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					CGE Presentation
 11 August 2010


     Strategic Plan

Provinces: POA 2009-2010

  Turn Around Strategy
                     Our mandate
The Commission on Gender Equality was created in terms of Section 187
     of the Constitution of SA, to strengthen and deepen constitutional
                         democracy in South Africa.

  The Commission on Gender Equality Act 39 of 1996 charges the CGE
       with a mandate to promote respect for, as well as promote the
                 protection, development and attainment
                          of gender equality.

Vision A society free from all forms of gender oppression and inequality

Mission Promotion, Protection, Monitoring and Evaluation of gender
     equality in South Africa
   How should we execute this
• Monitor
• Investigate
• Research
• Educate
• Lobby
• Advise Parliament and report on issues
  concerning gender equality
            Thematic areas
• Gender and Poverty
• Gender Based Violence
• Gender, Democracy and Good
• Gender, Culture, Religion and Traditional
• Gender, HIV and AIDS
• National Gender Machinery
Strategic Goals and Objectives:
Gender & Poverty
Goals and objectives: In partnership with various
 stakeholders, monitor the standard of living and
 quality of life of South African women, including
 female-headed households, using access to land,
 water, sanitation, and transport infrastructure as key
 points. The CGE monitors, researches and educates
 around government strategies and programmes,
 particularly at local levels, specifically aimed at
 poverty eradication. The CGE makes annual
 submissions with recommendations to Parliament
 and key departments in this regard
Gender-based violence

Goals: Co-operating with strategic partners, work towards the
  creation of a violence free society by significantly reducing
  gender-based violence

Objectives: Ensure that the national legislative and policy
  frameworks comply with all international gender-based
  violence instruments/protocols to which the South African
  government is a signatory. Monitor enforcement of legislation
  seeking to address gender-based violence and improvement
  of effectiveness of service delivery. Undertake community
  awareness interventions and receive and act upon
Democracy and Good Governance
Goals: In partnership with civil society, CGE monitors
  compliance with gender equality legislative and policy
  framework, gender mainstreaming and good practice
Objectives: Ensure that all legislation has been assessed from
  a gender equality perspective. Using Gender Barometer,
  track implementation of gender equality legislation and policy
  framework by government. Engage with judiciary, private
  sector, political parties and media to promote gender equality
  and women’s representation in these sectors. Monitor
  implementation of 50/50 campaign and assess women’s
  participation in elections.
Gender, cultures, religions and traditional practices
Goals: The CGE evaluates the role which South
 African cultures, religions and traditions play in
 contributing towards gender inequality, works
 towards rectifying these inequalities and puts in
 place mechanisms for ongoing monitoring of
 gender transformation
Objectives: In conjunction with civil society partners
 and leadership in these sectors, raise awareness
 among communities about the mandate of the
 CGE, women’s rights and gender equality.
 Undertake test cases where necessary to challenge
 inequality. Develop interventions to change
 gender perceptions, address inequalities, and
 manage complaints.
Gender and HIV and AIDS
Goals: The CGE monitors and makes
 recommendations on the gendered responsive
 nature of government’s existing HIV/AIDS legislation
 and programmes in terms of prevention, care,
 treatment and support

Objectives: CGE assesses the extent to which the
 Broad Framework for HIV/AIDS and STI Strategic Plan
 for South Africa 2007-2011 reduces women’s and girl
 child’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. In partnership with
 civil society stakeholders, undertake awareness and
 advocacy interventions to address issues relating to
 women’s vulnerability and inequality
National Gender Machinery
Goals: As part of the NGM, the CGE seeks to monitor the
  implementation, development and efficacy of the NGM at all
  levels, and ensure the adequate implementation of
  international and regional conventions ratified by South
  Africa, impacting on gender equality and women’s status.

