10+ things on government’s to-do list

2014-06-17 22:32

Carien du Plessis jots down the action plan as announced by President Jacob Zuma during his state of the nation address.

Be warned: you might have heard it all before.

» The growth target by 2019 is 5% and government will put in place measures to jump-start the economy.

» Government will contemplate a national minimum wage to reduce income inequality.

» The president will lead the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry, previously the responsibility of the deputy president, while Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will convene the social partners dialogue about wage inequality.

» The Presidential Working Group will meet soon to discuss ways in which business and government can work together to improve investment and promote inclusive growth.

» The energy sector is to be radically transformed by means of a sustainable energy mix that comprises coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas and nuclear energy and a sub-committee in Cabinet will work on this.

» The implementation of the National Infrastructure Plan will continue. Clear, measurable targets were set for this and R847 billion will be spent.

» Special Economic Zones around the country will promote regional economic development.

» Government will sharpen the implementation of the amended Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act and the Employment Equity Act, in order to transform the ownership, management and control of the economy.

» Development finance institutions with R230 billion in assets will be repositioned to become more broad based and Postbank will be supported so that it can play a leading role in the expansion of banking services to the poor and the working class.

» Government will introduce further measures to speed up the employment of young people, consistent with the Youth Employment Accord and expand internships in the public sector.

» Six million work opportunities will be created through the Expanded Public Works Programme by 2019 and one million through the Community Work Programme as well as one million jobs in agriculture by 2030.

» Government will settle remaining land claims submitted by the cut-off date of 1998 and re-open the period for land claims for another five years.

» South Africa will continue to champion broader regional integration through the Southern African Customs Union, SADC and the envisaged Tripartite Free Trade Area that spans eastern and southern Africa.

» To revitalise local government through an extensive plan, which includes fixing Joburg’s billing crisis and an inter-ministerial task team led by Cooperative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

» Government will work harder to increase life expectancy at birth from 60 years in 2012 to 63 years in 2019, and implement the National Health Insurance.

» Procurement will be centralised under the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer in the National Treasury and measures will be introduced to prevent public servants and public representatives from doing business with the state.

In addition, each minister will sign a performance agreement with the president outlining what each department will do to deliver on the programme of action.

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