Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Budget Speech


17 May 2017

Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Jeff Radebe,  gave his Budget Vote Speech on the 17 May 2017.


Honourable Speaker
Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Buti Manamela
Ministers and Deputy Ministers
Acting Director-General, Mr Tshediso Matona
Chairperson and Members of the Portfolio Committee
Commissioners of the National Planning Commission present here
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Honourable Members
Our Distinguished Guests in the Gallery
Ladies and Gentlemen


I have the honour to table this budget vote for the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). This year marks what would have been the 100th birthday of the liberation struggle stalwart and the longest serving President of the African National Congress, Oliver Reginald Tambo.

As you know His Excellency President Zuma has declared 2017 as The Year of OR Tambo, in honour of this icon.

In addition, this year, in August, it will be five years since the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 was adopted by parliament by consensus of all political parties (and later by cabinet) as our country’s long-term vision and roadmap, which enjoys broad support across society.

The budget vote presents an opportunity for us as government and the country to assess our performance in pursuit of inclusive growth and socio-economic development, and to chart a way forward for the remainder of the mandate of the current administration.

This budget vote also takes place in the aftermath of credit downgrades of the country by two prominent ratings agencies, with an imminent additional rating by another agency any time soon. This is a major setback in our journey towards creating a better and more prosperous South Africa.


Madam Speaker,

The centenary of OR Tambo demands of us to reflect on the life of this colossus of the liberation struggle, and to keep in mind his vision and mission as we take a retrospective view on the road we have traversed as a nation, and how we move forward.

OR Tambo’s life is intertwined with the trajectory of our liberation struggle. Tambo selflessly dedicated his life to the struggle for freedom and equality for all the people of South Africa regardless of colour or creed. Tambo was a unifier, a sincere servant of the people, with a strong conviction that true freedom and democracy could only be expressed through a better life for all.


Honourable Members,

It remains true that South Africa is a better place to live in compared to the pre-democracy era, and the lives of the majority of ordinary South Africans have improved since the dawn of democracy.

Our economy grew at an average of 3.2% a year from 1994 to 2012, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased in real terms from R1.6 trillion in 1994 to just over R3 trillion in 2015. Employment has grown from 9.5 million persons in 1994 to 16 million at the end of 2015.

Access to housing and basic services has improved through the construction of four million new houses since 1994, and increasing connections to electricity to 95% of households and piped water to 85% of households.

The social protection system has expanded to cover more than 17 million recipients, lifting millions of children and old people out of severe poverty.

From 2001 to 2011 poverty has halved, and the percentage of households that experienced hunger has decreased from 23,8% to 11,3%.

South Africans are a heathier population and live longer. Total life expectancy at birth has increased from 56.4 years in 2009 to 62.4 years in 2016, with StatsSA estimating it to be 67 years in 2017.

We are among the leading countries to reach near universal access to basic education, at 98% of 7 to 15 year olds in schools. Eligible TVET students receiving financial assistance annually increased from 188 182 in 2012 to 235 988 in 2015; and students enrolled at universities increased from 950 000 in 2012 to 985 212 in 2015.


Madam Speaker and Honourable Members,

We recount these indicators of progress not to be complacent, but to draw inspiration from our achievements in our mission to build a nation inspired by the vision of Oliver Tambo.

Our challenges remain daunting: We have not made the required progress in promoting inclusive growth and transforming the economy and society for the benefit of the black majority of our citizens.

The economy is underperforming relative to its potential, and thus impeding our ability to decisively address the trio challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

The brunt of unemployment is borne mostly by youth, who are the majority in our population.

Ownership of the economy by black people, as measured by shareholding on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, is still minuscule.

Black people are not beneficiaries of mineral resources in the ground, which are overwhelmingly owned by large pre-dominantly white-owned companies. As Karl Marx said “he who owns the gold writes the contract.”

The majority of black people still do not own the land in which they were born. Only 8 million hectares of arable land have been transferred to black people, which is only 9.8% of the 82.4 million hectares of arable land in the republic.

Beyond containing extreme poverty, the challenge is for us to reduce income inequality in order to minimise dependence on social grants and free basic infrastructure. This requires that we accelerate inclusive growth to enable more and more people to earn income from direct participation in the economy and the labour market, and from various forms of enterprise.

This is our country’s overriding priority.

Honourable Members,

Government has identified the fight against corruption as one of our key priorities.  The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes states that corruption weakens democratic institutions, and hampers economic growth and development. Informed by the NDP, we have committed ourselves to a whole-of- government and societal approach in the fight against corruption, in both the private and public sectors.

