The North West Provincial Government held its annual two-day EXCO Planning Lekgotla this week, ahead of the State of the Province Address to be delivered by Premier Prof Tebogo Job Mokgoro on Thursday, 25 February during the official opening of the North West Provincial Legislature.
This year’s Planning lekgotla placed high on its agenda an assessment of the province’s capacity to deliver services to the people of the province, acceleration of the province’s economic recovery, as well as implementation of economic reform to create sustainable jobs and drive inclusive growth, this at the backdrop of the country’s efforts to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mokgoro highlighted capacity weaknesses within the public services, and challenged the State Owned Entities in particular, to justify their existence by demonstrating their ability to improve on their developmental mandate.
“The time has come, as we confront this new normal and flex our muscles with greater confidence, to commit to putting the people we serve first, and hold each other accountable”, said the Premier, and argued that poor or lack of responsiveness to communities’ problems is a serious indignant against the provincial government.
The Provincial Head said with the adoption of a District Development Model which seeks to guide the province’s service delivery approach across all spheres, the Lekgotla should come up with a set of development projects which the province will implement through this Development Model.
He also directed the department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs to coordinate the launching and implementation of these development projects, saying this should take into account the comparative advantages of the province and be anchored on building a broad social compact with the participation of the private sector.
Reflecting on the state of the province’s rural roads, local municipalities, the provision of water and sanitation, electricity, housing and health services, the Lekgotla emphasised the need for a robust approach to improving integrated planning and spending on infrastructure projects, Conditional Grants as well as Municipal Infrastructure Grant, this by ensuring that all spheres of government play their role and heighten continuous engagement with communities.