DEPUTY Prime Minister (DPM) Mothetjoa Metsing yesterday led a delegation of senior government officials on a three-day study tour of South Africa.
The team is expected to learn about South Africa’s planning and monitoring system for government departments, and would be meeting deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, among other senior government officials.
The delegation consists of Labour and Employment Minister Thulo Mahlakeng, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Kimetso Mathaba, Development Planning Minister Mokoto Hloaele, principal secretaries and directors of government ministries and would be based in Pretoria.
“Among the DPM’s main duties is monitoring the work of ministries, hence the need to study how South Africa’s monitoring systems operate since they already have such structures in place,” said the prime minister’s press attaché, Motumi Ralejoe.
“In South Africa, the deputy president is responsible for monitoring government ministries and the delegation will learn what Lesotho can adopt from the systems used in the neighbouring country.”
The study tour, Mr Ralejoe added, was prompted by the need for government to monitor its performance and improve service-delivery. Mr Ralejoe revealed Mr Metsing was in the process of implementing a monitoring and evaluation system for all government ministries.
“The trip is meant to ensure that we do not have poor service delivery in Lesotho. We have had cases in which a lot of ministries fail to fully utilise their budget-allocations, thereby failing to deliver to the much-needed services.
“We want to ensure ministries utilise all the funds at their disposal to improve service-delivery,” added Mr Ralejoe.