A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system

first_imgNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 9In 2030, local government in South Africa has the trust of the people, being committed to working with communities to find sustainable ways to meet their social, economic and material needs, and improve the quality of their lives.   •  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesion Local government – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 13: Building a capable and developmental state• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 9: Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system• Infographic: Building a capable and developmental stateLocal government – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, the state will play a developmental and transformative role in South Africa. It will act to support and guide development to the benefit of all society – particularly the poor.In 2030 the state will be accountable, focused on citizen’s priorities. Cooperative government and participatory democracy will ensure the consistent and sustainable delivery of high-quality services to the people.Local government, in particular, will be committed to working with citizens and communities to find sustainable ways to meet their social, economic and material needs, and improve the quality of their lives. It will be at the forefront of participatory democracy, involving citizens in meaningful discussions about government and development.In 2030 citizens will confidently put their trust local government, and its skilled, competent and committed employees.By 2030:• The state is capable of playing a developmental and transformative role.• Government staff at all levels have the authority, experience, competence and support they need to do their jobs.• Relations between national, provincial and local government are improved through a more proactive approach to managing the intergovernmental system.Local government – The challengesLocal government operates in a complex environment. More than R1-billion is spent on municipal support and capacity building every year. Yet municipal performance remains far from optimal. While the city municipalities in particular have made significant progress in service delivery, even these advances are obscured by overwhelming challenges related to the fast pace of urbanisation.Priority challenges include:• Weak political leadership• Technical skills gaps and lack of relevant competencies• High staff turnover and vacancy levels• Weak understanding of policies• Political deployments not always competent appointments• Lack of career progression• Poor attitudes & values of staff• Lack of professionalism & regulation thereof by professional bodies & government• Corruption at all levels with no consequences• Unclear administrative-political interface• Weak strategy – focus on compliance• Weak financial management and low budget spend• Weak council decisions, often contrary to technical advice• Organisational instability, including review of S 57 contracts linked to political term of office• Lack of oversight and accountability• Lack of legal compliance or regulatory support• Weak municipal systemsLocal government – Action requiredSolutions detailed in the National Development Plan are essential to improving local government performance, ensuring quality service delivery and ultimately putting the local government on a positive path to achieving the vision for 2030.Specific action includes:• Use differentiation to ensure a better fit between the capacity and responsibilities of provinces and municipalities. Take a more proactive approach to resolving coordination problems and a more long-term approach to building capacity.• Develop regional utilities to deliver some local government services on an agency basis, where municipalities or districts lack capacity.• Adopt a less hierarchical approach to coordination so that routine issues can be dealt with on a day-to-day basis between mid-level officials. Use the cluster system to focus on strategic cross-cutting issues and the Presidency to bring different parties together when coordination breaks down.• Create an administrative head of the public service with responsibility for managing the career progression of heads of department. Put in place a hybrid approach to top appointments that allows for the reconciliation of administrative and political priorities.• Use placements and secondments to enable staff to develop experience of working in other spheres of government.• Enhance the role of the Public Service Commission to champion and monitor norms and standards to ensure that only competent and suitably experienced people are appointed to senior positions.• Amend the Public Service Act to locate responsibility for human-resources management with the head of department.• Establish a formal graduate recruitment scheme for the public service with provision for mentoring, training and reflection. Formulate long-term skills development strategies for senior managers, technical professionals and local government staff.• Use assessment mechanisms such as exams, group exercises and competency tests to build confidence in recruitment systems.Local government – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to ensure a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system.• Members of society have sustainable and reliable access to basic services.• Intergovernmental and democratic governance arrangements for a functional system of cooperative governance strengthened.• Sound financial and administrative management.• Promotion of social and economic development.• Local public employment programmes expanded through the Community Work Programme.Local government – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to ensure a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDER Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015last_img read more

Connections with 10 Janpath, leading criteria for for appointment of cabinet secretary

first_imgWhile merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay. “The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is,While merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay.”The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is left unsaid is that the BJP can support the Congress if they discard the Left.” Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) Politburo member”Dawood is involved in the Mumbai blasts, Quattrochi siphoned off the country’s money. The Congress president owes moral and political explanations.” L.K. Advani, leader of the Opposition”The Congress has earmarked quotas for Muslims in jobs and education to get their votes.” Rajnath Singh, BJP president”The whole social sector is skewed in favour of the urban elite. That is responsible for our poor performance in the Commonwealth Games.” Mani Shankar Aiyar, sports minister”At 33, if I am forced to come out and play a (Davis Cup) singles match, that is something we definitely have got to look into.” Leander Paes, tennis playerlast_img read more

CTVs THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and The Little Potato Company Announce Two

first_img Facebook Advertisement The Little Potato Company’s “Little Chef Program” helps parents and kids spend fun and meaningful time together. The program provides tools and tips, Little Chef Approved recipes, age-appropriate tasks for kids of various ages, and information about the important skills they’ll learn as their kitchen skills evolve. The Little Chef Approved recipes are popular not only with kids, but with adults, too. Recipes include Smashed Potato Pizza, Bacon Wrapped Creamer Potatoes, Little Chef Potato Skins, and more.The contest is being promoted and featured at major retailers across Canada with “Little Chef Program” promotional material and programs. Advertisement Login/Register With: @MarilynDenisCTV @CTV_PR @CTV_Television @LittlePotatoCo Facebook.com/MarilynDenis Facebook.com/CTV Facebook.com/potatopower @themarilyndenisshow @littlepotatocompany pinterest.com/LittlePotatoCo Twittercenter_img Advertisement Social Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About The Little Potato CompanyThe Little Potato Company is the world’s leader in small Creamer potatoes. They sell unique and proprietary varieties throughout the U.S. and Canada and are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2016. The Edmonton-based company currently has two sorting, washing and packaging facilities in Canada and five distribution centres throughout the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the newly announced U.S. production facility near Madison, Wisconsin.The Little Potato Company’s Creamers are sold in unique eye catching packaging and family-friendly sizes at most supermarkets. They are passionate about potatoes and about helping children learn more about food and cooking with their families.About THE MARILYN DENIS SHOWHosted by Marilyn Denis and taped before a studio audience, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is a daily lifestyle and entertainment talk show featuring Canadian and international celebrities and experts. Celebrities who have appeared on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW include Sir Elton John, Shania Twain, Diane Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Kim Cattrall, Hugh Jackman, Catherine O’Hara, Michael Bublé, Lionel Richie, Amy Poehler, Tatiana Maslany, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden, Andrea Martin, Carly Rae Jepsen, Barenaked Ladies, The Tenors, Robbie Amell, Erica Durance, and many more. Top lifestyle experts who have appeared on the show include Jamie Oliver, Dr. Oz, Rocco DiSpirito, Mike Holmes, Jillian Michaels, Randy Fenoli, Scott McGillivray, The Property Brothers, Bryan Baeumler, and more. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is produced by Bell Media Production, and Michelle Crespi is Executive Producer. John Simpson is Co-Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. More information about THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, including ticket information, can be found at Marilyn.ca, as well on Facebook and @TheMarilynShow.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and The Little Potato Company announced the two finalists of The Little Chef Casting Call: Arnav Malholtra, age 11 from Brampton, Ont., and Owen Kennedy, age 11 from Beaumont, Alta.The two finalists will go head-to-head in a cook-off on CTV’s THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, airing Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. ET, with the top little chef winning the grand prize of a culinary trip for four to Rome, Italy. Courtesy of The Little Potato Company, the trip includes airfare, accommodation, and an ultimate culinary experience.Arnav and Owen were selected from the 10 semi-finalists after three weeks of voting at Marilyn.ca, where more than 8,000 votes were cast. The finalists were chosen based on votes, along with cooking skill, presentation, and personality. Arnav cooked “Little Potato Manchurian”, while Owen cooked “Potato Leek Soup”.last_img read more

Body found in Thunder Bay is missing youth from Webequie chief

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe body found on a Thunder Bay golf course late Sunday morning is that of a missing 17-year-old youth, the chief of Webequie First Nation confirmed.Chief Cornelius Wabasse told APTN News the family met with police around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.“The forensic team came in first and then the coroner called to reaffirm that it was Braiden, the body that was found this morning,” said Wabasse.Braiden Jacob was reported missing Dec. 6.His family had last seen him on Wednesday night when he left the hotel they were staying in. They started searching for him when he didn’t return later that night.Community volunteers began an organized search for the missing teen on Thursday afternoon.The youth was in the city for ongoing counselling services for trauma and grief, according to Wabasse.“They’re very distraught, I mean it’s very emotional. Not just with the family but the extended family too,” he said.“Even the community is impacted by the loss of a young man.”Jacob was from Webequie, a fly-in community approximately 600 km north of Thunder Bay.On Saturday, Thunder Bay police released further details of Jacob’s disappearance including a description of what he was wearing.They said the youth was last seen in the early Thursday in the Limbrick area. His body was found on the golf course in Chapples Park less than 3 km away.In a media release Sunday afternoon, police said they were dispatched to the park area around 11:30 a.m when a passerby reported a possible body.It’s the same area where Tammy Keeash was found drowned in the floodway that runs through the park May 2017 – and the body of 32-year-old William Wapoose was discovered in September 2014.His homicide remains unsolved.Anna Betty Achneepineskum of Nishnawbe Aski Nation expressed frustration on Facebook over the of health services available on-reserve.“Why is it that we have to bring our children out to an urban centre to get counselling service?” said Achneepineskum.“It’s not right that we have a system that continues to jeopardize our children’s safety.”Community members from Thunder Bay and other First Nations gathered on Sunday to offer support to Jacob’s family and community.The body has been taken to Toronto for a [email protected]@WillowBlasizzolast_img read more

