The world is facing a series of complex challenges that threaten humanity on a number of levels. In many ways, we should agree that simple, linear decision-making belongs to the past century. The increased connectedness ushered in by the era of globalization and technology advancements has created unprecedented opportunities, and risks that were hitherto unforeseen.
Distinguished public servants
I must indicate that we used up luck and fruit, so as per the Auditor-General‘s report the presentations this days are actually quite fruitless.
Part of what I would like to do with you this morning is to offer an opportunity for us to reflect on what we do and to reflect on the quality of public services that we render.
Thank you for inviting me to speak tonight on the National Development Plan, with particular focus on the economic aspects of the plan.
When President Zuma appointed the National Planning Commission in May 2010, he asked the Commission to take a ‘critical, cross-cutting and long term perspective’ on the challenges confronting South Africa. He invited the commission to develop a plan for the country that would serve as a vision and coherent programme to overcome the key challenges confronting us – poverty and inequality.
Thank you for the opportunity to address you here today. If ABASA does give awards, then I would like to promote a new award for Dogged Determination, for which there would only be one nominee, Mr Ignatius Sehoole.
At a national conference of professionals, such as this, the expectations of a speech by an outsider, such as I am, is that we will speak to you about how great your profession is and how you can make it greater still. With your permission, I would like to accept that as ground already canvassed.
I am grateful for the opportunity to address this important conference. Cities are important organisms. They are places of creation - of wealth, of opportunities, and of new ideas. They create the agglomerations for production of goods and services at a rapid rate to meet growing demands in their immediate markets and across the globe.
The most powerful role players in the field of basic education – including government, trade unions, business and non-governmental organisations – came together at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria Tuesday morning (16 July) to launch a clear plan for joint action to improve education.
As I listened to the address of the Speaker of the National Assembly at this podium yesterday I was reminded of how far we have come since President Nelson Mandela delivered his first State of the Nation Address. It is important that we take time to reflect on the journey that we have travelled but at the same time to ask whether we have made sufficient progress. We must reflect on where we find ourselves now as a country but also locate that reflection within the shifts that have taken place globally over this period.
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