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National Development Plan An extract from the Vision Statement
We, the people of South Africa, have journeyed far since the long lines of our first democratic election on 27 April 1994, when we elected a government for us all. We began to tell a new story then. We have lived and renewed that story along the way. Now in 2030 we live in a country which we have remade.
We have created a home where everybody feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential. We are proud to be a community that cares.
We have received the mixed legacy of inequalities in opportunity and in where we have lived, but we have agreed to change our narrative of conquest, oppression, resistance.
We felt our way towards a new sense of ourselves:
Trying, succeeding and making mistakes Proclaiming success and closing our minds to failure Feeling orientated and disorientated through our own actions Affirming some realities and denying others Proclaiming openness to the world, yet courting insularity Eager to live together, yet finding it difficult to recognise shared burdens Learning to recognise and acknowledge shared successes
Our new story is open-ended with temporary destinations, only for new paths to open up once more.
It is a story of unfolding learning. Even when we flounder we remain hopeful. In this story, we always arrive and depart.
We have come some way.
What we do, and how we do it, is as important as what we want to achieve. What we are is because of who we have been and what we want to become. We will continue to make it to make us, because we are happy with being who we are.
Who are we?
We are Africans. We are an African country. We are part of our multi-national region. We are an essential part of our continent. Being Africans, we are acutely aware of the wider world, deeply implicated in our past and present. That wider world carries some of our inheritance. We have learned a great deal from our complex past, adding continuously to our experience of being African.
South Africa belongs to all its people.
Now, in 2030, our story keeps growing as if spring is always with us.
Once, we uttered the dream of a rainbow. Now we see it, living it. It does not curve over the sky.
It is refracted in each one of us at home, in the community, in the city, and across the land, in an abundance of colour.
When we see it in the faces of our children, we know: there will always be, for us, a worthy future.