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Vol 51 No 15

Published 23rd July 2010

South Africa

Zuma’s first-term casualties

With dissenting ministers and departing civil servants, President Jacob Zuma faces a tough return to workaday politics

Someone in President Jacob Zuma’s office has read a management textbook and reproduced chunks of it as government policy. Ahead of his post-World Cup cabinet ‘lekgotla’ (big meeting) on 19-20 July, President Zuma sent all his ministers a paper telling them he wanted a ‘new programme of action’ for the rest of his presidential term, with an ‘outcomes-based’ approach centring on 12 ‘priority areas’, for which delivery targets will be set. The core items are jobcreation, rural development, education, crime, economic development and skills. Ministers would sign performance agreements committing them to deliver. Collins Chabane, the Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, would watch progress. He used to be a singer and is not taken seriously by the cabinet colleagues whose performance he would monitor.

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