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Premier welcomes NCOP delegation to province

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Welcoming a National Council of Provinces (NCOP) delegation in the Legislature on Tuesday, Premier Stanley Mathabatha said the audit outcomes and trends for the 2013/14 Financial Year paint an improving picture in the provincial departments. The delegation is conducting an oversight visit to the province this week.
“Although most of our departments continue to improve in their audit outcomes, there are a few that have not moved, and some have regressed. The Executive Council has since instructed the Executive Management of all departments and entities to develop action plans to address these audit findings,” Mathabatha said. “These action plans will be a standing agenda item in the Executive Management meetings of all government departments and public entities. In the same vein, HODs and CEOs are now required to report monthly to the Provincial Treasury and the HOD’s Forum on progress made in clearing the audit findings.”
He gave the assurance that the province appreciated the NCOP’s work as a necessary step in the deepening and consolidation of the doctrine of participatory democracy and freedom.
The theme of the provincial financial week visit is: “Advancing the development agenda of our municipalities for a better life for our people”
With this in mind the Cooperative Governance Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC Makoma Makhurupetje provided a detailed report on the work the province are doing with regard to the:
Financial state of municipalities in the province
Administrative, financial and governance support to municipalities
Municipalities under administration or interventions and support mechanisms put in place
Programmes and initiatives to address critical challenges and problems pertaining to effective sustainable provision of basic services, and the important issue of spending on the Municipal Infrastructure Grant.
Mathabatha said he was happy to report that the Limpopo Development Plan has been finalised. “We now have a blueprint that clearly defines the socio-economic development agenda of this province.”
Underpinning this plan are 10 high-level development targets to be attained by 2020. These are:
The achievement of an economic growth rate of 3% revised in the light of the current performance of the global economy
The creation of 429 000 jobs
Increased access to basic water from 83% in 2014 to 90%
Increased access to electricity supply from 83% in 2014 to 90%
Increased access to sanitation from 43% in 2014 to 50%
Increased Matric Pass Rate from 72% in 2014 to at least 80%
Increased Geographic Gross Product contribution to the national GDP from 7.15% in 2014 to 9%
Reduction of the unemployment rate from 16.9% in 2014 to 14%
Increased average life expectancy from 58.3 in males in 2014 to 60, and 62.5 in females in 2014 to 65, and above all
Reduction of inequality in terms of the Gini coefficient from 0.61 in 2014 to 0.50
Mathabatha said in an effort to ensure synergy in the planning, development and implementation of government policies and programmes, the provincial departments and municipalities are in the process of aligning their plans to Limpopo Development Plan.
He promised the NCOP they would be assisted by the provincial government while they are visiting the province.

Story: NELIE ERASMUS
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