The Minister of the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, presented the Annual Report of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) for the fiscal year 2021/2022 to Parliament on September 27, 2022.
This Annual Report is a testament to the strength of the governance of the Department.
system and commitment to build a capable, developmental and ethical state as foreseen in the 2030 Vision of the National Development Plan and the 2019-2024 Medium-Term Strategic Framework.
For the 10th consecutive time, the Department achieved a clean audit result as affirmed by the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) and backed it up with a performance achievement of 80% against the Annual Performance Plan (APP).
“We are proud that the Department has recorded such a remarkable achievement and milestone.
Governance and financial controls are critical elements of a functioning institution and must always be strengthened to ensure consistency in service delivery,” said Minister Gungubele.
In its performance, the Department, working together with the National Planning Commission (NPC), continued to implement its commitment to institutionalize planning in the Government, monitor results and evaluate Government programs.
In advancing the institutionalization of planning in the Government, the Department conceptualized and developed the National Annual Strategic Plan (NASP) to facilitate the alignment and prioritization of medium-term plans and priorities within a particular year; developed guidelines on the institutionalization of the MTSF to support the integration of its priorities and objectives throughout the planning system; produced the Policy Framework for Integrated Planning to strengthen coherence and harmonization throughout the planning system; evaluated all national and provincial Strategic and Annual Performance Plan projects to improve the quality of institutional plans and alignment with the MTSF and NASP.
In addition, the Department developed the Budget Prioritization Framework to facilitate alignment of the 2022 national budget process with government priorities in the short, medium and long term and to ensure that key plans are adequately resourced to support results.
In order to foster accountability in the implementation of key programs and determine progress in achieving expected results, the Department continued to deploy its monitoring and evaluation capacity in all areas of Government.
The Department subsequently produced two semi-annual reports and catalyzed critical policy changes including the migration of the Early Childhood Development program from the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the development and implementation of food nutrition plans , the implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on Gender Violence and Femicide (GBVF) and the conversion of several clinics into the Ideal clinic through intervention support to ensure better health services for South Africans.
The DPME also continued to generate useful evidence on the government’s performance against its stated priorities.
As a result, four evaluation reports were produced, of which three were intended to support the management of the pandemic and generate evidence on the vaccination campaign.
These reports include the Confidence in Government Report; Vaccine hesitancy and acceptance report; and Technical Evidence Report.
Additionally, over 3,000 evidence reports were sourced and curated to inform research and knowledge needs across the 4 priorities, Ethical and Development Capable status; Systems of health; Agrarian Reform and Violence Based on Gender and Femicide.
In the next fiscal year, the Department will continue to serve as a leader and catalyst in achieving national development results and impact on society.
The appointment of the third NPC has added much-needed impetus in long-term planning, mobilizing key stakeholders, and generating critical evidence through in-depth research on key priorities.
Efforts are underway to strengthen and usher in improved and synergistic planning, monitoring and evaluation systems in all spheres of government.
“As chair of the Presidency’s Steering Committee on the District Development Model (DDM), the DPME will ensure that this enhanced planning paradigm finds expression in all spheres of Government through the District Development Model.
The DPME will conduct rapid assessments of programs that aim to achieve our annual top priorities as detailed in the NASP,” said Minister Gungubele.
In addition, the DPME will continue to build a large-scale tertiary knowledge center that will house all of this evidence and link us to research results in various sectors.
A real-time data center that is geo-referenced will be established to allow the President to have a line of sight of Government interventions and their impact on society.
As it stands, the DPME is at an advanced stage in the development of the Centralized Data Management System (CDMAS) that will allow data users to access, retrieve, analyze and visualize data.
“Our determination is to ensure that the voices of citizens form a larger part of the evidence the Department collects.
Together with the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), we have reintroduced the Izimbizos Presidential SONA, to create a platform for citizens to interact directly with the Government.
We want to change the experience of citizens who contact us through the Presidential Hotline by introducing new communication channels.
Our Plans are enriched by the feedback we receive from the communities”, said Minister Gungubele.
On this tenth anniversary of the PND, the Department calls on all sectors of our society to contribute to the reduction of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
South Africa will grow if all citizens draw on their diverse knowledge and experience to build an inclusive economy, a capable, ethical and developing state.
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