By KHETSIWE KHUMALO | 2021-11-25
Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini, has noted with concern the capable persons who benefit from resources being offered by the Deputy Prime Minister’s office meant for vulnerable groups.
This was during the PM’s first visit to the DPM's office where he was welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku yesterday morning. Dlamini was englightened about the services and different departments offered by the office in the presence of the different heads of departments.
The presentations delivered highlighted the office’s contribution to the strategic road map, its key challenges and other projects done by the office. In response to the presentation, the PM said he was well aware that resources were limited.
He, however, shared that resources were being over- stretched by assisting persons who were capable, which he said was something that needed to be addressed.
He made an example of people who were receiving elderly grants, but did not necessarily need them as some were still employed and the parents that were able to pay for school fees, but had children registered for the orphaned and vulnerable children’s (OVC) grants, citing that these were the things that the office needs to revisit and address.
“I have also noted the transport constraints that are being faced by almost all the ministries, including police that need to addressed. All ministries need to be provided with motor vehicles, which should be handled with care to sustain them for at least five years,” said the PM. He further appreciated staff in all departments for their dedication in servicing the nation, despite the circumstances of working under a tight budget.
He added that he would need to visit other offices housed across the nation and also pay a social call to ward all the projects being implemented by the office. “In terms of allowances, these will never be adequate or enough, but we will try to add on to it. I am very enlightened on the work being done here and am happy to have finally seen your place of work,” said Dlamini.
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