Balancing Political Agendas and Service Delivery Needs: A Case Study of a Province in Rural South Africa
Improving the economic, socio-economic and service delivery environments in Rural South Africa is dependent on the implementing strategies of government departments in pursuing their mandate as outlined by their vision, mission and objectives. The level of growth is in turn dependent on the presence or absence of institutional leadership and implementing competencies. Service delivery by government is a function of the budget allocations by the Treasury of that particular country or region. These budget allocations must then be prioritised and executed in line with service delivery promises made to the populace through the vision and mission of the various government structures. However, service delivery standards are compromised by management and leadership practises, based on American and European standards and exported to rural Africa. The researcher therefore had to develop an “Africanised” socio economic definition to be able to evaluate the changes in demographic-, economic-, socio economic-, labour-, employment and fiscal indicators. These indicators were then applied to the expenditure patterns over the last five fiscal years of a rural Province in South Africa. The research indicates that the principle of good governance should be balanced between the various policy areas driven by political agendas and the service delivery needs of the people.
Keywords: Good Governance, Service Delivery Needs, Impact of Expenditure Patterns
Head, Faculty of Humanities, Tshwane University of Technology