ANC will speak on NDP in Mangaung

2012-08-15 21:24

Cape Town - The ANC will make a formal statement on the revised National Development Plan at its elective conference in December, Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday.

"The national conference will make a declaration. The ANC is dealing with the issue in that way," Manuel told reporters after handing the revised plan to President Jacob Zuma.

He stopped short of saying the ruling party would endorse the blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030 at its Mangaung conference.

Had the plan been submitted to the ANC policy conference in June rather, it would have been mulled over, and likely reworked into cumbersome form.

Its fate may then have been similar to that of a fine horse transformed into a "seven-humped camel", said Manuel.

National Planning Commissioner Cyril Ramaphosa echoed the sentiment, saying adoption at the policy conference could have blurred perceptions of the plan and wrongly persuaded people that it was a ruling party document.

"I didn't think we should fuss too much about the ANC policy conference not having expressed itself expressly," he said.

"The national conference will."

He added: "If it [the policy conference] had done so, many would have aligned themselves against the plan and said it was an ANC plan and not come out in full support."

Asked about commentary, often from the opposition, that the plan diverges drastically from the ANC's New Growth Path, Ramaphosa said this was not true.

He said the growth path aimed to create five million jobs in five years, while the development plan was geared towards creating 11 million jobs over the period leading up to 2030.

"There is no contradiction and quite a lot of alignment."

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-08-15 22:18

    Is it because there could be a new leader?? However one would have expected Govt. to pronounce on this, or am I expecting to much from the deployees.

      bernpm - 2012-08-15 22:54

      Do not do today what you can do tomorrow! Crisis? what crisis?

      mikenortje - 2012-08-16 14:16

      from 1972 till 2004 the polulation went up 300%, the peak of which will be going on pension in 2035 ..... how is SA going to absorb all these people??

  • franco.beukman - 2012-08-15 22:21

    Eish on paper I'm sure it looks gud.but the doing part is the problem

      allan.keyzer - 2012-08-16 08:24

      Its a wish list that everyone would like to see happen but the reality is it never will if we continue with more of the past 18 years. The question is who is going to make and implement the required changes? The leadership and cadre within the ANC? Why would they want to give up their current lifestyle for the benefit of others never mind the poor? The only possible solution is to clean the slate and this is only possible if the current government is replaced.

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-15 23:26

    They have already eliminated poverty among the well connected within in the ANC. Would they be prepared to share at the next level of their gravy train............. me thinks, no.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-16 00:52

    36 years to eliminate poverty? They caused the poverty in the first place by looting the coffers. Maybe it's going to take 36 years because by then the current government will be on pension and no longer accountable.

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-08-20 13:17

    Why we dont go for Cyril Ramaphosa for presdent i realy respect his way of thinking.Any one to support the way i hope pls talk.

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