THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOMINATES AFRICAN RENAISSANCE DISCUSSIONS
The National Development Plan (NDP) dominated discussions at the 15th Annual African Renaissance Conference at the International Convention Centre in Durban yesterday.
The Conference attracted all sectors of society to deliberate the future of the country through connecting Africa and creating economic growth prospects for the nation to eradicate the high levels of employment.
Professor Sihawukele Ngubane, the Deputy Chair of the African Renaissance said, “It’s about time we re-connected with the rest of Africa. We needed to address the question of African unity, and the unity of all black and white people out of the government sphere.”
The Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, elucidated that those who oppose the National Development Plan must not be quick to oppose the plan without providing any solutions. He further said that there had been vigorous engagements with the African National Congress Alliance partners in COSATU.
“The NDP drew on the constitution to provide adequate housing, quality education, proper health care, green environment and constructive dialogue,” said Manuel.
He further said that the NDP would concentrate on growing regional economic integration work with every part of the continent.
“The desires of a shack dweller are different from a property owner,” said Manuel as he referred to the NDP document reflecting on the current socio-economic inequalities that would be eradicated by 2030 if the Plan is implemented properly.
“Do we have the mental strength to stay the course? The current situation in which we find ourselves as a nation is that we are faced with an unemployment rate of 25%, but by 2030 we would have a 6% unemployment rate through the NDP,” he added.
The Minister further added that the NDP document outlines that the nation would have an economy of about R5, 27 Trillion compared to the current standings of R1, 84 Trillion. The poverty rate would be eradicated from 39% to 0% which rests heavily on the implementation of the plan, and he therefore pleaded with all sectors of society to embrace the development plan of the country.
According to Khulekani Mathe a Senior Policy Analyst in the Presidency, the Document seeks to create 24 Million Jobs by 2030 as this a 20 year plan for the nation.
“The NDP seeks to mobilize, encourage active engagement within society, and expand economy & growth,” he said.