13 January 2012
Cabinet will set the national agenda at its annual January Lekgotla – the most important strategic planning session of the National Executive, at Bela Bela in Limpopo from Tuesday, 17 January to Friday, 20 January 2012.
The meeting, which will provide the basis for President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address on 9 February, will give direction to Government’s programme for 2012.
Cabinet is expected to do a mid-term assessment of government’s performance on the five national priorities – job creation, health, education, crime eradication, rural development and land reform – with a view to enhancing performance in 2012. It will also review progress made since the decision to establish the Infrastructure Coordination Commission chaired by the President and the Short Term Job Creation Commission chaired by the Deputy President, at the July 2011 Lekgotla.
The Lekgotla is also expected to assess the global and domestic economic outlook with a view of identifying new opportunities and risks for South Africa and the Continent as a whole.
The global security context and an international relations programme for South Africa will also form part of Cabinet’s agenda.
The Lekgotla will entail deliberations among Ministers and Deputy Ministers on the first three days of the meeting and on the last day, Premiers and representatives of the South African Local Government Association will participate, with Directors-General joining as observers.
President Zuma will officially close the event on Friday, 20 January 2012.
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