New min­is­ter aims to turn things around

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JONISAYI MAROMO

TRANS­PORT Min­is­ter Joe Maswan­ganyi yes­ter­day out­lined sev­eral turn­around strate­gies at state-owned en­ter­prises (SOEs) that fall into his port­fo­lio.

He said at a Pre­to­ria press con­fer­ence that he hoped the planned re­forms would help the en­ti­ties to drive a de­vel­op­men­tal agenda and, above all, to cut cor­rup­tion.

“Mov­ing for­ward, with South Africa as­pir­ing to be a de­vel­op­men­tal state, we are en­vi­sion­ing a frame­work for SOE re­form and op­ti­mal con­tri­bu­tion to eq­ui­table growth, de­vel­op­ment, trans­for­ma­tion, and service de­liv­ery,” Maswan­ganyi said.

List­ing the long list of re­forms, which in­clude im­prov­ing fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis, as­sess­ing per­for­mance based on ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness as well as service de­liv­ery, har­mon­is­ing re­mu­ner­a­tion prin­ci­ples, poli­cies and prac­tices across the SOEs to en­sure com­pet­i­tive­ness and op­ti­mum re­ten­tion of per­son­nel, and im­prov­ing trans­port SOE’s col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­or­di­na­tion, Maswan­ganyi said the fight against crime was high on the agenda.

“In im­ple­ment­ing all these re­forms, we remain com­mit­ted to fight against all forms of crime and cor­rup­tion,” said Maswan­ganyi.

“As the Depart­ment of Trans­port, we are go­ing to es­tab­lish a strong in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity to com­ple­ment the ba­sic in­ves­tiga­tive work, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with such in­sti­tu­tions as the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity, the Special In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit, the Pub­lic Service Commission, the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Cen­tre and also the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral.

Dur­ing the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion, Maswan­ganyi faced a bar­rage of ques­tions over the cur­rent per­for­mance of SOEs, many of which struggle fi­nan­cially and peren­ni­ally re­ceive bailouts from the state.

“I don’t know what is disin­gen­u­ous about telling our peo­ple the facts. We are se­ri­ous about these turn­around strate­gies to make sure that the in­sti­tu­tions are fully func­tional, ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive,” said Maswan­ganyi– ANA

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