Government must speedily move away from a silo mentality towards integration.
Delivering the opening address at the first Integrated Facilities Infrastructure Workshop, hosted by DCS, at Leeuwkop on 6-7 February 2020,
Chief Operations Commissioner Mandla Mkabela said there is a great need for government to adopt an integrated approach towards planning and move away from the current silo mentality.
The two-day workshop was prompted by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for government to work as one.
Stakeholders present include facilities and infrastructure components within partner departments such as the South African Police Service, Department of Justice & Constitutional Development, Public Works, Local Government and DCS. The aim of the work session is for sister departments to engage in discussions that will address areas of mutual interest with respect to infrastructure planning and implementation towards integrated solutions.
COC Mkabela said government departments should have integrated investments and adopt long-term planning. He said vision 2068 at DCS is a legacy for generations to come and the success of the plan will be measured through milestones in five to 10 years.
DC Executive Management, Terence Raseroka gave a sypnosis of the DCS vision on facilities emphasizing the initiative by DCS to involve other departments in its strategic long-term planning putting rehabilitation at the centre. Mr Raseroka said the end goal for all government departments is to serve the citizens of South Africa. He said integrated efforts will maximize government’s main objectives.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Facilities , Dr Riaan Botha is facilitating the discussions and the forum looks forward to constructive resolutions to lead a way forward.