensa Mabindzu hinkwawo ya mfumo na Tindzawulo lava va nyikeke ntirhisano eka komiti leyi. Maendlele ya ku pima, lama ya tekelekaka enhlokweni na le ka matiko mambe na wona ya hetiwile, naswona hi khensa vatirhisani-kulorhi na matiko mambe ku katsa na matiko lawa ya ngheneleleke na ku pfulela komiti leyi tivanti.

Honourable members with regard to our work to tackle corruption, work is proceeding very well. We continue to improve the coordination of government efforts against corruption.

The Department for Public Service and Administration, Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster and National Treasury has announced measures and progress we are making in this area. Corruption remains a challenge in our society and we need to double our efforts to eradicate it.

Another critically important task of this Ministry is to oversee activities relating to the development and empowerment of young people in our country. It is significant that we are tabling this budget vote two days before the country commemorates Youth Day on 16 June. This Youth Month marks the second anniversary since we established the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) on 16 June 2009 to mainstream and integrate youth development in all sectors of our society. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the Soweto and related uprisings.

The activities of the 35th anniversary of that historic day are organised under the theme “Youth Action for Economic Freedom in Our Lifetime.” This is in recognition and commitment to address the economic conditions that face young people. Research reveals that youth unemployment is 45% by narrow definition and over 60% by the broad definition. We cannot continue to ignore this reality, we should respond accordingly.

Government has adopted the National Youth Policy for 2009 to 2014 which is an essential planning tool guiding the country’s approach to youth development. This policy document contains inherent commitments by government, young South Africans and society at large on interventions and services that would have to be rolled out to ensure effective and efficient mainstreaming of youth development in the socio-economic mainstream.

South Africa has also ratified the African Youth Charter, which provides a framework for youth development programming across the African Union member states and we are participating in all continental and international fora on youth development.

Today’s youth activism is directed towards successfully tackling the challenges of combating poverty, unemployment, under development and HIV and AIDS. Through the NYDA we have made various strides in a number of areas including plans to fight poverty through broadening youth economic participation, youth skills development programmes, and the promotion of youth civic participation. This includes promoting social cohesion and the culture of volunteerism that was an integral part in the fight for democracy.

It is important to continuously evaluate progress of the work we are doing in youth development. Thus far we have provided business funding to over R66,7 million to youth owned enterprises, supporting over 23 900 young entrepreneurs with business loan finance. In addition over 5 000 young entrepreneurs were issued with business consultancy services vouchers to help them access services such as business plans, company registrations and marketing plans.

Honourable Members government has declared this year a year of job creation, through the NYDA we have sustained just over 60 000 jobs through various initiatives including the Enterprise Finance and Business Development Services programmes. We have linked 11 000 young people to job opportunities through the NYDA Jobs and Opportunities Seekers' Database. We have also trained 500 artisans through the NYDA’s Accelerated Artisans and Skills Training Programme.

We encourage government departments and the private sector to recruit from this database. In the area of skills development over 152, 000 young people including 84 644 participating in the National Youth Service Programme were trained.

We have enrolled over 2 000 young people in the National Senior Certificate second chance programme to assist them to acquire matriculation certificates. Furthermore, a number of disadvantaged schools have been supported with donations of mobile science laboratories to help increase the enrolment and performance of physical science learners.

The NYDA has also expanded over the past two years, increasing its network to 144 access points across all provinces, resulting in increased accessibility to NYDA services to more young people.

As government we are mindful that youth development does not only take place during Youth Month, but is a service that requires all our energies and participation 365 days of the year. A number of government departments also have youth programmes; however we want to make an appeal to all departments to establish youth directorates to coordinate youth development within their line of work. The NYDA will be contacting departments to provide guidelines. As the government, through the NYDA, departments and many of our partners, we will continue to prioritise the development of young people.

In the current financial year (2011/12), the NYDA will focus on the following:

  • Continuing to increase its access points throughout the country by establishing partnerships with municipalities to open new offices.
  • Finalise the Integrated Youth Development Strategy to guide the implementation of youth development programmes across all spheres of society. This strategy is at an advance stage and should be completed this year; it is now in the process of extensive consultation among stakeholders.
  • More youth will be supported with Business Consultancy Vouchers. business opportunities support services, and mentorship.
  • 2 500 companies will be registered with CIPRO as part of the NYDA partnership with CIPRO.
  • R40 million will be set aside to be accessed by youth owned small and medium enterprises.
  • Over 12 900 of jobs will be created through various NYDA programmes ranging from Business Consultancy Vouchers, business opportunities support services, and mentorship programmes.
  • 50 000 youth will be enrolled in National Youth Service programme including the National Rural Youth Service.
  • Over 18 000 youth will be provided with various skills covering critical areas such as business management skills, life skills and job preparedness skills.
  • The organisation will work in partnership with other stakeholder to raise over R90 million which will go into the National Youth Fund.

Honourable members, last year Parliament appropriated R29 million that made it possible for the NYDA to host the World Youth Festival in December last year. This R29 million coupled with the assistance of other role players enabled the conference to produce a declaration which is being presented in all our international engagements on youth.

This declaration is expected to be discussed at the African Union Summit and at the United Nations General Assembly later this year. The festival report has been taken through government processes and will be presented to Parliament in the near future.

Turning to the budget, The Presidency received an amount of R819,793 million for the 2011/12 financial year. For the administration of The Presidency an amount of R345,308 million has been allocated. The National Planning Commission is allocated R83,822 million for the 2011/12 financial year and an amount of R385,853 million is allocated to the National Youth Development Agency.

The Presidency is ready to respond to the challenges and deliver on its mandate. We remain committed to improve government delivery and build a performance orientated state.

Finally, I would like to thank the Director-General and all staff members for their commitment and dedication to their work.

Honourable members, it is my pleasure to commend The Presidency budget vote to the house.

I thank you.

Issued by: The Presidency
14 Jun 2011


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