Vi­sion 2030 driv­ing SA’s agenda

driv­ing SA's agenda

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The Na­tional Devel­op­ment Plan is in its fifth year and achiev­ing much suc­cess

With the Na­tional Devel­op­ment Plan (NDP) now in its fifth year, govern­ment is plac­ing greater em­pha­sis on align­ing the coun­try's bud­get to the tar­gets set out in the plan as it strives to make them a re­al­ity.

The NDP was drafted by the Na­tional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion – a team of ex­perts from dif­fer­ent sec­tors – and adopted on 12 Septem­ber 2012.

Speak­ing at an event mark­ing the fifth an­niver­sary of the adop­tion of the NDP, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma said the bud­get would be used to pur­sue the goal of in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth.

“Cab­i­net has di­rected the Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion to work with the Eco­nomic Clus­ter of govern­ment de­part­ments to en­sure that there is align­ment be­tween the pri­or­i­ties in the NDP and the bud­get.

“This is an im­por­tant step be­cause the NDP will re­main an empty prom­ise as long as its no­ble goals are not matched with bud­get com­mit­ments,” he added.

Vi­sion 2030

The NDP cov­ers a wide va­ri­ety of ar­eas, from the econ­omy to se­cu­rity, from strength­en­ing the ca­pac­ity of the state to re­duc­ing the high lev­els of crime and cor­rup­tion.

“The NDP tells us and the world where our coun­try should be in 2030,” said the Pres­i­dent.

“Our vi­sion as con­tained in the NDP is for a South

Africa in which those who seek em­ploy­ment will be em­ployed. It should be a coun­try in which the youth will have ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are striv­ing for a so­ci­ety in which cit­i­zens will live healthy, long lives, a place where there is no fear of crim­i­nals and where all live safely and se­curely. We are build­ing a coun­try with a ca­pa­ble state that sup­ports cit­i­zens to ful­fil their dreams and freely ex­press their tal­ents.”

It also en­vis­ages a grow­ing econ­omy that is re­spon­sive to the de­mands of a fast-chang­ing world – an econ­omy that does not only ben­e­fit the few.

The Pres­i­dent noted that govern­ment was also tak­ing con­crete steps to im­ple­ment the NDP.

“Through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa, our Big Fast Re­sults pro­gramme, we have de­vel­oped very spe­cific in­ter­ven­tions in the oceans econ­omy, health, ed­u­ca­tion, min­ing and agri­cul­ture sec­tors.

“Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa pro­grammes in the oceans econ­omy, for ex­am­ple, have since 2014 un­locked R7 bil­lion in in­vest­ments and cre­ated more than 6 000 jobs.”

Work­ing to­gether to do more

Govern­ment is also im­ple­ment­ing in­cen­tives and sup­port ser­vices for in­vestors through the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zones pro­gramme.

Six In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Zones, es­tab­lished be­tween 2002 and 2014, have at­tracted 59 in­vestors on site with an in­vest­ment value of more than R10 bil­lion.

“Th­ese achieve­ments demon­strate that work­ing to­gether we can in­deed do more. It is the same col­lec­tive ef­fort which made it pos­si­ble for all of us to build a new na­tion from the ashes of apartheid.

“It is by work­ing to­gether that our gross do­mes­tic prod­uct grew in real terms from R1.6 tril­lion in 1994 to just over R3 tril­lion in 2015.

Em­ploy­ment has also grown from 9.5 mil­lion peo­ple in 1994 to 16 mil­lion peo­ple at the end of 2015.

“Ac­cess to hous­ing and ba­sic ser­vices have im­proved through the con­struc­tion of four mil­lion new houses since 1994, in­creas­ing con­nec­tions to electricity to 95 per­cent of the house­holds and piped wa­ter to 85 per­cent of house­holds.

“It is by work­ing to­gether that we can build on the 2.5 per­cent eco­nomic growth that was recorded in the last quar­ter to a sus­tain­able growth path that can cre­ate jobs for the mil­lions who are un­em­ployed.

