Freedom Front Plus
Freedom Front Plus

Budget vote in parliament: Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (Minister in the Presidency) is superfluous and is failing as 93% of municipalities are dysfunctional

Opposition parties all agree that there is no need for the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

One of the Department’s functions is to monitor the service delivery of national and provincial governmental departments and municipalities. It is known that 93% of our municipalities are dysfunctional or in big trouble and urgently need help.

It means that only 7% of the country’s municipalities are functional and that raises the question of how any service delivery is even possible. Every day, protests about service delivery serve as proof of the problem. What purpose is there to monitoring and evaluating something that is no longer functional?

The Department was established in 2012 as part of the National Development Plan (NDP) with the sole purpose of rolling out the NDP. After six years, the FF Plus is not convinced that the government and the Department are serious about the NDP.

It does, however, seem like President Cyril Ramaphosa is serious about the plan. After six years, surely enough planning has been done? So, that division of the Department is not needed anymore. The NDP is available.

The Department’s role must now become one of implementing so that someone, who has the necessary experience and competence, can take the lead seeing that is not happening at the respective divisions of the Department. It is failure all around. A third of the time that was set aside to implement the NDP has already gone by.

South Africa would have been a much better place for us all had policies and plans, like the NDP, been implemented correctly and in good time and if the state’s coffers were not looted over the last 24 years.

The Department must be reformed to fulfil an implementation function. If that happens and if all the role players, like the NDP commissioners, are involved, it will surely benefit South Africa.

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