Business stresses NDP implementation

2012-08-16 07:59

Johannesburg - Business Unity SA (Busa) has welcomed the final National Development Plan (NDP) as an essential roadmap to take the South African economy to where it is supposed to be.

"What matters now to business is that the NDP must be urgently implemented, to create the certainty and predictability that business and investor confidence needs," said Busa CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni on Wednesday.

Busa said the three most pressing priorities were unemployment, education and a capable state.

"The NDP also emphasises what business has been saying for some time -that all the plans and projects in the world will fail without successful implementation.

"For the NDP this will require tough decisions, political leadership and close collaboration with key stakeholders like business and labour," said Majokweni.

She said the NDP was meant to be a shared national vision over the next two decades.

"Busa therefore believes that the finalisation (sic) of the NDP should not be an excuse for further talk-shops, but rather be seen by all as a platform for urgent national action."

Earlier, National Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel presented the revised NDP to President Jacob Zuma. Zuma said the all South Africans could identify with the plan.

The commission's diagnostic document released last year outlined key problems, including too few people working, poor quality of school education for blacks, poorly located, inadequately and under-maintained infrastructure, spatial divides hobbling inclusive development, and an unsustainable, resource intensive economy.

Others were that the public health system could not meet demand or sustain quality, public services were uneven and often of poor quality, corruption levels were high, and that South Africa remained a divided society.

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  • gloria.mathebula.9 - 2012-08-16 08:18

    We all know plans and strategies are just pie in the sky until they are successfully implemented. We all know our government is too corrupted and incompetent, so implementation will certainly fail. NDP will join a list of other policies, plans, project and strategies which are now archived.

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-16 08:39

    Listened to Trevor Manuel on 702 the other day regarding this brilliant plan. When business men starting phoning in and tearing his "plan" to pieces with the reality of South African civil service ineptitude it almost sounded like he was admitiing that THE PLAN was a pie in the sky appeasement of the broader public. Full of buzzwords but no real actionable substance

      Nathan - 2012-08-16 09:23

      HI Neville, isn't it amazing that the so called upper echelons on government don't understand the basics of business strategy. If SA was a business, the sheriff of the court would have been visiting long ago.. If Trevor did a basic GAP analysis, followed by a root cause analysis of the constant failures.. He would be making vastly different decisions.. I use a simple philosophy in my own business.. Its called the "5 whys".. I never fail to find a solution to ANY problem when utilising this process.. A business is only successful if certain rules are followed. How on earth does Trevor expect "SA Inc" to be successful when these fundamentals are not followed.. just my 2 cents worth

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