This past Sunday we launched a discussion document as a basis for nation-wide consultations towards a National Anti-Corruption Strategy. In this regard, we will be undertaking public engagements in all provinces and with various sectors, with the aim to have the Strategy finalised by the end of the second quarter of this financial year.


Honourable Members,

Viewed against the background I have just outlined, it is clear that the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 is our nation’s blueprint and programme to build on our achievements, and to decisively confront our challenges.

The NDP is the overarching plan that seeks to fulfil the aspirations of the majority of South Africans, and black people in particular. It underpins our developmental endeavours, and informs the policies and strategies spearheaded by government.

OR Tambo said: “Racial discrimination, South Africa’s economic power, its oppression and exploitation of all the black peoples, are part and parcel of the same thing.” In this way, OR was forewarning that political freedom would be meaningless without economic freedom. Freedom must come with the full enjoyment of rights to human dignity, decent employment, education, food, shelter, and equal opportunities, among others.

Radical socio-economic transformation is premised on this perspective, and its core objective is to expedite the fundamental changes required for black people to attain true economic freedom. In this sense, the NDP is the programme to advance radical economic transformation.

If he was still alive, OR would be a leading advocate and supporter of the National Development Plan, as a vision and programme that embodies much of what he stood for, along with other struggle icons – Madiba, Sisulu, Slovo, Kathrada, Biko, to name a few.

The most fitting tribute that we can pay to this gallant leader is to reaffirm the relevance of the NDP, and to strive to implement it with unity of purpose and decisiveness.

For this purpose, we need to more assertively and creatively exploit the strategic levers at the disposal of government – including the budget, legislation; procurement; licences; transformation charters, development finance institutions and state-owned companies. We need better coordination, coherence and accountability.

6.         THE ROLE OF DPME

In this context, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) has a key strategic role to play.

As DPME, we have been entrusted with the daunting task of serving as the custodians of this noble plan — the NDP Vision 2030. In addition to the programmes we are undertaking, we are promoting awareness of the Plan through an NDP branding campaign.

We are grateful to departments and entities that are co-branding the NDP corporate image. The more people know about the NDP, the more they embrace its vision.

The mandate of DPME is to ensure that government programmes advance the NDP and achieve the desired outcomes and impact, and to promote improved implementation.

Our departure point is that we have an overarching long-term national development plan in the NDP, towards which government has prioritised 14 measurable Outcomes in its current Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019, as the first five year implementation agenda for the NDP. These outcomes include Quality Basic Education, Improved Health Standards, Reducing Crime, Creating Jobs and Infrastructure Development, Nation Building and Social Cohesion.

Through our monitoring function, DPME’s task is to report to government through Cabinet (which we do on a quarterly basis), as well as report to the nation, on our performance against our objectives, and to do so without fear or favour.

No plan or strategy to achieve long-term socio-economic change can succeed without a mechanism to periodically measure performance and provide critical feedback to ensure we improve our collective efforts and results.

To this end, as is tradition at the mid-point of each administration, government conducts a thorough assessment of performance of our plans and programmes, and on this basis to chart a way forward. This exercise is led by the DPME, based on the reports of departments, and drawing on independent evidence and data.

Preliminary findings indicate that government is implementing and monitoring too many priorities. We now need to focus on a limited set of apex priorities that will give us maximum impact for the remainder of the current electoral cycle.

This emphases the importance of strategic planning and the need to further institutionalise the discipline of planning in government.

The changes that the state must implement are complex and have a long-term time-frame, which requires sound planning and effective coordination.

The aim is to streamline and consolidate the overall government planning system and related legislation, in order to better advance the implementation of the NDP in an integrated manner.

Another key area is the alignment of planning and budget allocations to NDP priorities across government. Despite several reforms since 1994 to improve the resource allocation process, including the Public Finance Management Act, the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), there is widely felt the need to strengthen the alignment of the national budget to NDP goals and targets.

At its August 2016 Lekgotla, Cabinet has therefore decided that DPME, with National Treasury, must review government expenditure and plans prior to the start of the formal budget process, to ensure that the budget receives stronger political guidance and supports government priorities. This exercise will culminate in a Budget Mandate Paper that DPME will produce annually before National Treasury allocates the budget.

We are currently working on adjustments to the responsibility for spatial planning. Between myself and the Ministers of Rural Development and Land Reform, and of Cooperative Governance, we have agreed to reassign key functions in the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and some to the Department of Cooperative Government.

