20 January 2019


All hands on deck for 2018 - Exco

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 02 february 2018

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has presented a progress report to political and administrative leadership of Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government on matters that the unit is probing in the province. 
This was revealed by MEC for Education and Sport Development, Sello Lehari, who was briefing the media in his capacity as Leader of Government Business. Lehari briefed journalists on the outcome of this month’s Executive Council meeting in Hartbeespoort on Thursday morning. 
“The progress as reflected in the SIU report was encouraging and consistent with the province’s determination to ensure good governance and ethical leadership. 
“Similar encouraging developments with regard to the mandate of the Public Protector are evident as reflected in the structural arrangement between the Office of the Public Protector and the province. There is further indication of the province’s resolve as amplified in the Premier’s SOPA [State of the Province Address] 2017,” Lehari said.
The MEC said the Exco meeting focused largely on 
progress made on various key issues relating to the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP). He said the province has engaged various Chapter 9 and related institutions for partnership against greed, crime, fraud and corruption.
“The provincial government is driven by its unrelenting commitment to good governance and intolerance for unethical behaviour, greed, crime, fraud and corruption,” he said. 
Exco has noted and expressed appreciation for the progress made in dealing with the graft challenge as part of Setsokotsane programme, said Lehari. 
On the SIU’s investigation of the Department of Public Works and Roads, he said: “The effect in as far as matters relating to outcomes of investigation reports of the past, current and future on all infrastructure related projects with special focus - but not limited to - housing, roads, government buildings, transport services, etc. This will also apply to all the provincial state owned entities and municipalities,” Lehari said. 
It was also revealed in that briefing that Exco has resolved to establish the academy of librarianship through the province’s Ikatisong School of Governance. Lehari added that the Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) would be a lead department and would work with the Department of Education and Sport Development to ensure that schools that have got libraries also benefit from the training. 
Exco also resolved on the establishment of People’s Economic Growth Agency (PEGA), which is informed by the Presidential Review Report on State Owned Entities (SOEs). 
“PEGA services include loans and bridging finance to SMMEs, assisting SMMEs to register and facilitate training, establishment of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). It will also include publishing of the North West Economic Data Report and Project Management of projects,” he said.  
Bokone Bophirima plans to also its own traffic college soon. 
“The Community Safety and Transport Management department is entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that it deals with all administrative requirements that will pave the way for the introduction of the college. We have also received a progress report on the hosting of the provincial OR Tambo Public Service Excellence Awards, which are to be held on 14 February 2018 at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. This comes after the departmental excellence awards that have already taken place across government,” Lehari said. 
Exco also received reports on the South African Music Awards (SAMA), South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) and Mahika Mahikeng Cultural Music Festival. Lehari said Exco was happy with the significant improvement registered in the 2017 Mahika Mahikeng Festival. 
“The festival was bigger and better and should grow even bigger in 2018,” he said.