Durban - The three-day KwaZulu-Natal Executive Council Lekgotla which met to review progress made in implementing the Provincial Growth and Development Plan (PDGP)- an economic and social blueprint for the province, has ended with a number resolutions taken.
The Lekgotla which was chaired by Premier Willies Mchunu, started with a consideration of the recently released Citizens Satisfaction Survey. The survey which was conducted by StatsSA in the province involving over 20 000 households, indicated that, while 59 percent of citizens felt satisfied or somewhat satisfied with service delivery, 41 percent expressed dissatisfaction with the services provided by the government.
The Lekgotla was attended by, among others, MECs, District Mayors, Heads of Department, senior government officials and Heads of State Entities.
Each government department presented a report on progress on line function service delivery programmes, challenges and interventions to mitigate these.
The Lekgotla adopted a set of resolutions for further implementation between now and the next Lekgotla in February 2019 which will be the last for this current administration.
Closing the Lekgotla, Mchunu emphasized the need for strengthening measures to implement service delivery in the province to achieve the provincial vision, describing the Lekgotla as a success.
“We must ensure that there is no unfinished business by the end of our term. Programmes that are aimed at job creation must continue”, Mchunu said, adding that access to land by people must be attended to urgently.
Premier Mchunu emphasized increased vigilance in combating fraud and crime as these factors impacted negatively on the resources that are meant to improve the lives of citizens of the province.
On human resource development, the Premier said this must respond to and be relevant to the needs of the province to ensure inclusive growth. More efforts should be put to ensure the safety of communities from crime, Mchunu said.
Issued on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize.
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