25 January 2002
Cabinet held a 3-day lekgotla from 23 to 25 January 2002, to review implementation of government’s plans for 2001 and set out the programme for 2002. The meeting also reviewed progress made since the 1999 elections, and measures that need to be put in place further to meet the mandate of government in the coming two-and-half years.
The meeting was attended by the President, Deputy President, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Directors-General as well as advisors and other officials from the Presidency.
Issues that were examined include:
- the state of the SA economy and challenges of moving to a higher job-creating growth path
- progress in the implementation of the government’s strategies against crime and corruption, and measures required further to improve the security of citizens
- the challenge of transforming the public service and improving its responsiveness to the needs of citizens
- the global political situation and the place and role of SA, including the challenge of ensuring that South Africans work together to promote the country’s interests
- work done to implement the programmes of government in the social sector, including health, education, water and sanitation and immediate social security matters
- programmes of Rural Development and Urban Renewal.
The meeting also reflected on the tasks facing SA in relation to the implementation and popularisation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); and preparations for the African Union Summit and the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Questions pertaining to the communication strategy of government, the task of mobilising for partnership among all sectors of society for economic growth and development, and ensuring a positive outlook among South Africans on the reality and potential of our country, also came under the spotlight.
Decisions on all these matters will form the basis of the State of the Nation Address by President Thabo Mbeki in Parliament on 8 February, and briefings by Ministers starting on 11 February.
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