The presidency’s bureaucracy team focuses on the fight against corruption, the tax evaders, says Mabuza

Vice President David Mabuza.

  • Vice President David Mabuza said the Presidency’s bureaucratic team is dealing with the bureaucracy in various processes that companies must undergo in order to operate.
  • Mabuza said this included ensuring that business application officers were professional and did not solicit bribes from companies.
  • He denied suggestions that the bureaucracy team duplicates the duties of the Small Business Development Department.

Vice President David Mabuza said the presidency team tasked with untangling the bureaucracy – in an effort to help businesses operate more easily and drive economic growth – has already begun work on improving processes such as mine approval, licensing. for water and environmental impact authorization. Thursday.

He also highlighted the commitment to fighting corruption, such as soliciting bribes for regulatory approval.

Orally answering questions from the National Council of Provinces during a virtual plenary, Mabuza said the team – led by former mining chief Sipho Nkosi – is also focused on improving integrity and professionalism among officials meeting with leaders. companies in their work.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the establishment of the working group during his state of the nation address in February 2022.

Responding to a question from ANC MP Mandla Rayi about how this intervention will support businesses in townships and rural areas, Mabuza said the team has already begun its work on regulatory processes.

“The government understands the negative impact of inefficient processes and barriers on business activity. The president has prioritized coordinating government measures for ease of doing business. These regulatory and administrative efforts underpin our economic recovery efforts. “said Mabuza.

Mabuza acknowledged that, in many cases, inefficient deliveries, lack of professional services and inefficient supply chain management, long construction plan proposals and delayed lead times for approvals required by companies.

He said critical reforms for SMEs included the launch of the Commission’s BizPortal for Companies and Intellectual Property to enable quick business registration, simplify building permits through automation, reduce procedures for SMEs to obtain a permanent electrical connection and transparent registration of ownership.

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In a supplementary question, Rayi asked, “Government bureaucracy around licensing and other business processes is a deliberate act of some officials seeking bribes and kickbacks. We need a change in values ​​and standards. There are plans to communicate this approach to spheres of government? “

Mabuza said the government is committed to eradicating corruption and ensuring that officials perform their duties to the highest standards of ethics and efficiency.

“As part of the government’s efforts to ensure that public service employees display integrity and accountability, the School of Government offers a range of programs aimed at improving the standard of services and restoring the integrity of the state,” he said.

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EFF MP Omphile Maotwe asked Mabuza if he believed the bureaucracy team would create duplication of tasks within the Department for Small Business Development and counted as a vote of no confidence in the department.

“I don’t see this move as a vote of no confidence in any minister. I see it as a solution to a real problem. Some ministries also have to deal with bureaucracy. The Environment Ministry, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: they have ratings environmental issues that take centuries. I don’t think we are addressing any ministers, but we are addressing the challenges of the system itself, “Mabuza said.

Deputy District Attorney Hildegard Boschoff asked Mabuza if she would support the Ease of Doing Business Bill presented to Parliament by her party. Mabuza said the government is “open to any persuasion” as long as the policies of the bill are effective and well thought out.

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