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Integrated Planning Framework Bill to be Re-Drafted

March 11, 2020

Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

The planning, monitoring and evaluation department plans to re-draft the Draft Integrated Planning Framework Bill.

The department announced this during a briefing in parliament on the draft bill.

The proposed legislation was published for comment in 2018.

The draft bill seeks to:

• provide for the functions of the Department responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation;
• establish an institutional framework for a new predictable planning paradigm and discipline within and across all spheres of government;
• support effective monitoring and evaluation of government programmes aimed at improved service delivery and positive impact on society;
• provide for the continued existence of the National Planning Commission;
• promote better coordination, collaboration and alignment of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation between and across the national, provincial and local spheres of government, and including public entities; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the department, the main objectives of the draft bill are to facilitate stronger integration, coordination and joint planning among the different spheres of government; create structures for accountability to cabinet and government stakeholders on planning decisions; formalize the advisory role and functions of the NPC and integrate state owned and funded data warehouses to boost long-term planning.

During the briefing, the department revealed that one issue under discussion is whether the draft bill should include reference to the District Development Model (DDM).

The department confirmed that the DDM Framework is yet to be finalized.

Once this occurs, the framework will then be analysed and considered for inclusion in the draft bill.

The way forward on the draft bill includes renaming the proposed legislation as the Integrated Development Planning Framework Bill, include a new set of definitions, include delineation in terms of the development planning function shift between DPME, DALRRD and COGTA, draw up developmental guidelines and undertake public consultations on the re-drafted bill.

Meanwhile, the Public Service Commission (PSC) recently briefed parliament on the Guide on Governance Practice for Executive Authorities and Heads of Department.

According to the PSC, the guide was developed to contribute towards effective management and governance in the public service.

The PSC emphasised that the guide does not replace but supplements prevailing prescripts in the public service.

Executive authorities and heads of department need to comply with public service administrative law as transgressions could result in the officials being held personally liable for costs flowing from litigations.

Issues covered in the briefing include role clarification at the executive interface; appointment of special advisors; management of recruitment and selection; performance management system for Directors-General; managing ethics in the public service; induction of executive authorities and stakeholders induction.