EDITORIAL: Plans galore, now use NDP to move along

2016-09-11 07:18
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Over the past 22 years, much progress has been made in addressing the imbalances of South Africa’s past.

Poverty levels have dropped, institutions have been opened to everyone and the middle class has been growing.

The launch of the 4th Wave of the National Income Dynamics Study this week confirmed that people’s lives have been improving.

The study notes that social grants have helped households move out of poverty and also ensured that many children attended school.

The middle class, the report indicates, has also grown and Africans in this category are now outnumbering whites.

This is good, but this class only represents 15% of the population.

The study also shows that, while progress is being made, it is not enough to deal with the stubbornness of inequality and unemployment.

The report notes that the advantage of having a more educated younger generation has not yet led to a reduction in earnings inequality.

This is due to the high unemployment figures among the youth and because those who do find a regular job end up in the wholesale and retail sector, or in the community, social and personal services sectors.

The study shows us what needs to be done and indicates that South Africa needs one big idea to move the country forward.

That big idea exists in the form of the National Development Plan (NDP) – the country’s growth plan.

We need the state to work. The NDP shows that a proper working state can unlock vast potential for the country.

The NDP also points out that there is the potential for small businesses to unlock the economy to create jobs and deal with the unemployment issue.

The answer to the challenges outlined by the study clearly lies not in any new plan, but in implementation and avoiding the pointless political point-scoring.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.