Pretoria – Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the province is prepared to play its part in making the National Development Plan (NDP): Vision 2030 work because they want South Africa to work.
Delivering the State of the Province Address on Friday in the provincial legislature, Zille described the NDP as a well-articulated vision of South Africa’s “better together” philosophy.
The NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. According to the plan, South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.
“Never before has South Africa had a national plan to which all major parties subscribe. This is a milestone for our country.
“We agree that to tackle our many problems and the legacy of the past, we need good leadership at every level of society, a capable state and an active citizenry,” Zille said.
She said the provincial legislature agreed with the Minister of the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel, that the time for discussing the plan was over, and the time for implementation had begun.
“We have been chosen by the national government to pilot three crucial initiatives under the NDP: the reduction of red tape, the creation of an economic development partnership to facilitate growth and jobs, and an afterschool programme to keep young people involved in productive activities.
“We have added a fourth component: we will expand our version of the youth wage subsidy to give more young people a foothold on the ladder of our economy so that they can build their careers and move out of poverty,” said Zille.
When it comes to the crucial task of job creation, Zille said, the state must establish an enabling environment that attracts investors who start businesses that create jobs.
“Part of that enabling environment is policy certainty, good infrastructure and an educated and skilled population.” – SAnews.gov.za
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