Xavi tells Joshua Kimmich You would be perfect for Barca

first_imgBarcelona legend Xavi Hernandez revealed his admiration for the “versatile” Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich, who he believes could even eclipse him as a playerThe Germany international first rose to prominence under Pep Guardiola at Bayern in the 2015/16 season before the Catalan coach left for Manchester City.While his normal position is at right-back, Kimmich’s versatility has won him many admirers with the 23-year-old being deployed in a central midfield role at Bayern this season.Due to this, Xavi is convinced Kimmich would be a great coup for Barcelona.“I spoke to Pep Guardiola, my ex-coach from Barcelona, about him,” Xavi told Bild at Bayern’s training camp in Doha, Qatar, alongside Kimmich.“Pep said: ‘I have a player in the team who can play in every position!’“I asked, ‘Who is the boy?’ He told me something about a man named ‘Kimmitsch’, whom I honestly had never heard of before.“Since that day, when I talked to Pep, I have followed your career. After all, Pep says that for a reason.“I knew right away, when I saw you playing, that you could become a great player. And that’s you today!“Joshua is the present and future of FC Bayern and the German national team. And you really can play in any position.”He added: “You would be the perfect player for FC Barcelona!Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“In my career, I have always kept my eyes open to find players who would suit Barca well.“As previously with Philipp Lahm, Joshua Kimmich could without any problems play at Barcelona. That would fit well.“But Bayern Munich play on the same level as Barca, and you can achieve a lot there.”Before joining Doha-based club Al Sadd in 2015, Xavi was regarded as one of the planet’s greatest playmakers after managing 85 goals and 181 assists in a staggering 769 games for Barcelona.The former Spain international has won many honours throughout his career, which includes a World Cup, two European titles, four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga crowns.But the 38-year-old, who could retire from playing football this year, reckons Kimmich’s versatility could make him an even greater asset for Barcelona than what he used to be.“I thought before I met Joshua that he wanted to be a defender,” said Xavi.“But he already told me that he has another big wish. Joshua can play perfectly in midfield as a number six.“Definitely [he can be the next Xavi]. He can make the difference.“He can be one of the best players in world football in several positions, maybe he already is.“That distinguishes him from me: I could play in one position, he is versatile.”last_img read more

Uber offers free helicopter rides for a day in Thailand

first_imgUber Technologies Inc have chosen Bangkok, known for its chaotic traffic, as the first city in Southeast Asia to introduce a one-day free trial for its helicopter service, after launching it in key global metro cities, including Bangalore. Chan Park, Uber’s regional general manager for Southeast Asia, said Bangkok is one of the worst cities in the world for traffic congestion.”This provides high potential for alternative transport platforms,” Bangkok Post quoted him as saying on Thursday. Thailand is among its three fastest-growing markets for its taxi app service in Southeast Asia, it said. Uber Technologies Inc, the smartphone-based cab service company will offer free helicopter rides on demand to Bangkok customers on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. If the request is accepted, the lucky rider and a friend will be picked up in a Mercedes-Benz car to board a helicopter that will give them an exclusive tour of Bangkok.  Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe number of Uber’s mobile app downloads is expected to increase as a result of the helicopter campaign, Park said. “One of Uber’s goals everywhere is changing the way our riders and driver partners connect to their city, and we are excited to be bringing UberCopter for the first time to Thailand.”We hope it gives Bangkok a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the city from a totally new perspective,” he said. UberCopter, or UberChopper as it is known in many markets, launched as a trial service from New York to the Hamptons in 2013.It has since been offered on a trial basis in other cities around the world including Bangalore, Cape Town, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai.last_img read more