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President Jacob Zuma to launch Operation Phakisa

16 July 2014

President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 19 July 2014, launch the first phase of Operation Phakisa, a government initiative aimed at fast-tracking the delivery of some of the priorities outlined in the National Development Plan.

President Zuma announced Operation Phakisa during his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate in June this year. It is an innovative, unique and pioneering approach for transforming plans into concrete results through successful delivery.

Operation Phakisa is modeled around the government of Malaysia’s Big Fast Results methodology which they utilized to address their national key priority areas such as, poverty, crime, unemployment etc. The Malaysian government was able to register impressive results within a short period. The methodology entails eight sequential steps, which include convening a laboratory (lab), thus bringing key stakeholder together in a “lab” for intensive planning at a practical and detailed level, setting targets, monitoring of progress with implementation and making the results public.

Two labs will be convened. Firstly, the Department of Environmental Affairs has an elaborate plan for enhancing the ocean economy. Secondly, the Department of Health together with the Presidency will also focus on developing a detailed implementation strategy for improving the quality of care in all public sector clinics.

The first implementation of Operation Phakisa will be led by the Department of Environmental Affairs.  It will focus on unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans, which are estimated to have the potential to contribute up to R177 billion to GDP by 2033. There is massive untapped economic potential related to the oceans, in the areas of marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture and marine protection services and governance.

The second implementation of Operation Phakisa will be to pilot the health sector’s Ideal Clinic Initiative to improve service delivery in our clinics nationwide and this will commence later in 2014.

Operation Phakisa is suited to priorities whose success depends on the collaboration of different stakeholders.

The President will launch the first phase of the project as follows:

Date: Saturday, 19 July 2014

Time: 10h00

Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Durban

We wish to request the media to please send their RSVPs for accreditation purposes to Ireen Magwai on 072 822 5869 or or Shadi Baloyi on 078 095 7387or

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj on 079 879 3203 or

Issued by: The Presidency