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August 7, 2019

The Presidency

7 August 2019

The National Planning Commission (NPC) is reviewing aspects of the National Development Plan (NDP).

The presidency confirmed this in a statement following a meeting between president Ramaphosa and the NPC.

The review is to be undertaken in order for the NDP to “lead the country’s response to current difficulties in the economy, weaknesses in the state and social ills and challenges affecting communities”.

According to the presidency, the NPC’s term expires in September 2019.

The NPC focuses on long-term development issues in South Africa with particular focus in the immediate term on implementation of the NDP.

The review is centred on ascertaining progress in attaining NDP objectives as well as non-implementation in certain areas in order to achieve better outcomes in implementation.

“As part of this review, the NPC will investigate the capacity and capability of the state to measure implementation of NDP. The review will also touch on better alignment between the national Budget and implementation of the NDP.”

The priorities outlined by president Ramaphosa in the June 2019 State of the Nation Address is a key focus area for the NPC.

“The Commission has developed indicators that will track progress in the creation of employment for young people; reduction in unemployment rates; support given to township and rural enterprises; the acceleration of land reform, with clear property rights; climate change resilience; the implementation of spectrum licensing; the restructuring of Eskom; new approaches to infrastructure development and increases in local procurement.”

Progress made in increasing public and private investment, the roll-out of a re-imagined industrial policy, increasing trade with African markets and the doubling of tourist arrivals by 2030 are also under the microscope.

In his address, president Ramaphosa had called for the NDP to be restored “to its place at the centre of our national effort, to make it alive, to make it part of the lived experience of the South African people”.

Following the latest meeting, President Ramaphosa called on the NPC to “play a more visible role in leading national discussion on South Africa’s long-term development and providing clear positions on key issues in society”.

The meeting agreed that government will urgently implement actions arising from the 2018 Presidential Jobs Summit.