National Planning Commission - NPC report

National Planning Commission - NPC report

SA problems need new approach: NPC

National Planning Commission - Cyril Ramaphosa

"South Africa can get rid of poverty and reduce inequality over the next 20 years if it undergoes a paradigm shift," that is according to the national development plan released today.
"At the core of the vision statement are two issues. It's about eliminating poverty and reducing inequality and giving South Africans a better life," National Planning Commission (NPC) Deputy Chairman Cyril Ramaphosa told reporters in Pretoria.
"This requires a new approach, one that moves from passive citizenry receiving services from the state, to one that systematically includes the socially and economically excluded," reads an overview of the plan developed by the NPC.
The NPC is headed by Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, who worked with 24 independent commissioners since their appointment in May 2010 to produce South Africa's first ever national development plan.
The plan proposes that people are active champions of their own development and that the government works effectively to develop people's capabilities. For this approach to be successful it requires faster economic growth and higher investment and employment, rising education standards, a healthy population and social protection. It would need an effective and capable government, collaboration between the private and public sectors and strong leadership from all sectors of society.
The plan proposes that people are active champions of their own development and that the government works effectively to develop people's capabilities.
Train the unemployed - teach skills

Create employment

Build quality homes - moladi
Poverty eradication
The two main goals of the plan are to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. South Africa has not adopted a standard definition of poverty, so the NPC suggests using a poverty line of about R418 (in 2009 prices) per person per month. The plan's success would be based on reducing the proportion of people living below this level from the 39% of the population now, to zero by 2030.
Reducing inequality would be achieved if the Gini co-efficient falls from the current level of 0.7 to 0.6 by 2030. The Gini co-efficient is a measure of inequality, with zero representing full equality and one maximum inequality. A level of 0.6 would still be very high, but mark a significant shift..
The other problems identified are poorly located and maintained infrastructure, or lack thereof; spatial patterns that exclude the poor from the fruits of development; an economy overly and unsustainably resource intensive; and a widespread disease burden compounded by a failing public health system.
The vision statement and national development plan were handed to President Jacob Zuma on Friday afternoon. The president would consider them, and there would be consultations over the next six months to improve on the plan. After this, cabinet could adopt it.
What moladi has proposed to the National Planning commission is - Train the unemployed to build for the homeless. The country has a lack of skills and a huge backlog of houses - by implementing skills transfer quality homes can be built creating "job Creators"
Keywords - moladi, NPC, national planning commission, Cyril Ramaphosa, Trevor Manuel, skills, Reducing inequality, unemployment, employment, poverty

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