Objectives: The CGE engages with the NGM at national and
  provincial levels, to both monitor and strengthen its efficacy,
  undertaking joint interventions where necessary. The CGE
  undertakes monitoring and research interventions to assess
  South Africa’s implementation of Beijing, CEDAW and MDG
  obligations, sharing findings with South African and UN
  stakeholders in this regard, and advising Parliament of
  shortcomings and recommendations.
      POA 2010/2011: Highlights
Theme 1 Poverty: Monitor Government progress on MDGs,
hearings on gender & energy; maternity benefits campaign

Theme 2 GBV: Human Trafficking – Red Card campaign;
   monitoring implementation of legislation

Theme 3 D&GG: Monitoring Local Government elections; Gender
   Barometer; Gender transformation in the workplace

Theme 4 CR&T: Conference on CR&T; study on Ukuthwala

Theme 5 HIV and AIDS: Monitor National Strategic Plan on HIV
   and AIDS

Theme 6 NGM: CEDAW and Beijing reports; Review SA
   Reservations in terms of African Charter on Human and
   Peoples Rights of Women in Africa
                          Provincial Structure
 Eastern     Free State   Gauteng      Kwa-Zulu     Limpopo      Mpumala       North-      Northern     Western
  Cape                                  Natal                     naga          West        Cape         Cape

Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial
Coordinato   Coordinato   Coordinato   Coordinato   Coordinato   Coordinato   Coordina     Coordinato   Coordinato
r            r            r            r            r            r            tor          r            r
Legal        Legal        Legal        Legal        Legal        Legal        Legal        Legal
Officer                                                                                                 Legal
             Officer      Officer      Officer      Officer      Officer      Officer      Officer      Officer
Education    Education    Education    Education    Education    Education    Educatio     Education
Officer                                                                                                 Education
             Officer      Officer      Officer      Officer      Officer      n Officer    Officer      Officer
Researcher   Researcher   Researcher   Researcher   Researcher   Researcher   Research     Researcher   Researcher
Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial   Provincial                Provincial   Provincial
Admin        Admin        Admin        Admin        Admin        Admin        Provincial   Admin        Admin
Office       Office       Office       Office       Office       Office                    Office       Office
Assistant    Assistant    Assistant    Assistant    Assistant    Assistant    Office       Assistant    Assistant
                                                                              Assistant                 &
                                                                                                        ary Officer
     KZN- Key Achievements

•Dialogue on Traditional practices – consultative
workshop with stakeholders (SALC, KZN Legislature,
govt. departments etc.)
•Launch of C9 forum. Collaboration, support and
•Manyiseni complaint
•Community meetings
•Monitoring Roundtable meetings on EEC findings
•Beijing and CEDAW reports – 9 out of twelve
departments submitted reports
•Maternity benefits dialogues
•Discrimination in public transport

• Human trafficking task team – ascribes to prevention (awareness
  and education), protection (integration of services), partnerships
  (encourage partnership between govt and civil society, monitor
  and address factors of HPPB and prosecution (ensure proper
  processes in place to investigate and prosecute cases)
   – Public awareness
   – Media strategy for world cup drafted
• Popularising Karridene, Beijing and CEDAW
   – Training of VEF
• Information sessions with men in partnership with Men’s Forum
       • Sundumbili
       • Wentworth
       • Cato Manor
 KZN- Challenges & Constraints

•Increase in incidents of GBV
•Poor communication between
complainants and investigations
•Magistrates and attorneys question
involvement of the CGE
•More cases on culture and human rights
•Poor/Non compliance by departments
•Poor/Lack of continuity
              KZN- Partnerships
Partnerships with local organisations in delivery of
•Gay Centre
•Legal Resources Centre
•Gina Barbieri
•South African Law Reform Commission
•Sisters of Faith in Action (SOFIA) – women of faith based
                    KZN- M&E
The monitoring and evaluation strategies to be utilised to
ensure the success of projects/programmes