“Each one of us will have to play a role if we are to bring about a South Africa which is en­vis­aged in the NDP,” said Pres­i­dent Zuma.

Progress made so far

Progress has been made in im­ple­ment­ing the NDP, which has been main­streamed as govern­ment's pro­gramme of ac­tion through the Medium Term Strate­gic Frame­work (MTSF), he added.

The MTSF 2014-2019 has 14 out­comes, which in­clude ed­u­ca­tion, health, safety and se­cu­rity, in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth, job cre­ation, in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment, na­tion build­ing and so­cial co­he­sion, among oth­ers.

“Since we started im­ple­ment­ing the NDP, we have marked progress in a num­ber of ar­eas.

“More peo­ple live longer than be­fore, life ex­pectancy has im­proved. A lot more chil­dren are at school get­ting the ed­u­ca­tion whose qual­ity is grad­u­ally im­prov­ing.

How­ever, progress is not be­ing recorded across all sec­tors.

“The reach of the ba­sic ser­vices has not fully reached all cit­i­zens, es­pe­cially those who live in the ru­ral ar­eas. Govern­ment thus con­tin­ues to work daily to ex­pand the reach of wa­ter, electricity, roads hous­ing and other ser­vices to the peo­ple.”

In­clu­sive econ­omy needed

The Pres­i­dent added that the econ­omy had not fully re­cov­ered from the ef­fects of apartheid.

“We have cre­ated a rel­a­tively large black mid­dle class which is ac­tively in­volved in the eco­nomic life of our na­tion. How­ever, this achieve­ment has not fun­da­men­tally trans­formed the struc­ture and own­er­ship pat­terns of the econ­omy.

“Too many peo­ple who need jobs to sup­port

them­selves and their fam­i­lies are still un­em­ployed.”

The fruits of the eco­nomic growth since 1994 have been en­joyed by a few, he noted.

“The fun­da­men­tal chal­lenge we face, which is the prin­ci­pal goal that is iden­ti­fied in the NDP, is to grow the econ­omy in a man­ner that is in­clu­sive.

“We need to fun­da­men­tally change the struc­ture, sys­tems, in­sti­tu­tions and pat­terns of own­er­ship, man­age­ment and con­trol of the econ­omy in favour of all South Africans, es­pe­cially the poor, the ma­jor­ity of whom are African and fe­male.”

Given that ap­prox­i­mately 75 per­cent of the econ­omy is in the hands of the pri­vate sec­tor, Pres­i­dent Zuma said it would take com­mit­ment from both govern­ment and busi­ness to ef­fect fun­da­men­tal change.

Ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion key

Min­is­ter in The Pres­i­dency for Plan­ning, Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Jeff Radebe, who is also the Chair­per­son of the Na­tional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said high-level lead­er­ship meet­ings are be­ing held reg­u­larly be­tween govern­ment and busi­ness, govern­ment and labour, and govern­ment and civil so­ci­ety.

Th­ese pro­vide a route for fo­cused di­a­logues to dis­cuss the con­tri­bu­tion of each sec­tor to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the NDP, iden­tify block­ages and de­velop a com­mon un­der­stand­ing of how ob­sta­cles will be over­come.

“The NDP has got tan­gi­ble pro­grammes that are cur­rently be­ing im­ple­mented in var­i­ous sec­tors in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment, oceans econ­omy, ed­u­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy, agri­cul­ture and many oth­ers.

“We may dis­agree in some of the finer de­tails like the pri­or­ity ar­eas, ap­proaches and per­spec­tives, but this should not pre­vent us from get­ting to­gether to craft a way for­ward,” he said.

Min­is­ter Radebe added that the na­tion was in­vited to en­gage in con­struc­tive dia­logue, so that to­gether “we can work to­wards a com­mon growth path”.

Source: SAnews

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