Manuel: SA's development not about money

2011-11-18 12:06

Johannesburg - The national development plan (NDP) isn't just about money, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said on Friday.

Manuel was addressing a briefing in Johannesburg organised by the New Age newspaper on the NDP, released a week ago by the National Planning Commission.

Manuel is chairperson of the NPC.

"Before we see money as an obstacle, let's rather examine other alternatives," Manuel said.

Some problems - such as SA's education system - would not be solved merely by adding resources, he noted.

"Here we have to change the parameters. If the teachers aren't in class on time to teach, that's a problem - so fix it. Those teachers are paid already."

Manuel added that in the country's leafy suburbs, the education system works.

"However, for the majority the system doesn't work."

The NDP - released on November 11 in Pretoria - suggests SA needs an education system with high-quality early childhood education, with access rates over 90%, by 2030.

It also found that there should be quality school education with globally competitive literacy and numeracy standards, as well as further and higher education and training that enables people to fulfil their potential.

The NDP calls for the higher education sector to be expanded so that it would be able to contribute towards rising incomes, higher productivity and the shift to a more knowledge-intensive economy.

Finally, the NDP wants a wider system of innovation that links public institutions such as universities with areas of the economy consistent with the plan's economic priorities.

Manuel told the briefing that if education could not be transformed in the next five years, there would be more and more unemployed young people in SA.

When people became tired of waiting for services, they would toyi-toyi, he said.

"And then they'll burn down the library. Clearly SA needs to adopt a different approach."

He warned that when people feel disenchanted, they disengage.

"We must ensure that we re-enliven active participation in citizenship to ensure that democracy is dynamic."

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2011-11-18 12:15

    Offcourse not, everything is mos free!!!

  • Bigrp - 2011-11-18 12:24

    He's right; it's about the government actually having the will to develop the country and improve the lives of the people...but if we educate them too well they might not vote for the ANC again!

      100000859619065 - 2011-11-18 14:07

      I have never heard an ANC MP talk so un-ANC before... The inconvenient reality is: YOU CANNOT DEMAND ECONOMIC FREEDOM IF YOU HAVE NO ECONOMIC VALUE. It is physically impossible - it is like a stick demanding to be a container. To artificially create economic value will simply land you worse off than before, nature is not that stupid, neither is Trevor (pity though that most of the others are not). You simply cannot create one job at the expense of another - most pertinently not if the latter is one of bona fide economic value and the aforementioned is simply of political value - you are doomed to a Zimbabwe-style economic nightmare...

  • 100003071836622 - 2011-11-18 12:45

    Please guys give the Devil its credit where it is due. What he saying is absolutely true. Our problem is....What are they doing about it and WHEN!!!! We have heard so many promises, when are we going to see some real action being taken.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-18 13:15

      100003071836622 for President !

  • Asquared - 2011-11-18 12:49

    At least its a plan for the future , its a pity its taken 17 years , to much damange done in the last 17 years

  • 100002227914361 - 2011-11-18 12:55

    Tell that to the Money greeding taxes we have to pay and for the ones that are in the pipeline like the E-tolling!!!

      100003071836622 - 2011-11-18 13:03

      Yes please. I'm waiting for that scandal to hit the headlines!!!!!!!

  • Gene1 - 2011-11-18 13:27

    Amazing that the growing population is never seen as a part of the problem. You can build as many schools and universities as you wish, the level of education will never drive down population growth before its too late.

      allie - 2011-11-18 14:00

      I did not here "relaxing of labour laws" and "hard work" in his speech,but he had to mention the inherited old system like they all do.If it is more taxing and socialism,than i will not cooperate. And rejuvenate the apprenticeship system again so we can klap their heads straight again.Go learn from the germans.

      BringITon007 - 2011-11-18 14:01

      An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all). After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

      BringITon007 - 2011-11-18 14:01

      Could not be any simpler than that. Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections. These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment: 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! 5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation. Can you think of a reason for not sharing this? Neither could I.

  • mfidos - 2011-11-18 14:42

    I beleive that the minister is correct when he alluded the fact that if teacher are not on time at school then progress will be slow, but i just want to know what is done with teacher who are not punctual,take up to six months of leave, coming to school drunk?I also beleive that we need strict measures in order for us to reach our goal of quality education, at the moment we are not near that goal.

      Justwatching - 2011-11-18 15:19

      Fire them

  • tagp - 2011-11-18 22:01

    Good Morning South Africa is it not about time that we reintroduce the apprenticeship. We would then make people realize that that there are no free lunches. Stop all the importing of oversea's products and get the people back to work manufacturing products proudly South African before it is too late.

  • eastcoaststi - 2011-11-19 09:14

    Fear and greed are unfortunately the new laws of society with everyone looking out for number one. This attitude will only lead to despair and a breakdown in economic fundamentals. Tokyo and Trevor appear to be our only hope of crawling out of this mess.

  • valkyriaza - 2011-11-21 15:15

    I wonder what is happening within ANC that a fair amount of ANC members have stopped saying everything is hunky dory in SA. Trevor Manuel wouldn't have been allowed to say this a few years ago

  • Adam - 2011-11-24 20:58

    We have to remember that trevor (I refuse to use a capital T) was the minister of finance that allowed wild expediture.This wild and reckless expenditure was not limited to the anc government,but he also pushed the public to spend. Remember him arrogantly shouting "what recession,we are not in a recession". Well trevor, you were wrong. The NDP must first see money as an obstacle.Investor confidence is also important,and trevor just voted against it yesterday, otherwise we will have a load of well educated people again with no employment opportunity.BE,BBEE AA,AAAAA ZZZZZZZ will not even help.The NDP doesnt stand a chance with trevor at the helm, its time people saw him for what he is.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-08-15 12:27

    Well said Mr Manuel,but please educate your cadres in this regard. Care to talk about CRIME and CORRUPTION which is rife and harmful to the economy? I have followed your views over the years, excellent, however your cadres do not pay heed to you because all talk and no implementation is evident.Here we have a department that does sterling planning but no delivery.Most government departments have excellent plans for corruption and pilfering which is done most effectively.How about turninig this effective practice around for the beterment of all South Africans?

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