IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
POST-SONA MEDIA BRIEFING
Minister for National Planning in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel
Minister in The Presidency: Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration Collins Chabane, MP
- Cape Town 19 February 2013
At the national conference of the ruling party held at Manguang from the 16th to 20th December 2012, the ANC issued a draft declaration on 20th December. In this declaration, the following was said about the NDP , “ We engaged in vigorous and searching debates on the persistence of the legacy of apartheid colonialism, reflected in the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
Responding to these challenges , we are boldly entering the second phase of the transition from apartheid colonialism to a national democratic society. This phase will be characterised by decisive action to effect economic transformation and democratic consolidation,critical both to improve the quality of life of all South Africans and to promote nation building and social cohesion.
Consequently , in pursuance of these objectives, we embraced Vision 2030 and the National Development Plan as a platform for united action by all South Africans to eradicate poverty, create full employment and reduce inequality as critical building blocks towards a truly united ,non-racial , non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society”
19 OKTOBER 2012
TOESPRAAK: TREVOR MANUEL, LP
President Prof Theuns Eloff;
Uitvoerendebestuurslede van die AHI;
Mnr Christo van der Rheede, Uitvoerende Hoof;
Dames en Here.
Dankie vir die uitnodiging om die AHI Konferensie hier in Skukuza toe te spreek. Dankie ook vir die inisiatief vir die belyning van die AHI-fokus met die nasionale ontwikkelingsplan – die Finweek bylaag is ‘n groot tree vorentoe, en die Nasionale Beplanningskommissie is inderdaad trots op julle belangstelling.
Suid-Afrika behoort aan al sy mense.
Ons, die mense van die land, behóórt aan mekaar.
Ons ís en lééf die reënboog.
Ons huise, buurte, stede, dorpe en statte is veilig – luister na die gelag!
Deur ons instellings orden ons ook ons lewens.
Ons kinders se gesigte toon die toekoms – ‘n toekoms wat ons self gebeeldhou het.
This lecture has a topic assigned by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, “Leadership for Nation Building”. This is a difficult topic with layers of complexity. The subject would be difficult in ordinary circumstances. But it’s even more complex given the events in our country since workers at Marikana first started gathering at that koppie outside the mine. We all have a host of questions in the wake of Marikana. These include: “What do recent events mean for our sense of nationhood, has trust broken down completely? What do these events mean for the leadership of the tripartite alliance, whose components are credited with leading from the depths of oppression and exploitation to the present? What do they mean for our Constitution, whose Founding Provisions we proudly hold up, especially that of ‘Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms’; and the ‘Supremacy of the Constitution and the Rule of Law’. And if our nation is so tenuously held together by the values of our Constitution, what happens when these values no longer hold?” And do all South African truly embrace these values? Exactly what is on the other side of all of this?
The University of Cape Town, with the support of the National Planning Commission, is co-ordinating a national conference to be held in the first week of September 2012. The purpose of the conference is to share insights and stimulate deeper thinking about strategies to overcome poverty and inequality in South Africa. This is the first stage in a process leading to what is hoped will be a third Carnegie inquiry in this country.
The conference will combine formal presentations of analytical research papers with panel discussions and presentations of on-the-ground innovation and interventions in practice. In particular, it will aim to stimulate thinking around the lessons that applied research and practical initiatives have to offer.
There are numerous and intersecting themes, ranging from macro-economic debates, to education, to new models of agriculture. Within each thematic area, we seek to understand and benchmark the current debates, and to explore the critical levers to addressing blockages that perpetuate inequality.
For more information on the conference, go to: www.carnegie3.org.za
South Africa belongs to all its peoples.
We, the people, belong to one another.
We live the rainbow.
Our homes, neighbourhoods, villages, towns, and cities are safe and filled with laughter.
Through our institutions, we order our lives.
The faces of our children tell of the future we have crafted.
Ladies and Gentlemen, that is our vision for South Africa in 2030, anchored in our Constitution. Today, we want to remind all South Africans that it is our future, let us build it!
Thank you very much for including a discussion on the National Development Plan in this very important conference that you have convened under the theme, ” New challenges in Agriculture.” Of course, we would much prefer it if Agri SA recognized that the proposed plan is the greatest opportunity presented to agriculture, rather than a challenge.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you. I bring flowers and chocolates to help spice up this debate, figuratively speaking. The President last week framed his speech with reference to the draft National Development Plan that the National Planning Commission released on 11 November 2012.
Much of Asia’s developmental model is premised on using a country’s comparative advantage to build a set of institutions and capabilities to reposition themselves for a different future. In Korea for example, significant progress in agriculture enabled the generation of resources to be spent on infrastructure and skills for a modern industrial economy.