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'Depts performing well'

Collins Chabane said government dept surveyed were all performing to a high standard.

Performance and evaluation minister Collins Chabane.

PRETORIA - All 103 national and provincial departments were found to be performing well, Performance and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane told a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday.

But the minister was forced to admit that this was not completely correct, despite his earlier statement.

This after the minister faced questions about how his unit could give the departments' high marks, when there were constant service delivery protests on the ground.

Chabane explained that he was referring to "best practices".

He also confirmed they were going to focus on getting Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma elected as chairperson of the African Union (AU).

This could however lead to another Cabinet reshuffle.

A decision on Dlamini-Zuma's candidacy is expected soon.

Chabane said they "will cross the bridge of another reshuffle should they come to it".

Meanwhile, Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane said they were looking for alternative sources of oil, as US sanctions on Iran take hold.

She said no local firms have asked government for compensation when forced to make major changes to their oil refineries.