The Role of the National Planning Commission (NPC)

The President appointed the second National Planning Commission in September 2015, as an independent body of experts to advise on planning issues, and in particular to promote the implementation of the NDP across different sectors of society. This Commission took the baton from the first NPC which produced the NDP.

This Commission, of which I am the Chairperson, is a vital component of the institutional make up of planning in the country. The NPC is already adding value through thoughtful critiques of our performance in implementing the NDP, in particular resource allocation for NDP priorities, enriching various aspects of the Plan through targeted research, and engaging various stakeholders outside government to raise awareness about the NDP and strengthen support for it, and thus promoting the active citizenry that the NDP calls for. DPME is integrating the NPC’s advice into our work.

To achieve these reforms, DPME has been developing an overarching policy to further institutionalise planning and to frame legislation for this area. 

Operation Phakisa

DPME is the custodian of the Operation Phakisa methodology borrowed from Malaysia’s Big, Fast Results. This tool is proving helpful to government and other key role-players in unlocking delivery in key areas of priority espoused in the NDP. We are undertaking Operation Phakisa initiatives in the Oceans Economy, in Health, Education, Mining and Agriculture sectors.

Since its launch by President Zuma in July 2014, Operation Phakisa in the Ocean Economy has unlocked R7, 323 billion in both public sector and private sector investments, and a total of 6 952 jobs have been created.

The Phakisa: ICT in education has also been progressing since its launch in 2016, with the deployment of devices in schools, and 2884 schools receiving mobile trolley tablets for learners, and 221 special schools being connected, with 125 Teacher Resource Centres connected out of 147.  Progress has also been made in the development of e-content, with 978 schools having received OpenView HD in the 2016/17 financial year.

In the health sector, progress is being made to convert primary health centres into Ideal Clinics. In the health sector, progress is being made to transform Primary Health Care facilities into Ideal Clinics. Of the targeted 2,823 facilities by 2019, a total of 824 have reached ideal clinic status since the initiative started in November 2014.

The Operation Phakisa for Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform was launched in September 2016, co-hosted by DPME and the Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Rural Development and Land Reform, with the participation of key industry stakeholders.

Participants agreed to 27 key initiatives pertaining to grains, livestock, horticulture, producer support, rural development, land reform, and labour.

Socio-Economic Impact Assessments (SEIAS)

In February 2015, Cabinet approved the Socio-Economic Impact Assessments programme (SEIAS) to improve the development of policies, legislation and regulations, in line with NDP objectives. SEIAS assists government to mitigate against the unintended consequences of new and existing legislation and regulations. It is also applied to major Strategies, Plans, Magistrate Court Rules, Charters and Frameworks. Cabinet approval for any of these will not be obtained a SEIAS being undertaken. 

Monitoring the Payment of Suppliers within 30 Days

Non-payment of suppliers negatively impacts on sustainability of small businesses, and therefore on economic growth and employment creation. DPME is tasked with the responsibility to ensure that departments and state agencies meet their PFMA/MFMA obligation to pay suppliers within 30 days. This work is yielding positive results. In the short time since DPME took on this task, we have intervened in a total of 207 cases of non-payment of valid invoices, and R327 million has been paid to service providers, as at end of March 2016.Through this intervention, we are positioning the DPME as a gateway to government services for entrepreneurs.


In order to assess whether or not our plans are achieving their intended results, we carry our evaluations to determine the underlying reasons, and recommend improvements. For this purpose, the target is policies and programmes that are strategic to the NDP. To date, a total 59 NEP evaluations have been undertaken covering over R100 billions of government expenditure.

We are promoting the discipline of evaluations as part of institutionalising evidence-based planning in government.

Budget Allocation

Honourable Members and fellow South Africans,

DPME has been allocated a total budget of R923 million for the 2017/18 financial year, which is expected to increase to R942 million and R996 million respectively over the MTEF.

The Department’s budget for the 2017/18 financial year includes a transfer payment to the National Youth Development Agency of R433 million. The  2017/18 funding allocations per programme are as follows:

Administration: R168 million

National Planning Coordination: R55 million (for NPC costs, SEIAS, Strategic Plans & APPs)

Sector Planning and Monitoring: R52 million (mostly compensation and travel costs)

Public Sector Monitoring and Capacity Development: R40 million (for MPAT, Local Government Monitoring)

Frontline and Citizen Based Monitoring: R57 million (including Presidential Hotline and Siyahlola Projects)

Evidence and Knowledge Systems: R109 million (including National Income Dynamics Study, Evaluations and Research)

Youth Development: R442 million (mainly transfer to NYDA)

The Department is currently implementing its revised organisational structure with a view to increasing the capacity to more effectively execute our mandate.

