Parliamentary State Capability Conference

Programme of the Parliamentary Conference on State Capability
Theme: “State Capability: Delineating Weaknesses, Devising Strategic Mechanisms to Accelerate Policy Implementation.” 

Session Chairperson: Hon SE Lucas, MP
Deputy Chairperson: National Council of Provinces




08h00-09h00 Testing and Connecting ALL
09h00-09h02 Moment of Silent Prayer or Meditation ALL


Opening and Contextualization: 
Contextualizing the Critical Imperatives of State Capability to Accelerate Policy Implementation, in the Current Developmental Landscape.
Prevailing State Capacity Challenges as Articulated in the NDP: 

  • Unevenness in capacity, which leads to uneven performance in local, provincial and national government. Tensions in the political-administrative interface, instability of the administrative leadership and skills deficits, the erosion of accountability and authority, poor organisational design and low staff morale.
  • The retrogressive impact of deficient state capacity in advancing of South Africa’s Developmental agenda  

Hon. SE Lucas, MP
Deputy Chairperson: National Council of Provinces


The Impact of State Capability on Three Sphere Coordination Processes in Governance 

  • The role of the NCOP in giving expression to its three sphere oversight mandate, through Targeted-State Capability Oversight
  • Establishing Social Compacts to Strengthen and Rebuild State Capacity, for Accelerated Policy Implementation

Hon AN Masondo, MP
Chairperson: National Council of Provinces


“Unlocking Capacity to Advance South Africa’s Developmental Agenda”

  • Major capacity related blockages (Provincial and Local Government), as identified through the Public Service Monitoring and Support Programme
  • Systemic, Institutional and Bureaucratic Weaknesses, which impede the implementation of strategic policies and programmes
  • Strategic Interventions in place to unlock and accelerate the implementation of strategic policies and programmes
  • Capacity Building Programmes: The format and impact of such programmes

Hon. M Gungubele, MP
Minister in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa


“State Capability and Economic Recovery and Reconstruction”

  • Delineating the Required Capacity to successfully Implement the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan across the three spheres
  • Building Capacity to Implement the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan
  • Strengthening State Capability, to accelerate economic transformation, inclusive growth and competitiveness.

Hon. N Gina, MP
Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition


“Developmental States: The Case of South Africa.” 

  • Characterising Developmental States, the case of South Africa
  • Characterising South Africa’s State Institutions, Processes and Management (Strengths and Weaknesses)
  • Assessing Organizational and Technical Capacity
  • Unpacking the State Structure Nexus
  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State Capacity
  • Strategic Interventions to (re)build State Capacity 

Dr. K Pooe
Senior Lecturer (Political Science and Governance) Wits School of Governance


“Synthesis evaluation of State Capacity-Focus on DGs & HoDs”

  • Challenges in building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Proposed interventions to Manage Prevailing State Capability Challenges
  • Outline key principles and values that must underpin a capable, ethical developmental state and practical interventions to inculcate such values
  • Enhancing State Capability through targeted Oversight and Accountability Mechanisms (the role of Parliament)

Prof. N Bohler-Muller
Head of Department: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State, Human Science Research Council 


“Building state capacities and dynamic capabilities to drive social and economic development: The case of South Africa” 

  • state capacity beyond merely fixing administrative weaknesses within the state or fixing market failures.
  • Public sector effectiveness in South Africa, looking at how challenges and opportunities bolster state capacities for governance effectiveness.
  • Building capacities in SOEs and exploring the transformative potential of these entities.
  • Delineating what institutional quality for state capacity should look like in the South African context.
  • Building institutional capacities at the local government level.
  • Institutional capacities in the context of the Development District Model

Prof. M Qobo
Head of the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witswatersrand


Interactive Discussion



Strengthening the Interface between State Capability and the District Development Model

  • Local Government as the battle ground for advancing South Africa’s transformation agenda in the current developmental context
  • Building Capability at Local Government Level through the effective institutionalization of the District Development Model
  • Tangible capacity building programmes targeted at Metros, Districts and Localities
  • Measuring the impact of capacity building programmes at local government level

Hon. Dr. NC Dlamini-Zuma, MP
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs


“Strengthening State Capacity to advance South Africa’s Developmental Agenda at Provincial and Local Government Level”

  • Leadership pathologies as an impediment for the required capacity
  • Defining and addressing Impediments linked to personalism and policy uncertainty

Dr. M Mohale
Director: Special Projects, Office of the Vice Chancellor
Durban University of Technology


“Building a capable state through proper human resource management”  

  • The Politics and Administration Dichotomy
  • Skills Deficit
  • Lack of Professionalization of the Public Service and Local Government
  • Organizational Design
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Strengthening Accountability of Public Servants and Responsibility of Public Servants
  • the Imperatives of Building State Capability through Developmental Local Government in South Africa.

Dr. X Ngumbela  
School of Public Management, Governance & Public Policy:
College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg


Institutional Quality and Economic Performance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region: A Dynamic Panel Analysis

  • Economic growth in developing economies
  • The significance of institutional quality for economic prosperity
  • Definition and types of institutions
  • Operationalising institutional quality in the context of the SADC region.

Ms. K Malindini
Lecturer: Wits School of Governance, University of the Witswatersrand


Interactive Discussion / Questions / Inputs



Closing Remarks

Hon. SE Lucas, MP 
Deputy Chairperson: National Council of Provinces