Manuel’s show is on the road

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - CAIPHUS KGOSANA

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

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