We will utilise our budget conscious of the constrained economic and fiscal environment.

It is worth mentioning that the Department has obtained clean audit opinions for the previous four financial years. The audit for the 2016/17 financial year is underway, and we are confident we will continue the track record of clean audits and good governance.


Madame Speaker and Honourable Members,

The challenges that we face today as the South African nation are not insurmountable. They require that as compatriots we work together, and work harder, accelerate the achievement of inclusive growth and socio-economic development, so that we can overcome unemployment, poverty and inequality in our nation.

Let me conclude with inspirational words from Ben Okri’s poem, “Turn on your Light:”

Only free people can make a free world

Infect the world with your light

Help fulfil the golden prophecies

Press forward the human genius

Our future is greater than our past.

Indeed, our future is greater than our past. Our future is NDP.

I therefore request this house to support the 2017/2018 budget of the DPME.

Thank you. 


17 May 2017

Honourable Speaker
Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as Youth Development and Administration, Mr Jeff Radebe
Ministers and Deputy Ministers
Honourable members
Acting Director General, Tshediso Matona and other staff members from the DPME
Ladies and gentlemen

Last week, the nation was shocked as it heard the gruesome details surrounding the death of Karabo Mokoena, a young woman from Gauteng who succumbed to death allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend.  Since then, the bodies of Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe were found dumped in some bushes, raped and then shot dead.

Just last weekend, radio personality and actor Mandla Hlatswayo was shot dead as he was reportedly trying to protect young women from being robbed.  Today, in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, 11 men will appear in connection with the rape and kidnapping of a 22-year-old woman. 

These are stories that puts me as a young man and leader amongst the youth to shame.  It makes me angry that young women in our society are no longer safe and have to look at all times behind their shoulders for fear of rape, robbery or death from us. 

There are thousands of young women who suffer in silence, afraid to reach out to a society that should be protecting them.  

As a leader amongst young people, I wish to unequivocally proclaim today that real men do not beat up women. 

Real men respect women.  I encourage more young men to stand up and be men of integrity and courage, to stand up and proclaim that enough is enough and to stand up and demand an end to the senseless and violent onslaught against our mothers and sisters.

Words alone will not instil fear in the hearts and minds of vampires roaming our streets, but solid and firm action from our communities will, as we say, Enough is Enough.

Our government is working tirelessly to confront head on the challenges that face our youth in general, and young women in particular.

The Deputy President launched the “She Conquers” campaign last year.  The campaign is about decreasing new HIV infections in girls and young women; decreasing teen pregnancies; keeping girls in school till matric; decreasing gender based violence and increasing economic opportunities for young people.

Honourable House Chairperson

There is increasing attention placed on the plight of young people at a global, continental and national level. 

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly in December 2016, the Secretary General reminded the member nations that “the United Nations must empower young people, increase their participation in society and their access to education, training and jobs.” 

The African Union’s theme for 2017 of “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth” calls upon its member states to make the necessary investments in youth in order to take advantage of the demographic dividend that Africa’s youth population presents. 

As the department responsible for the coordination of youth development across government, the DPME is well placed to ensure that governments youth development approach aligns with the priorities of the National Development Plan 2030 and the National Youth Policy 2020.   

The Presidential Youth Working Group Task Team of Deputy Minister appointed by the President in 2014 continues to place youth development at the apex of government’s overall agenda and frequently reports to the President and Cabinet on its work.

One of the key programmes that the Task Team championed was the revision of Preferential Procurement Regulations, commonly known as set asides

The purpose of the set asides is aimed at increasing access to government procurement by requiring that 30% be subcontracted to support small business, young people, women and people with disability.

Government has responded positively to the loud call by young, especially black entrepreneurs, to increase their access to government procurement. 

It is now up to youth owned enterprises to ensure that they take advantage of these opportunities by demonstrating their value proposition and ensuring that government gets value for money. 

I would like to call upon big and established business to open their doors and follow suit, and do business with young entrepreneurs.

We will build a common understanding in the implementation of these set asides, as well as monitor the implementation by all spheres of government and State Owned Enterprises to ensure that young entrepreneurs benefit from these regulations.  

Drugs and substance abuse is a major scourge to our society and robs the present and future of far too many young lives.  The DPME commissioned an evaluation of the National Drug Master Plan

The evaluation noted that the plan appropriately covered the three pillars of harm reduction, demand reduction and supply reduction. 

