How SA can reach Utopia

2012-08-15 10:04

According to the National Development Plan, the six most important things South Africans should do are:

» Uniting all South Africans around a common programme to achieve prosperity and equity.
» Promoting active citizenry to strengthen development, democracy and accountability.
» Bringing about faster economic growth, higher investment and greater labour absorption.
» Focusing on key capabilities of people and the state.
» Building a capable and developmental state.
» Encouraging strong leadership throughout society to work together to solve problems.

How will the National Planning Commission make their plan work?

» All South Africans must take responsibility for the plan, led by the president and his ministers.
» The Commission will mobilise society to support the plan. It will also see how society can work together to invest and create jobs to reduce poverty and inequality.
» It will conduct research on critical issues affecting long-term development.
» It will advise government and social partners on implementing the plan.
» The commission will work with relevant state agencies to report on how the objectives of the plan progress.
» To build a better SA, we must start today.

How to reach Utopia by 2030 in three easy steps (according to government’s National Planning Commission):

1. Raise unemployment through faster economic growth for which business, labour, communities and government will have to work together.
2. Improve the quality of education, skills, development and innovation.
3. Build the capacity of the state to play a developmental, transformative role.

To reach Utopia we need:

» Social cohesion.
» The active support of all citizens.
» Leadership in all sectors that puts the country’s collective interests ahead of narrow, short-term goals.
» Radically improved government performance.
» Policy change may be necessary in some instances.
» Get the basics right.
» To implement government programmes.
» Hold people accountable for their actions.
» To find innovative solutions to complex challenges.

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