Pule takes monitoring, evaluation to traditional leaders

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pretoria - Serious about promoting accountability, Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Dina Pule, has met with representatives from the National House of Traditional Leaders in Pretoria in a bid to make monitoring and evaluation everybody's business. 

Working together with government, Pule said the House must ensure that there is a governance framework that guides how the institutions of traditional leadership should function within government prescripts. 

"Monitoring of such a governance framework will be of paramount importance, which means we must be accountable and transparent at all times. The House must encourage good governance in general in order to improve lives of ordinary people," Pule said. 

To achieve its goals and have an impact on the ground, the House needs to ensure that it provides effective leadership in support of the five key government priorities. 

Pule emphasized that it was imperative for the House to work with municipalities to ensure that service delivery, particularly in rural areas, is enhanced. 

She encouraged the House to foster partnerships with relevant departments such as Rural Development and Land Reform, adding that more focus should be given to developmental plans that support service delivery. 

The House welcomed the initiative to formalise the relationship between them and government, as well as strengthening the relationship with ward councilors. 

The meeting happened at a time when the Department of Traditional Affairs is developing a partnership model with the House and various stakeholders to strengthening working relationships. - BuaNews