'Extraordinary damage has been done to government over the last 10 years'

Executive Director at Public Affairs Research Institute Prof Ivor Chipkin has described some of the administrative changes under former President Jacob Zuma's ruke over the years as 'wild realignments'.

There has been much anticipation surrounding President Cyril Ramaphosa's cabinet changes after announcing plans to shrink government departments.

Chipkin takes a look at the changes made to government departments over the last 10 years and the inefficiencies.

Extraordinary damage has been done to government over the last ten years, probably starting early at the end of the Mbeki period.

Prof Ivor Chipkin, Executive Director at Public Affairs Research Institute

National treasury comes to be as dominant as it is in the cabinet system partly because a whole range of other departments weaken or even collapse. The most historic counter weight to national treasury was the department of DPLG - provincial and local government.

Prof Ivor Chipkin, Executive Director at Public Affairs Research Institute

What you have with DPLG and then later with Cogta, is the virtual collapse of the department and under those circumstance, national treasury begins to occupy a position of dominance within the system. National treasury's mandate is to watch the money, it steps in to try and regulate the financial affairs of departments, but what has happened in the government complex is that there is a complete focus in finding and counting the money and what is being obscured in that is the focus on service delivery and getting things done.

Prof Ivor Chipkin, Executive Director at Public Affairs Research Institute

Departments are not working on the basis of policy or strategy anymore, they are working on ad hoc decisions of ministers and politicians.

Prof Ivor Chipkin, Executive Director at Public Affairs Research Institute

Speaking on the possible administrative changes under Ramaphosa, Senior Lecturer and Senior Economist at Wits Lumkile Mondi says it will be interesting to see the euphoria around the new presidency come to an end.

I think he is so compromised given the focus on unity and hence we see DD who is going to be announced as a deputy president. He has got to meet the interests of his own party to ensure that there is harmony between those that lost and those that won.

Lumkile Mondi, Senior Lecturer and Senior Economist at Wits

It is going to be quite interesting to at last, see the Ramphoria coming to an end

Lumkile Mondi, Senior Lecturer and Senior Economist at Wits

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This article first appeared on 702 : 'Extraordinary damage has been done to government over the last 10 years'


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