Port Elizabeth – Newly-elected Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs chairperson Bongani Bongo in a statement on Tuesday called on the department to find innovative ways to mitigate funding pressures it and its entities faced.
The committee highlighted that funding challenges were a reality for all departments, but it said this challenge presented an opportunity to innovate and find workable solutions to ensure effective service delivery.
"The committee is cognisant that diminishing revenue as compared to increasing demands for services are putting unavoidable pressures on the department and its entities. Today, the department and its entities briefed the committee on its Annual Performance Plan," it said in the statement.
Bongo also welcomed department's plans to modernise and enhance its security and professionalism.
In addition he said: “The committee also values the intention to strengthen Public Private Partnerships with banks to expand the footprint of the department as this will ensure service delivery is taken to the doorsteps of South Africans.”
The committee called for strong intergovernmental relations with key departments and parastatals such as Public Works and the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), with a focus on improving the lives of all people in South Africa.