Dlodlo speaks on good gov­er­nance

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT - By Tem­bile Sgqolana

DEPUTY Min­is­ter of Public Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Ayanda Dlodlo held a public en­gage­ment pro­gramme on the African Peer Re­view Mech­a­nism (APRM) and Open Gov­ern­ment Part­ner­ship (OGP) at the Thobi Kula In­door Sports Cen­tre on Fri­day.

The en­gage­ment, which was the first of its kind in the Eastern Cape, was at­tended by peo­ple from all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Speak­ing about the theme “APRM and OGP: Putting peo­ple at the cen­tre of ser­vice de­liv­ery through open gov­ern­ment and public par­tic­i­pa­tion,” Dlodlo said both APRM and OGP have sim­i­lar ob­jec­tives to ad­vance good gov­er­nance through the pro­mo­tion of trans­parency, em­pow­er­ing cit­i­zens, fight­ing cor­rup­tion and har­ness­ing new tech­nolo­gies to strengthen gov­er­nance.

“The ob­jec­tives of the two ini­tia­tives are unit­ing fac­tors. At the cen­tre there is an em­pha­sis on citizen en­gage­ment, which man­i­fests in the fact that both pro­grammes are de­vel­oped through a multi-stake­holder process, with the ac­tive en­gage­ment of cit­i­zens and civil so­ci­ety.”

Dlodlo said 33 coun­tries out of 54 in Africa were part of APRM and 65 coun­tries are part of OGP which South Africa will lead late this year. “There is some­thing we are do­ing right, which leads to 65 coun­tries want­ing us to lead OGP. Through their mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties peo­ple can come on board and say what they want to see in APRM.

“We need civil so­ci­ety and or­gan­i­sa­tions to be part of this in or­der for us to put to­gether the coun­try’s ac­tion plan.”

She called on coun­cil­lors to hold ward meet­ings to en­sure that in­for­ma­tion was trans­ferred as part of gov­ern­ment’s plan to in­volve peo­ple in de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

“We must not at­tack for­eign na­tion­als. Some of us took refuge in their coun­tries with some of them dy­ing in their houses while pro­tect­ing us.”

Dlodlo con­demned peo­ple who van­dalised build­ings dur­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery protests. “Protests can not be right when you protest for a road and burn a school. The con­sti­tu­tion states that you have a right to protest but your right must not in­fringe the rights of oth­ers.”

In the African Union sum­mit re­cently, Agenda 2063 was adopted with the aim of hav­ing a pros­per­ous Africa. “The as­pi­ra­tions and in­for­ma­tion that each gov­ern­ment must do is en­shrined in the poli­cies de­vel­oped by gov­ern­ment and has to be im­ple­mented by all.” Part of Agenda 2063 was to al­le­vi­ate the in­equal­ity be­tween women and men in Africa.

“It was a suc­cess­ful sum­mit but was not re­ported on by the media as the fo­cus was on the sideshow of Su­dan pres­i­dent Omar Al Bashir.” The sum­mit aimed to en­sure that women and the youth were em­pow­ered.

Pic­ture: TEM­BILE SGQOLANA

EM­POWER: Public Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Deputy Min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo, left, at­tended the public en­gage­ment pro­gramme at Thobi Kula In­door Sports Cen­tre with Lukhanji mayor Nozi Makhanda

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