The National Development Plan (NDP) offers a long-term perspective. It defines a desired destination and identifies the role different sectors of society need to play in reaching that goal, Minister in The Presidency: National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel, said at a media briefing on the implementation of the plan on 19 February 2013.
The NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. According to the plan, South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.
In 2012, Cabinet adopted the National Development Plan (NDP) which is a long term vision and plan for the country. It serves as a blueprint for the work that needs to be done to achieve a prosperous society for our country in 20 years’ time. The core priorities of the NDP are to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality.
The NDP includes all key policy instruments developed in the previous term of government to drive its policy agenda. These include the New Growth Path, which sets the trajectory of economic development; the National Infrastructure Plan, which guides the rollout of infrastructure to improve people’s lives and enable economic growth; and the Industrial Policy Action Plan, which focuses on promoting investment and competitiveness in leading sectors and industries.
Government has since 2012 made progress in implementing the NDP. For instance, an Office of the Chief Procurement Officer in National Treasury has been established to ensure value for money and reduce corruption as proposed in the NDP. The legislation to prevent public servants from doing business with the state was signed into law by the President in 2014 while the Employment Tax Incentive Act aimed at helping young people enter the labour market came into effect in 2014 after being signed into law in 2013.
The NDP informs the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) priorities. It is government’sfive-year implementation phase of the National Development Plan and is structured around
14 priority outcomes which cover the focus areas identified in the NDP and election manifesto of the governing party. These include education, health, safety and security, economic growth
and employment, skills development, infrastructure, rural development, human settlements, local government, environment, international relations, an effective public sector, social
protection, nation-building and social cohesion.
The aim of the MTSF is to ensure policy coherence, alignment and coordination across government’s plans, including the alignment of budgeting processes. It builds on the work done between 2009 and 2014, including our experiences and learning.
Minister Manuel highlighted the processes in the implementation of the plan:
- The NDP and its proposals will need to be implemented in the right order over the next 17 years. Three phases have been identified.
- Government has already started a process to align the long term plans of departments with the NDP and to identify areas where policy change is required to ensure consistency and coherence.
- The NDP is a plan for the whole country. Government will engage with all sectors to understand how they are contributing to implementation, and particularly to identify any obstacles to them fulfilling their role effectively.
- The Plan will shape budget allocation over the next 17 years.
- The Plan identifies the task of improving the quality of public services as critical to achieving transformation. This will require provinces to focus on identifying and overcoming the obstacles to achieving improved outcomes, including the need to strengthen the ability of local government to fulfil its developmental role.
- Planning and implementation should be informed by evidence-based monitoring and evaluation.
- The President and Deputy President will be the lead champions of the Plan within Cabinet, in government and throughout the country. Premiers and Mayors will need to be visible and active champions of the Plan, with their offices being the catalytic agencies to drive implementation at provincial and municipal levels.
Read more about the implementation in Minister Jeff Radebe's statement below:
- Minister Jeff Radebe: Launch of new NDP Vision 2030 Brand Identity
- Executive Summary-National Development Plan 2030 - Our future - make it work [PDF], 15 August 2012
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