ANC's Jeff Radebe insists it will reach its 2030 NDP targets

2017-07-02 09:09
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. (Photo: GCIS)

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. (Photo: GCIS)

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

Johannesburg - The African National Congress is insisting that it will meet its economic goals for the year 2030 despite the economic decline, its head of policy Jeff Radebe said on Saturday.

The National Development Plan is a government plan to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.

Radebe was briefing the media on the implementation of the NDP which will form part of discussions at the policy conference this week.

He presented a watered down recommendation from the policy committee which will be presented to the delegates at the policy conference.

The economic downturn and radical economic transformation as well as land reform will play centre stage during policy discussions.

Objectives

Radebe reiterated that the ANC was committed to ensuring that it obtains its objectives of the NDP.

"We do not live in isolation. There are conditions that are out of our control, especially in the economy with the global downturn and also our own subjective situation in South Africa has given rise to this negative economic growth currently, but we are committed of ensuring that we obtain our objectives of the NDP."

In defence of the NDP, he said journalists should remember that the NDP is not plan of government but rather a plan approved by Parliament and in essence by the people of the country.

He added that the private sector which controls 70% of the economy also has a duty in the implementation of the NDP.

The ANC's own alliance partners, the SACP as well as Cosatu have raised concern over the NDP. Radebe skirted around questions surrounding statements by alliance partners on the NDP.

Cosatu has often said that the NDP fails to make the radical economic shift needed to tackle unemployment, inequality and poverty, and threatens to reverse some advances made.

South African Communist Party deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin has been quoted saying that there were flaws within the NDP.

Key outcomes

Radebe, however, said while Cosatu had reservations on the NDP centred around the economic section, he believed that the parties alliance partners had not rejected it.

"I can't speak for them but my perception is that they have not rejected the NDP. I cannot speak on the SACP but its common cause that the general secretary [Blade Nzimande] is  a member of Cabinet so are top officials of the SACP which just demonstrates to you [they] are implementing the NDP in terms of the medium term strategies and frame work."

The NDP's 2030 vision says that 11 million jobs should be created.

Increasing gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 5% over the next five years (2022) is one of the key economic targets of the 2014 - 2019 Medium-Term Strategic Framework.

The framework, which lists 14 key outcomes and associated activities and targets which would serve as a prioritisation framework for government.

Key economic targets include increasing the rate of investment to 25% of GDP by 2019 and reducing the official unemployment rate from 25% - 14% by 2020. However some of these targets have been widely criticised by economists.

Radebe admitted that the employment rate was not moving fast enough with government challenges including youth unemployment.

Statistic South Africa released figures in November 2016 which showed that unemployment in South Africa has risen to 27.1% in the third quarter of 2016.

Listen to our politics editor Mahlatse Gallens as she speaks to South Africa's sharpest political minds.


Listen on iTunes here.

Read more on:    sacp  |  cosatu  |  anc  |  jeff radebe  |  johannesburg  |  politics  |  ancpolicy  |  anc leadership race  |  ancpolicy17

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

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

Makeover saves dog’s life

Lucky Charlie got a complete make-over that helped him get adopted.

 
 

Paws

For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
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.