- The action is in fulfilment of his promise in February to do so
- The targets emphasise the elimination of wasteful expenditure
- All targets are expected to be met between now and the end of 2024
South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has set performance targets for his ministers in a move to increase their accountability between now and 2024.
The targets are contained in the performance agreements that were recently published on the government website after they were signed by Ramaphosa and individual ministers.
In February, Ramaphosa promised to sign performance agreements that were based on the targets set in the medium-term strategic framework to instil transparency and accountability. While each minister has his or her targets specified, there is a common thread in expenditure and auditing of finances.
The following are highlights of the targets for some individual minsters:
- Justice and Correctional Services: Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola must ensure there is an audio-visual remand system rolled out in 60 courts and virtual court hearings in 21 chief magistrate courts. Lamola must also provide resources to ensure establishing Specialised Commercial Crime Courts in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Eastern Cape and Free State within five years.
- Transport: Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is tasked with the upgrading, refurbishment and maintenance of approximately 20 000 km of road network. He is also to ensure 10% of road freight is transferred to rail by 2024. Amid the challenge of the non-payment of toll fees, Mbalula must develop a strategy for the implementation of the “user pay principle” and ensure that there is 100% compliance by 2024.
- Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu is mandated to ensure improved coverage of social grants for orphans and vulnerable children through the extended child social grants. Zulu has until 2021 to come up with legislation and regulation and “with concurrence of the Minister of Finance, ensure implementation of the extended child social grant by 2024.” That includes ensuring that 20.1 million eligible beneficiaries are recipients of social grants by 2024.
- Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille is tasked with creating jobs through Job Summit commitments, Operation Phakisa and other public sector employment programmes. She has been given a target to ensure that five million expanded public works programme work opportunities are created by 2024. De Lille, along with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, has to ensure that a R100 billion Infrastructure Fund is established and operationalised by 2024. De Lille will also lead the process for the establishment of the New City in South Africa along with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
- Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has to provide leadership and resources to ensure that the Border Management Agency is incrementally rolled out and operational by 2024. Motsolaedi will also ensure that 100% of 106 foreign missions are equipped with the eVisa system by 2025.
- Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has been assigned to ensure that the National Health Insurance fund is established as a public entity and operational in 2021-22.
- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s targets include capacitating the South African Revenue Service, through the establishment of an illicit economy unit, and ensuring that the R100 billion Infrastructure Fund is constituted.
- Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, together with Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, is tasked with leading and coordinating the refurbishment and transformation of identified cities into smart cities. Also among Dlamini Zuma’s targets is supporting adequate municipal spending on the Municipal Infrastructure Grant fund to address infrastructure backlogs.
- Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been mandated to ensure 5G spectrum licensing and commencement of roll out by March 2024. She is expected to issue policy direction for 5G by December 2021 and ensure 80% of the population have access to the internet by 2024.
Most ministers are expected to ensure 100% elimination of wasteful and fruitless expenditure, 75% reduction of irregular expenditure and maintain unqualified audit opinion by 2024.