Manuel urges SA to embrace NDP

2012-08-15 11:58

Cape Town - National Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel urged South Africans on Wednesday to embrace the national development plan (NDP).

"It is a plan for our collective future. It is up to all of us to make it work. We speak of a future with expanding opportunities," he told a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament convened to present the revised document to President Jacob Zuma.

"We speak of a future we must shape, because we care and because we cannot miss the opportunity to do so," Manuel said.

Over the past two years, the commission had listened to thousands of South Africans from all corners of the country and from all walks of life.

"We received comments from individuals and organisations and engaged with government departments, provinces, municipalities, state-owned enterprises, and agencies.

"The plan we present today focuses on how we can translate our political emancipation into social and economic benefits for all South Africans, but particularly for young people. That we change the life chances of young people is critical for the future of our country."

The NDP was a broad strategic plan, not a detailed one. The commission had been careful to distinguish between a broad strategy, specific policies of government and the day-to-day actions of business, government or trade unions.

"The commission has drawn from our Constitution the perspective that the future we must construct is one where no person lives in poverty and where together we deal decisively to root out the deep inequality that we have inherited.

"We are convinced that our country can and must eliminate poverty," Manuel said.

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  • clive.toerien - 2012-08-15 12:12

    the way farmers are being killed there will be no food by 2020

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:29

      TIP FOR TREVOR : lead by example....

      nina.ignjatov - 2012-08-15 12:51

      It so irritating to hear the same thing over and over again what the politicians think!!! When will action be taken?

      Hermann - 2012-08-15 12:54

      @ clive. You misstepped the issue, it is not farmers, it applies to all. Again flowery words and don't hold your breath the success will be no action.

      grant.hide - 2012-08-15 13:18

      It's like handing a space tech rocket ship to a unqualified person, it's not going to take off or go very far.

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-08-15 12:13


      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:27

      and curbing the birth rate would be the best start ...

      Mark - 2012-08-15 12:57

      @alan.gernet - It is a known fact, from all over the world, that better educated people generally have fewer children than less educated people.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 13:05

      Quite true Mark .. Unless SA can stop emulating certain politicians (and their spears), the population growth rate is far too high to ever be able to improve the lot of it's citizens. No way SA can ever keep up with that .. so our politicians are failing the nation by not addressing this issue.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-08-15 12:19

    Trevor, I would support any plan that will enable the country to grow, as I've always done by paying my taxes, for my services and my children's education. However, as long as your connections continue stealing from me, and the poor, my support will be lacking. Convince me that the cadres are no longer stealing, by showing me that your government dismisses and jails them, and you'll get my support. Ball's in your court now, can you produce?

  • andrew.johnstone.9655 - 2012-08-15 12:21

    lets see...... we have lowered the education level, the government steal billions, there is no law and order..... when is the government going to stand up and show us the way forward and not backward, when are the text books going to be delivered so our young people can learn and better themselves, when is the ANCYL going to promote instead of killing investment in our country?????? when mr Manuel

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-15 12:21

    This is a well formulated strategic plan. A prerequisite for successful implementation will be the abolition of political parties, especially the ANC, which is a huge obstacle by virtue of its inward focus, gluttonous consumption of resources, inefficiency and divisive nature.

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-08-15 12:33

      Standing ovation for this insight. Have a look at Dinokeng Scenarios which had the very same stakeholders and plan. Why was it neglected?

  • Mike - 2012-08-15 12:24

    Unless there is a change in government this is all a pipe dream.

  • greg.meyer.543 - 2012-08-15 12:27

    So when do we stop growing? At what point does loaning more money stop? Some of us arnt that stupid.. The financial system will soon come to an end. By 2020, what we know of as money and "growth" will be long gone.. The bankers and finance ministers know the inevitable outcome, but they are just kicking the can for someone else to take care of. Its going to blow up soon, starting with the EU, then America, and then the rest of the world... Investors need to wake up and loose all confidence in the system. The sooner the better..

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-08-15 12:31

    It took me nearly 2 months to get the NDP delivered where a company called Make Believe UK delivered within 2 weeks! What of the Dinokeng Scenarios which are presenting themselves now. Government the duck with its head in the sand! If the youth really is your priority. Open access to real public service by qualified youth, train enable them so that we will lead SA in 2050 when you're all gone! Right now you leave those of us with a genuine calling to serve because of corrupt, inept cadres!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-15 12:48

      100% correct, heads in the sand, & their lack of leadership & vision is seriously endangering our future. Besides the DA, there is no other opposition in sight, why I wonder?

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-15 12:34

    The inequality is no longer inherited, it is ANC made.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-15 12:37

    So they come up with a plan, but it's our responsibility to make sure it works? Nice way to make sure the blame isn't on them if they plan doesn't work, eh?