However, the evaluation also identified policy incoherence around harm reduction, with law enforcement criminalising users and addicts and thereby working against the public health approach of restorative justice.

The evaluation also identified the need for the plan to provide implementation details for subnational levels of government and the need to sufficiently translate this macro-plan in sector plans or Annual Performance Plans (APPs).

Drugs and substance abuse have cause much pain in our society and families, however the evaluation concludes that the real size and scope of the substance abuse problem in South Africa remains unknown as it is insufficiently researched.

We are working with the Department of Social Development as well as other key departments in the Social Cluster and social partners, to enhance the effectiveness of our interventions. 

We will continue to vigilantly monitor the implementation of these interventions. 

The DPME has now established in its structure a Youth Branch. This will ensure that we have additional capacity to effectively perform our role of coordinating youth development in the country and ensuring maximum impact.

In the 2017/18 financial year, we will table the National Youth Development Agency Amendment Bill before Parliament. 

We will be consulting stakeholders on the amendments and will finalise the amendments within the next few months. 

Along with these, we have also initiated the process of developing a national Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the National Youth Policy. 

The framework will ensure effective Monitoring and Evaluation of high impact prioritized interventions of the NYP 2020 as well as the institutionalization of youth development across government.

The President recently announced the names of the incoming Board members of the NYDA.  We congratulate the incoming Board members and wish them well in their new role of providing governance and strategic direction to the agency.

As the key implementing agency for youth development in the

country, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has

been allocated a budget of R430 million.  The NYDA will focus on primarily on youth entrepreneurship and National Youth Service. 

Young people have demanded more access to NYDA services. 

The NYDA will open four new branches over the next two years in Ekurhuleni, Richards Bay, OR Tambo region in the Eastern Cape and Newcastle in KwaZulu Natal, which shall extend its services to more young people. 

Furthermore, the NYDA has positively responded to the call of young people and all branches shall be equipped with free Wi-Fi services to provide young people with access to technology.

The soon to be launched NYDA app will become another platform for youth to connect to their agency. 

In the 2016 / 2017 financial year, the NYDA has provided 700 young entrepreneurs with grant funding to assist them with starting and growing their own businesses, while 60 000 young aspiring and established entrepreneurs have been provided with Business Development Services.  The agency will invest R72 million in economic participation programmes in the 2017/2018 financial year.

This will result in over 800 new entrepreneurs being funded through developmental finance with the creation of more than 3 000 jobs in numerous sectors.

In the 2016/17 financial year, the NYDA provided over 400 young people with full scholarships through the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund while 950 000 young people have been provided with group and individual career guidance. 

A further 500 young people have been provided with technical skills training that will enable them to become artisans. 

About 70 000 young people have participated in the jobs programme aimed at providing them with life skills and job preparedness training.

A further R80 million will be invested towards education; jobs and skills development in 2017/2018. 

This will see 5 000 young people being placed in available job opportunities; 500 students will receive scholarships through the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund and 60 000 young people will be provided with skills development training.  

The NYDA will spend R46 million in 2017/2018 to support the National Youth Service Programme. 

A reconfigured National Youth Service Unit will develop norms and standards for NYS programmes; build the capacity of NYS implementers; create a Central Information Management System; register NYS projects and implement a national communications and marketing plan. 

Our citizens deserve decent, good quality and timeous services.  The DPME’s Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring assesses the quality of government services rendered to the public. 

The voices of citizens are critical to our monitoring approach.  In 2016/17 the DPME conducted 199 frontline monitoring visits, including unannounced and improvement monitoring visits. 

In this financial year the DPME will double its efforts and conduct at least 400 visits in the existing sectors being monitored across all provinces.  Forty-one visits have already been conducted. 

Our citizen-based monitoring method continues to strengthen the use of citizen feedback at multiple levels for improved services. 

It also strengthens the role of existing participatory forums including community police forums, clinic committees, ward committees, and community-based organisations in service delivery improvements.

The youth development agenda is complex. 

Young people want solutions now. 

They are tired of waiting. 

We are playing and will continue to play a strong coordinating role in directing youth development; ensuring that youth priorities are adequately met; monitoring services and developing evidence based policies and programmes that advance the youth development agenda. 

Citizens, including young people must play their part too in helping to monitor government services.  Together we must safeguard community assets and build responsive and caring services for all our citizens. 

To the young women, I leave you with the words of the beautiful and strong Maya Angelou, who said “leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise; into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise, I rise, I rise”

I thank you. 



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