Pretoria: The revised National Development Plan – which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequity by 2030 – is expected to be handed over to President Jacob Zuma during a joint sitting of Parliament next week.
This is according to a statement issued by Government Communications (GCIS) following Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.
The National Planning Commission, headed by Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, released a draft of the National Development Plan for public comment in November last year.
Since then, South Africans from all walks of life have been giving their inputs to the document.
Following a six-month period of public consultation, the Commission is now ready to hand over the revised plan to the President. Cabinet is expected to then consider the plan for adoption.
The National Development Plan seeks to help the country to reduce its high unemployment rate to 14% in 2030 by growing the economy by around 5% annually.
The document, drawn up after a year of intensive work by the Commission identifies nine key problems facing the country – namely, poor education, divided communities, uneven public service performance, an unsustainable resource-intensive economy, a high disease burden, unemployment, existing spatial patterns, crumbling infrastructure and corruption.