http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.17Change: 0.03
R/$ = 11.07Change: 0.01
Au 1238.28 $/ozChange: -4.47
Pt 1258.00 $/ozChange: 3.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 07, 2014

NPC set to stay despite moves to ‘institutionalise’ planning – Radebe

Back
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe
Agriculture|Fortaleza|Pretoria|Africa|Education|Nuclear|Resources|Africa|Brazil|China|India|Russia|South Africa|United States|Building|Energy|Manufacturing|Mining|Nuclear|Service|Bobby Godsell|Cyril Ramaphosa|Infrastructure|Trevor Manuel
Agriculture||Africa|Education|Nuclear|Resources|Africa||Building|Energy|Manufacturing|Mining|Nuclear|Service|Infrastructure|
agriculture|fortaleza|pretoria|africa-company|education-company|nuclear-company|resources|africa|brazil|china|india|russia|south-africa|united-states|building|energy|manufacturing|mining|nuclear-industry-term|service|bobby-godsell|cyril-ramaphosa|infrastructure|trevor-manuel
More Insight
© Reuse this



Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday that the National Planning Commission (NPC) would be retained alongside moves to institutionalise long-term planning within government.

Speaking at the formal release of the five-year Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), for the period 2014 to 2019, Radebe indicated that the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, which was being created within The Presidency, would become government’s main planning node.

However, the NPC would also be retained, with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was the commission’s inaugural deputy chairperson, having already taken over the chairpersonship from Trevor Manuel, who stepped down as a Minister following the May 7 election. Radebe was now the NPC’s deputy chairperson.

“The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation is now responsible for the strategic plans of government and ensuring that this institutionalisation actually happens,” Radebe said.

A unit would be created within the department to drive the planning function and the NPC secretariat would be absorbed into department.

The 20-year “National Development Plan (NDP) train” had left the station in 2012 and Radebe insisted it was moving at “high speed”, with the MTSF having been aligned with the vision and objectives of the plan.

Business personality and NPC commissioner Bobby Godsell, who attended the MTSF launch in Pretoria, pointed out that the commissioners had been appointed for a five-year term and that new commissioners should be appointed in May 2015.

Godsell said the NPC was “delighted at the centrality” of the plan within government’s programme, but he also stressed that the NDP had been written for society. “So, we are also actively seeking to engage business, labour and civil society and we would hope that they would be taking the plan and it’s objectives and its vision as seriously as is our government.”

The NDP had been widely canvassed, but had also been heavily criticised, most notably by elements within the governing tripartite alliance, particularly by unions falling under the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Business, on the other hand, had broadly embraced the plan, but remained skeptical as to whether all departments and Minister’s were firmly behind its implementation.

Continuing with his metaphor, Radebe extended an invitation to those “still standing on the sidelines to board this train” and  “contribute towards remaking their country into one that is many times better than the present”.

The NDP, he said, had the full backing of the African National Congress and government, while the “MTSF is intended to enable Cabinet to monitor progress on the implementation of the NDP”, which is designed to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality.

Where “contradictions” arose between the plan and government policy – as had emerged in the area of nuclear energy (with the plan urging caution and government reaffirming its commitment to the deployment of 9 600 MW of nuclear energy) – these would be “resolved as we go along” in consultation with stakeholders.

“It’s our vision for 2030 and we need to make it work,” Radebe said, indicating that the NDP would be roll-out in phases, as government did not have the resources to implement the full plan immediately.

REDUCING UNEMPLOYMENT

The MTSF for 2014-2019 was structured around 14 priority outcomes which cover the following focus areas identified in the NDP: quality basic education; improving health outcomes; reducing crime; creating jobs; developing the skills and infrastructure required by the economy; rural development; sustainable human settlements; effective and efficient local government and public service; the environment; international relations; social development; and social cohesion and nation building.

In the areas of the economy, the MTSF contains actions designed to grow the productive sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture, while diversifying the economy and reducing economic concentration.

It also highlights the need for more rapid private sector investment to stimulate growth, noting that the private sector accounted for 70% of production and employment.

“The MTSF includes actions aimed achieving an economic environment that encourages business investment and rewards competitiveness, especially in sectors that can catalyse longer term growth and job creation,” Radebe said, while highlighting the goal of increasing employment and reducing unemployment to 14% by 2019.

Also stressed was the NDP aspiration of increasing investment levels to at least 25% of gross domestic product (GDP) and public investment levels of 10% of GDP.

Over the five-year period, actions would also be pursued to support a strengthening of regional integration and significantly increasing intra-African trade.

“There is a target for securing foreign direct investment of R230-billion worth of investments by 2019,” Radebe said, adding that the creation of the ‘New Development Bank’, which was officially approved for establishment by the governments of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the recent sixth Brics Summit in Fortaleza, should help support that goal.

He added that the investments confirmed at the US-Africa Summit would also help in creating the infrastructure and productive capacity to improve intra-regional trade.

“The MTSF defines the strategic objectives and targets of government during the next five years. It is the frame of reference outlining the government’s main priorities underpinning the strategic direction of government over the next five years.”

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Ports and Shipping News
The Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, in KwaZulu-Natal, loaded 1.49-million tons of cargo in September, exceeding its monthly target of 1.32-million tons, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) said on Monday. TPT said the reaching of vessel targets ahead of deadline created...
A month-long maintenance dredging at the quays of the Port of Maputo started last month, during which State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) new Italeni dredging vessel will be used.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced on Thursday that there were no successful bidders in response to the request for proposals (RFP) for a tender to develop a cruise terminal at the Cape Town port. An extensive procurement process had led TNPA to...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 4 hours ago The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has outperformed its targets over the past financial year and contributed R3.1-billion to the gross domestic product in the 2013/14 financial year. CTICC CEO Julie-May Ellingson said the convention centre had been...
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Updated 5 hours ago Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has released details of the remuneration of the chairpersons and nonexecutive directors of the various State-owned company boards falling under her Ministry. The remuneration figures, which are attached, are based on figures...
Updated 5 hours ago Installed wind power capacity could swell by 530% to 2,000 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, supplying up to 19% of global electricity, a report from a trade association and Greenpeace said on Tuesday. It said installed wind energy capacity totalled 318 GW at the end of last...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the con-struction sector has begun, dur-ing which the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come...
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Environmental solutions company I-Cat started construction work on its R22-million, 1 949 m2 environmentally sustainable office and warehouse facility, commissioned by I-CAT Environmental Solutions, at a launch event in October. The new sustainable I-CAT campus,...
IAN EVANS AirWatch file synchronisation and sharing system was initially designed for a large airline company
Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex...
Hotel group Carlson Rezidor currently holds the largest hotel pipeline in Africa with 30 hotels and 6 300 rooms under development. The hotel group develops and operates Radisson Blu in the upper upscale segment and Park Inn by Radisson in the mid-market segment. With...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks