Cash strapped state-owned enterprises (SOEs), economic growth and land reform are expected to dominate the agenda of the two-day Cabinet Lekgotla underway in Pretoria. The Lekgotla, which is attended by the government Executive, is held in preparation for next month’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) scheduled for 13 February.
“We would be going deeper into each of the seven priorities, in particular what do we need to do to ensure and build an ethical, capable state, amongst others. Where are the gaps in our SOEs, structure of government, national level, provincial level, at the municipalities. What is it that we need to do to arrest the capacities that seem not to be there in many of our state owned entities, and broadly in government,” said Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, when he briefed journalists just before the meeting kicked off.
Mthembu said the seven priorities that will be discussed at the Lekgotla are economic transformation and job creation; education, skills and health; consolidating the social wage through reliable and quality basic services; spatial integration, human settlements and local government; social cohesion and safe communities; a capable, ethical and developmental state and a better Africa and the world.
The Minister said the Lekgotla will have to identify and honestly deal with problems that the country is facing, and focus especially on sectors that can help grow the economy and see how those that are not productive can be helped.
“We have to deal with the many crises we have in our country. It will be very important that we identify the sectors that will be able to create the necessary growth that we need so that we create jobs. This area of deepening economic growth and attracting investments will take us two days. Which sectors should we focus on? What must we do with our SOEs? You know the difficulties at Eskom, SAA and many of our soe’s. What do we do to repurpose them to fulfil the mandate that they were created for,” Mthembu said.
The meeting will also look at the implementation plan of the medium-term strategic framework and inputs from all government clusters.
Ramaphosa is expected to sign performance agreements with all Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers and Directors General after the Lekgotla, which will be assessed every six months.
The cabinet Lekgotla comes two weeks after the African National Congress National Executive Committee meeting and the party’s Lekgotla.