Manuel sets out plan for rural growth

2012-10-21 17:36

Johannesburg - The huge income-distribution gap will always hang over South Africans’ heads like the Sword of Damocles.

Various steps are required to tackle poverty and inequality, Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency in charge of the National Planning Commission, told the AHI conference in Skouzas.

One needs a standard to address poverty, but inequality is more difficult and arises out of complex issues – including history, education, skills and labour relations.

Manuel explained the Commission’s approach to solutions in terms of proposals regarding the rural economy. 

They begin with setting out the vision for rural areas; the emphasis is on opportunities for full participation. The Commission accepts that infrastructure needs augmentation for full participation, he said. 

A series of proposals for farm-worker empowerment and labour relations have also been made. Land reform can be implemented by creating committees on a district rather than a national level, which comprise commercial and newly established farmers, agricultural and trade organisations as well as government representatives. These committees can identify land, working together with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. 

Manuel said the possibility of creating around 643 000 jobs in agriculture virtually immediately is also set out in the plan and agricultural organisations believe this could work. 

All that is now required is initiatives, he said – people or organisations to come forward who will be accountable for what they do.

He said we ourselves are the only people who can make a difference in our lives. He referred to a recent article that described South Africa as “Over the Rainbow”. But no matter how difficult the circumstances, we have to keep believing in our ability to make a difference, he said.

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  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-21 17:53

    Trevor how long have you been in Planning and thats all we hear talk talk talk now 643 000 jobs more talk talk talk where is the money coming from trevor, your boss the prezzie has looted most of the money and he has his eyes on getting more. Come on Trevor, you were a respected person in your last job, show us you have some self respect, stand up and speak out,

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-21 18:36

      Manuel spends a lot of time drawing up plans and the ANC government spend a lot of time ignoring them.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-21 19:06

      Nkandla is rural Definitely growing..

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-21 22:15

      The reason why this is doomed to fail is locked up in the one word "accountable". Trevor, who is accountable for the Nkandlagate fiasco, what are you going to do about it? Who is accountable for the Arms deal's arms that are not flying or rusting? You wrote the cheque. What are you going to do about it?

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-10-22 09:08

      Yes my friend, more plans, more talk, more empty promises.

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-10-22 09:11

      Also Trevor, they say show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-21 18:06

    Visions and committees - again. Accountability is not possible in a culture of the collective mindset. Initiative has been lacking for decades. Nkandla is being hailed as rural growth. We wait to be informed as to HOW, WHEN and HOW MUCH.

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-10-21 18:10

    This is just talk & talk & talk! All of a sudden we have meetings upon meetings and Zuma making announcements about rescue packages, Gordhan doing the same and now Manuel as well. ALL AN ELECTION PLOY! Talk is cheap and the ANC brings that message home on a daily basis! Stop wasting our time already!

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-21 18:13

    "all that is required is iniatives : organisations to come forward who will be accountable for what they do " So says Trevor : Please deliver this message to your useless ANC cadres who are not accountable for anything they do !!!!!!1

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-21 18:26

      Every rural development initiative(excl Nkandla of course) has been abandoned due to arguments over land ownership, lack of infrastructure. skills and rampant corruption (revealed but goes unpunished).

      wwrer.ww - 2012-10-21 18:49

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  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-21 18:27

    Start at Nkandla. Serious poverty going on down there!

  • ike.jakson - 2012-10-21 18:27

    Words are but words, Trevor. In America they have a saying for it: “You must be able to Walk the Talk.” Tell us how you are walking it, good Sir.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-21 18:30

    I never did like you, Manuel. You're history.

  • marnus.lamprecht - 2012-10-21 18:35

    There are obstacles in the lives of certain people, but very seldom is an obstacle of such a nature that it can't be overcome. If you listen to people that have achieved a lot they will almost to the last person tell you of things that stood in their way and hardship they had to overcome, they saw it as challenges. The lazy, uninspired person will just complain and give these challenges as an excuse to be an underachiever. Warren Buffet started life by selling chewing-gum, golf balls and working in a grocery store, look where he is now! \r\nTrevor can make all these plans but if you have the mentality they created in this generation it will be just like the rest of the governments ideas or plans. It is easier to bitch and moan to the government for a grant or a bursary or a house than to actually do something yourself. \r\nIf you create 600 000 jobs in agriculture what salary are these people going to get paid, in a few months they will strike and destroy. \r\nThe inequality in our current society where certain population groups need to over achieve the get into university, where you have to work your butt off to compete with the BEE policy, where you can't get a bursary at uni cause your father is white...these are the things that force one to work even harder and if you want to achieve your dreams you must do all you can. That is why certain people will stay successful because we don't beg and stand with hands open we work. Trevor change the mentality of your followers and you won't have to spoon feed them for ever.

      wwrer.ww - 2012-10-21 18:52

      It is called the welfare state. The Swedes invented it.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-21 18:38

    Manuel and Chanane are toothless dogs in the presidency. Chabane was supposed to evaluate perfomance, but they all non performers and nobody seems to be taking action. Manuel has been talking without action. Getting sick!

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-21 18:49

    Was personally offering all this to the state, the people and SME's for the past decade and even went promoting financial literacy along with PWC 'best in the world tutorship' but was slapped in the face at every turn by corrupt nepotistic deployed connivery and finally have no more energy for facing the undercurrent of racism and anti-established administration. To this day I doubt there is a single 'accounting officer' in Soweto, and why should there be? You don't have to have one to rush sign up a few pieces of paper to get a black plastic bag stuffed with illicit tax payers stolen laundered funds or even for the massive grants and gifts of the NYDA, GEP and all related nonsense. I begin to wonder if there is any substance in that SABEF along with LGBN (local government business network} when we see daily nearly all local government collapse and municipalities go bankrupt and news that has brought to light that there SHOULD NOT BE "business and local government internecine relationships" in any event {commonly called corruption}.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-21 19:08

      Time for a farmer strike

  • lex.holmes2 - 2012-10-21 19:31

    Mr Manuel you have lost all credibility by virtue of your association with the ANC. No one is going to listen to a word you say.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-21 20:49

      As they say ... Birds of the same feather. He is in the ANC feathering his nest like all the other ANC crooks

  • uraharabluekisuke - 2012-10-21 20:58

    And they must implement effectively, planning alone does not translate to automatic growth

  • kgotso.selome - 2012-10-22 06:16

    another vision and planning. lol...

  • kgotso.selome - 2012-10-22 06:20

    the elections policy have to change, the masses must decide who should lead the country and not the party. Reason why myself and other people voted ANC its not because of race, its because other parties are not bringing enough to the drawing board. they do what the public is doing, they complain instead of acting.

  • denzil.davan - 2012-10-22 07:26

    "The huge income-distribution gap will always hang over South Africans’ heads like the Sword of Damocles." - When are the trade unions going to realise that Percentage based increases just increase the gap even more. Rather ask for a Rand Figure "across the board". A person with earning R10000 a month getting a 5% increase will get a R500 increase, whilst a person earning R50000 will get a R2500 increase. This % based increase just increases the gap. Rather just give each of them R500 increase and the gap reduces.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-10-22 10:18

      How about everyone just gets paid what the job is worth? Your way of thinking will always lead to the money running out and more people being without work.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-22 10:14

    If the unions are involved, Trevor's plan will never be cost effective. At best it just takes money from one place, thereby killing development there, to try and establish something where is scores political points for the ANC. Sipho robs Paul type spending will in the end help no-one.

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