Mandate of the Department
The functional responsibilities of the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (alternatively referred to as "department" or "GDARD" elsewhere in this report) are diverse.
Informed by Gauteng's achievements of the past fifteen years and the needs of communities looking ahead, the department in alignment with the Gauteng Provincial Government as a whole focused on the following priority areas:
- Creating decent work and building a growing, inclusive economy
- Promoting quality education and skills development
- Providing better health care for all
- Stimulating rural development and food security
- Intensifying the fight against crime and corruption
- Building cohesive and sustainable communities
- Strengthening the developmental state and good governance
National Government outcomes: 2010-2014
The national government has adopted an outcomes based approach going forward for the term, the outcomes for which are listed below. GDARD is the lead department for Outcomes 7 and 10 in the province.
Outcome 7: VIBRANT, EQUITABLE, SUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIES CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS FOOD SECURITY FOR ALL.
- Sustainable land reform in Gauteng.
- Rural development and sustainable livelihoods.
- Food security at the household and provincial level.
- Job creation to skills training and capacity building.
Outcome 10: PROTECT AND ENHANCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
- Reduced climate change & improved air quality
- Sustainable natural resource management
- Protected Biodiversity
The department receives its mandate from Section 24 and 27 Section of the constitution, which comprises the Bill of Rights . Section 24 deals with the environment and Section 27 with health care, food, water and social security.
National and Provincial mandate
The department derives its mandate mainly from the national legislation and regulations. Its provincially specific mandate is determined by provincial legislation and regulations. These various legislation enable the department to carry out most of its functional responsibilities. The department utilizes the subordinate legislation in terms of national legislation and provincial laws to address specific provincial variations, only if the national legislative framework does not suffice.