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 12:45

      They ever had a plan that came to fruition????

  • bryan.culross - 2012-08-15 12:38

    Oh pls Mr. Manuel .... when the opportunity presented itself you grabbed yourself an expensive car? Your wife is where she is because of her political connections. Pls go and lie underneath a bush as I am not really interested in more blah, blah, blah from you!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-15 12:46

    Trev. just leave the ANC, we all know that your heart is no longer with this useless bunch of criminals that cant even educate its own people. But then again if you & Pravin left, they would have nobody with any skills to run the country.

  • andre.kuhn.583 - 2012-08-15 12:51

    Free the economie from BEE, Cosatu and the like, reduce taxes, shrink the goverment, lift capital controls, improove personal safty and this country will fly and than Mr. Manuel we would even not need your plans.

  • shaun.knoesen.9 - 2012-08-15 12:51

    I smell another bottomless pit of money going to waste....

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-08-15 12:52

    Pie in the sky if you ask me. First thing, get Christo Wiese to pay R2bn! Clean up government. In private business each job is supervised by line manager. Who supervises who in government? Cap big payments if person gets gov car and house. Pay them for food only and basic needs. Not Armani suits like the one you wear Mr President and Mr Manuel. Go to parliament any day and you'd swear there's a fashion show!!!!!

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-08-15 13:01

    Dinokeng Scenarios and this NDP. What is the difference? Money wasted paying people to regurgitate the same vomit!

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-08-15 13:02

    Given the amount of oppression apartheid caused for over 40 yrs and the criminal imbalance it has created bet whites and blacks drastic measures have to be taken to correct it.To think a mere 18 yrs is enuf to correct it is a joke.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 13:50

      Huh - you been smokin dat horses hay?

  • ronald.vanhoven - 2012-08-15 13:02

    Dear Trevor. You make it sound so wonderful, "Per capita income should increase from about R50 000 per person to about R120 000 over the next two decades". That is a mere 4.5% increase year-on-year, not even our current inflation rate. Do you realise Eskom's 14.5% increase year-on-year will turn R50,000 into R750,000 in the same period? Or better set, any one earning R50,000 per annum now and paying R8,000 per annum electricity, will earn R120,000 in two decaded from now, and pay R120,000 in electricity bills! Not much left for their daily bread.

  • UNITY - 2012-08-15 13:03

    Hi Mninister Manuel, I got a plan for u.. Please employ qualified financial degreed people and auditors in government and public sector..that can report back to you. Then you report to us before the media, on how well u have rooted out corruption! That is crippling this economy!don't speak about poverty when you'll are wasting and stealing billions of rands of tax payers money, and becoming increasing architects of poverty and starvation!

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-08-15 13:32

      Immaculate assessment!

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-08-15 13:28

    How disingenuous and super-hypocrytical. Before any of these fairy ideas can start to work here is my reply to Zuma and Trevor what must FIRST happen: 1. Do away with AA EE BEE BBEE BBBEE and any other form of racial discrimination. 2. Put a STOP to all the farm murders and other violent bloodthirsty crime. 3. Stop blaming apartheid for everything that goes wrong. 4. Educate your children instead of dumping their textbooks in the veld. 5. Engage the taxpayer with talks BEFOREHAND on issues such as the freeway improvement project, instead of threatening them with e-tolls afterwards. 7. Realise that idle unworked land does NOT automatically make you wealthy. 8. Put a stop to the culture of "WE DEMAND" or else we burn everything down. 9. Start having SMALLER families so that you can provide for your children.

  • eben.vanderrmerwe - 2012-08-15 13:31

    Here is Some more tips Mr Manual. Curb corruption on an aggresive scale and start using tax money for the intended purposses Stop promising and start delivering Enforce propper ecducation to the masses Start taking human rights seriously Re-Intruduce the death penalty Relax the labour laws and start encouriging personal responsibillity Seriously fix the police and defence forces and regain public trust in these departments. Start thinking of the long terms consequences of your short term actions. But then again, addressing these issues would mean the end of the ANC goverment.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 13:52

      love the propper education bit! :)

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-15 13:56

      Dit moet propper in hulle koppe in geprop word.

  • kooskanmar - 2012-08-15 13:54

    "A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves" - As soon as the ANC regime start behaving like an ANC government, then you can start talking about any form of embrace. Your socialist agenda will eventually run out of money. It's not really a bottonless trough to feed the pigs as most of your fellow MP's believe.

  • zethu.msindo - 2012-08-15 16:12

    This should have been an an ANC policy doc in the first place.

  • mike.immelman.7 - 2012-10-22 10:36

    We all got behind the ANC, Mandela and RDP in 1994 ! Still waiting for something progressive to happen.

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