Let’s rally around Vision 2030

2012-03-31 11:52

MF (Mac) Carim

The ANC’s preference for the term “Developmental State” and Minister Trevor Manuel’s use of the term “Capable State” are two sides of the same coin. South Africans want a capable state that is developmental, or a developmental state that is capable.

Call it what you will, the state will fail to develop anything of substantial value if it is not capable, and a capable state is of little value to its people if it is not developmental and does not deliver on promises made.

The conversation has to be around “means”, “purpose” and “ends”. Clearly, state capability is the means; effective, efficient implementation is the purpose; and a happy, healthy, prosperous society is the desired end result.

With the ANC willing to discuss whether or not it has “lost its moral compass”, whether it represents a self-serving elite and whether it is facing a “crisis of credibility”, the state has reached a nation-building turning point – a kind of launching pad for new realisations.

The time is now for a capable developmental state to take the country beyond capacity building to implementation and service delivery, and social and economic transformation.

We must graduate from a problem-solving, crisis management mode (making undesirable things go away – like apartheid) to the creating mode (bringing something new into being – like Vision 2030).

The ANC is thinking anew, it is once again in the process of reinventing itself.

This is evidenced in the National Planning Commission’s Diagnostic Report, its Vision 2030 and its National Development Plan.

We should all rally around Vision 2030, not get bogged down by semantics, and participate energetically in helping create the country that we all aspire to.

If we have tried everything we know and are still not satisfied with the results, then perhaps it’s time we tried something we don’t know.

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