Zuma, Cabinet to discuss new plan of action

Monday, May 25, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet will this week meet to map out government's programme of action for the next five years.

The administration's first Cabinet Lekgotla will be held from Tuesday to Thursday in Pretoria.

The details of the plan will only be made known when Mr Zuma delivers his first State of the Nation Address in Parliament in the first week of June and the Programme of Action briefings by the various departments the following week.

Last week, Government Spokesperson Themba Maseko said the Cabinet Lekgotla would deal with adopting a new strategic framework for government which would be closely aligned with the electoral mandate contained in the manifesto.

The Cabinet would also look at how best to plan ahead for government given the changes that have taken place in the executive.

Mr Maseko said the meeting would also provide the new administration with an opportunity to reflect on and plan for the implementation of the Government's Programme of Action for the period leading to the next Cabinet Lekgotla in January 2009.

"The Lekgotla will also allow Cabinet to reflect on the modalities and structures for the National Strategic planning function and the structural changes in the executive and government," Mr Maseko said.

The Lekgotla brings together key decision makers in government, including Ministers, Premiers, Deputy Ministers, South African Local Government Association (Salga) representatives and the Directors General of national and provincial departments.