Manuel’s show is on the road
THE government is seeking 20 commissioners to lead the work of the National Planning Commission, the agency based in the Presidency managing overall government planning.
Trevor Manuel, the reponsible minister in the Presidency, said they were also looking for South Africans for a permanent secretariat providing administrative support.
“The show is on the road. Today we call for nominations… we want very smart people, very committed people.”
Manuel said he hoped to finalise the appointments by March. The commissioners will serve for five years and are expected to produce their first report within 18 months.
A planning commission was created after Zuma reconfigured his cabinet and created an agency to co-ordinate policies and rationalise resources .
Following objections from labour federation Cosatu, saying the proposed paper gave him too much power, Manuel said yesterday that the commission would no longer have executive powers, but would ensure consistency and co-ordination of government policies.
The DA has slammed the failure to draft a white paper to define the powers of the commission, saying this negated best democratic practice.
Nomination forms for the commissioners and application forms for its secretariat can be found on the presidency’s website www.thepresidency.gov.za