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South Africa: Minister's Plans to Modernise Home Affairs
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Aug 28, 2014

The budget votes are tabled to reveal the department’s strategic plan of action for the financial year ahead.

Briefing journalists at the Imbizo Centre in Parliament, Minister Gigaba said service delivery was top of his list, and that his department would pull out all the stops to ensure that the department carries out its duties “effectively”.

“Government objectives, including the National Development Plan (NDP), require that Home Affairs deliver effectively on its core mission to enhance the nation’s security, and enable socio-economic development.

“The [department] is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of determining and safeguarding the identity and status of all citizens, and regulating immigration to ensure security, promote development and fulfil our international obligations,” he said.

He said part of the department’s priorities for the 2014/15 financial year included:
• Producing a secured South African citizenship and identity;
• Modernising Home Affairs;
• Establishing a secured and responsive immigration system;
• Contributing to economic development and tourism; and
• Developing a cadre of professional, committed officials through learning and development.

The Minister said the speech would also highlight major achievements of the past year and also address major developments going forward.

“This includes programmes of work being undertaken by the department, as well as policy development focus areas,” he said.

Minister Gigaba said the task of ensuring development of Home Affairs employees would no longer be left to the Director-General and the Deputy Director-General of the department.

He said the department’s Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan would now oversee a process of having staffers at the forefront of service delivery being taken through a leadership academy to enhance their courtesy, professionalism and skills.
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