The National Development Plan (NDP) offers a long-term perspective. It defines a desired destination and identifies the role different sectors of society need to play in reaching that goal, Minister in The Presidency: National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel, said at a media briefing on the implementation of the plan on 19 February 2013.
The NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. According to the plan, South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.
Minister Manuel highlighted the processes in the implementation of the plan:
- The NDP and its proposals will need to be implemented in the right order over the next 17 years. Three phases have been identified.
- Government has already started a process to align the long term plans of departments with the NDP and to identify areas where policy change is required to ensure consistency and coherence.
- The NDP is a plan for the whole country. Government will engage with all sectors to understand how they are contributing to implementation, and particularly to identify any obstacles to them fulfilling their role effectively.
- The Plan will shape budget allocation over the next 17 years.
- The Plan identifies the task of improving the quality of public services as critical to achieving transformation. This will require provinces to focus on identifying and overcoming the obstacles to achieving improved outcomes, including the need to strengthen the ability of local government to fulfil its developmental role.
- Planning and implementation should be informed by evidence-based monitoring and evaluation.
- The President and Deputy President will be the lead champions of the Plan within Cabinet, in government and throughout the country. Premiers and Mayors will need to be visible and active champions of the Plan, with their offices being the catalytic agencies to drive implementation at provincial and municipal levels.
- Read more about the implementation in Minister Manuel’s statement.
- Executive Summary-National Development Plan 2030 – Our future – make it work [PDF], 15 August 2012
- National Development Plan 2030: Our future – make it work, 15 August 2012
- Minister Trevor Manuel: National Development Plan launch,15 August 2012
- President Jacob Zuma: National Development Plan handover, 15 August 2012
- Summary of the National Development Plan
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