•Gender Barometer – timed monitoring

•Regular Forums on various issues e.g. GBV forum

•Develop strategies for each thematic area.
            EC- Key Achievements
Gender & Poverty:
•Information Session was held at Makana Local Municipality in order to
popularise communities on MDG’s whilst also ascertaining whether these are
being achieved or not.
•As part of our monitoring, made inputs on African Peer Review Mechanism
workshops organized by Premier’s Office.
•Organized a dialogue at Buffalo City Municipality in Duncan Village on
impact of migration and its relevance to increasing levels of poverty and
collaborated with Home Affairs Centre for Refugee and BCM
•Made inputs on Iya ( Imbumba Yamakhosikazi Akomkhulu) document
which has a number of programmes including poverty alleviation, infusing
gender equality on their programmes which is intended for rural women.
•The collaboration with IYA was also aimed at responding to issues emerging
which are most times referring to traditional practises.
•Conducted research study on Beijing Plat Form of Action and the Land
study in order to inform National Report.
               EC- Key Achievements
•Gender Based Violence seems to be the most pressing issue affecting the province
together with poverty. CGE Eastern Cape has put more efforts to address the scourge
of GBV. This has been done through :
•Workshops, Dialogues, Campaigns and discussions through Radio Programmes
•Two workshops were conducted on Human Trafficking, sex work looking at the 2010
World Cup. One of the workshops was conducted in partnership with Molo Songololo.
These workshops were held in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality including
Uitehage and City Hall Central because of the severeity of the cases in the area
which involve sex work. One of the cases resulted in the death of a young woman in
Port Elizabeth.
•Men and Boy’s dialogue was held in partnership with the Eastern Cape Council of
Churches and People Against Gender Based Violence at Zwelitsha, Buffalo City
Municipality. The focus of the workshop was on initiation because some cases of rape
that are reported in the province are as a result of a practise undertaken by the
initiates when they come out of initiation school which it is purported that it gets rid of
bad luck. These cases of rape are largely reported around Zwelitsha and Dimbaza.
•Continue to engage traditional leaders on the issue of ukuthwala which largely
includes GBV in the form of rape, physical abuse etc.
•Participated in other stakeholders programmes that seek to bring about awareness
on gender based violence.
                 EC- Key Achievements
We have continued to play a supportive role to the Parliamentary Officer’s work by making inputs
        on the proposed submission to parliament by CGE in terms of section 11 (1) ( c) of the CGE
        ACT, which states that CGE shall evaluate any Act of Parliament, any system of personal
        and family law or custom, any system of indigenous law, customs or practices and any
        other law.
In puts were made on the following Bills:
-       Criminal Law Amendment Bill
-       Recognition of Customary Law Bill
-       Marriage Amendments Bill
-       Adult Prostitution Bill
-       Trafficking Bill
-       Traditional Courts Bill etc.
Although the office has made inputs on these legislation it will be ideal if the provinces could have
        Parliamentary officers taking into consideration Provincial Government and Local
        Government proposed Bills and by laws.
Furthermore, having one legal Officer per province is not an ideal situation taking into
consideration the three spheres of government i.e. National, Provincial and Local Government
including Provincial House of Traditional Leaders and the levels of gender inequality disparities
experienced. Through the researcher in the Province we managed to produce monitoring
research reports on the following areas which inform the National Research reports in terms of our
monitoring role and in terms of section 11 (1) (j) of the CGE ACT.
The CGE Eastern Cape office has made inputs on the following research
            projects in terms of monitoring role namely:
-National Election Monitoring 2009
-Land Study Report
-Beijing Plat form for Action (shadow report)
-Made inputs to the analysis of the National Government Strategy on HIV and AIDS using the
gender lens.
                 EC- Key Achievements
Most work has been done in this area with particular focus on Ukuthwala as custom, succession,
and taking complaints from the Public.
The Commission for Gender Equality in partnership with South African Human Rights and United
Nation Population Fund have embarked on a vigorous programme that seeks to educate and
inform the public in particular in areas such as Lusikisiki, Tabankulu, Engcobo around the issue of
Ukuthwala .
The programmes are targeting Traditional leaders, Community Development Workers, and
Advice Centres in the former Transkei area as most incidents of Ukuthwala are largely reported in
that area.
To date the following programmes have been implemented in responding to this thematic area to
address the scourge ukuthwala and plight of girl children:
(1)Provincial Seminar on Ukuthwala (engaging the Traditional Leaders, Eastern Cape Provincial
Legislature, OR Tambo District Municipality, CBO’s and affected children. This seminar enabled
both CGE, SAHRC to come up with programmes that will respond to the issue that include
community dialogues, workshops with CDW’s, Traditional Leaders
(2)Seminar has enabled CGE to make informed submission on the proposed bill on Ukuthwala
(3)Take Government Departments into task with regards to lack of protection of the girl child (
Social Development especially those housed at centres
(4)Conducted a workshop on Traditional Courts Bill ( the report of the workshop informed the CGE
submission to Parliament.
(5)Continue strengthening working relations with Provincial House of Traditional Leaders in
particular Iya ( Imbumba Yama Khosikazi akoMkhulu)
(6)Workshop conducted on customary and religious marriages Act collaborated with Peddie
Women’s Support Centre.
(7)The continuing partnership with United Nation’s Population Fund, SAHRC and Premiers office has
made it possible to reach out to the most remote rural areas of province and shared resources
and expertise
            EC- Key Achievements
Two dialogue’s were conducted in collaboration with NAPWA on
HIV and AIDS at Zwelitsha and Brown Farm (Makana Municipality)
The CGE has also participated actively in workshops and
conferences of the Eastern Cape Aids Council
Strengthening Constitution and Gender Machinery.
CGE Eastern Cape has good working relations with SAHRC, Office
Public Protector; and these institutions have established Chapter
Nine Forum in the Province which has Terms of Reference that
regulate the working relationship.
This is in line with the CGE Act 39 of 1996 section 11 (f) which stipulate
that “ as far as is practicable we shall maintain close liaison with
institutions, bodies or authorities with similar objectives.
We have sound working relations with the Provincial Gender
Participate on other stakeholder’s activities that seek to promote
Gender Equality and the Bill of Rights.
     EC- Challenges & Constraints
•   The Eastern Cape has a population of 6.9.million people, made up of 38 local
    Municipalities with vast areas, six district municipalities and one metro but soon to
    have another one, i.e. Buffalo City
•   The CGE has a Provincial Office which has the following staff capacity of six staff
    members and four of these are programme staff i.e. Education Officer, Researcher,
    Legal Officer and supported by Provincial Coordinator
•   The provincial office serves the entire Province including areas that are close to KZN,
    Western Cape and Lesotho which make it difficult to cover all geographic areas of
    the Province because we are short staffed.
•   Provincial Administrator provide administration support to all the units including the
    Office of the Provincial Coordinator and Commissioner's Office.
•   Traditional practices that continue to infringe on other people’s rights such as
    Ukuthwala, Virginity Testing, Initiation and Circumcision.
•   Most laws that adopted by Parliament have not yet been translated into indigenous
    languages, making it difficult for rural communities to understand their basic rights.
•   Lack of response or cooperation by certain Government Departments when
    requested to provide information or complete questionnaires as part of
    administering our monitoring tools.
•   Budgetary constraints and resources.
•   Certain members of our society continue to ignore the basic cornerstone of our
    constitution such as equality based on gender, i.e.discriminating against women in
    succeeding as traditional leaders of their respective communities. This is evident from
    Bathekile Holomisa/Xhanti Sigcawu statement on Sigcawu traditional leadership
    dispute. This makes the work of the CGE difficult if a prominent member of our
    society continue to make such statements as opposed to upholding the constitution
    as member of parliament.
                    EC- Partnerships
Partnerships with local organisations in delivery of programmes
•The Eastern Cape Chapter Nine Forum (CGE,SAHRC,OPP) with
particular focus on Human Rights calendar events namely ( 21
March, 27,April, Women’s Month etc) and complaints handling.
•University of Forth Hare Gender Forum awareness raising
programmes on Gender Based Violence.
•Eastern Cape Council of Churches
•People Against Gender Based Violence (NGO)
•Iya (Imbumba yama Khosikazi akomkhulu launch and Programmes
on ukuthwala)
•Molo Songololo ( Human trafficking workshops)
•United Population Fund (intervention ukuthwala Programme
•Refugee centre Port Elizabeth (Home Affairs)
•Women Against Women Abuse ( WAWA NGO)
•Eastern Cape HIV/Aids Council
•Progressive Women’s Movement
•District and Local Municipalities
•Provincial Gender Machinery
•Child Welfare
The monitoring and evaluation strategies to be utilised to ensure the
success of projects/programmes
•    Through the funding and resources mobilization that has been
     made available by UNFP we have started with the
     programmes of capacitating traditional leaders on gender
     equality and Human Rights.
•    Engaged Civil Society organizations by signing TOR’s with them,
     which outline programmes that we will be conducting jointly
     with them in line with the CGE mandate. In so doing,
     maximising the minimal resources at the CGE’s disposal and
     providing capacity as well strengthening working relations.
•    In a process of establishing community response teams by
     engaging the existing structures in the communities to work
     closely with CGE in particular on rural areas. This also has been
     made possible by partnership with UNFPA, Premier’s Office and
•    Continue to formulate media statements to denounce gender
     discrimination and Gender Based Violence and in so doing
     popularizing the work of CGE and invite the Public to use our
           Turn Around Strategy
The purpose is to provide the Committee with the following:

1) An insight into the challenges prevailing in the CGE

2) The Course of action we would be pursuing to deal with these

3) To solicit inputs aimed at refining the aforementioned course of action

4) The Financial Turn Around Strategy will strengthen & support the CGE’s
         Turn Around Strategy
Over the past few years, the AG has provided audit
opinions on CGE’s conducting of financial affairs.
These opinions have been predominantly negative as
a result of shortcomings in the following areas:

  Control environment
  Control activities
  Risk management
  Information and communication
        Turn Around Strategy
Control environment

Organisational structure
Management and staff authority and responsibility
HR policies
Integrity and ethical values not developed or understood
Accounting officer not exercising oversight responsibility
Lack of competent staff

Control Activities

Inadequate segregation of duties to prevent fraud and misappropriation
Poor controls which compromise the integrity of the information systems
Poor authorisation procedures
Failure to achieve financial reporting objectives
Control activities not selected to mitigate risks
Policies and procedures related to financial reporting not well established
       Turn Around Strategy
Information and Communication
Unavailability of information to implement internal controls
Pertinent information not identified and captured in an appropriate
manner and within requisite time frames
Communications not enabling the support and execution of internal

Ongoing monitoring and supervision not undertaken
No reviews by internal audit or audit committee
Internal control deficiency not identified and communicated
Corrective actions not taken
            Turn Around Strategy
    Scope of Project Clean CGE Audit

Project clean audit endeavours to move the organisation from having received a
disclaimer to having an unqualified audit in future by addressing:

    Control activities
    Risk management
    Information and communication

The three key activities which are being pursued cover the following 3 focus

    2.Human Resource
    3.Governance and Business Process Improvement
            Turn Around Strategy

Fixed asset count
Liabilities - Payroll
Liabilities - sundry trade and staff creditors
Current asset
Petty cash
Cash and bank
Income expenditure
Audit office and reporting
Internal controls
           Turn Around Strategy
Human Resource

Employee personal records
Payroll and related records
Performance Management system
Recruitment for critical positions
Job evaluation and Organisational structure

Governance and business process Improvements

Supply chain management
Budget control
Compliance to treasury regulations
Month end policies
Document management
Capacity building within the Finance department
          Turn Around Strategy
Anticipated Outcomes

The following are anticipated outcomes:

1) Movement from disclaimer to qualified audit in year one.
2) Movement from qualified audit to unqualified audit in year two.
3) Sustaining of unqualified audit opinion in year three.
4) Improved Organisational Performance