Planning For South Africa Twenty Years Into Its Freedom

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Planning for South Africa

Twenty years into its freedom, South Africa has accomplished much to be proud of. The nation has come far since it took its first steps into democracy back in 1994.When both blacks and whites participated in the very first democratic elections, it signalled more than just triumph over generations of segregation but it was also the first time that the citizens could elect a government to serve all South Africans. Now in 2014 the country faces a new array of challenges and still, it seems, that the promise of service stands still as part a planning commission of South Africa
President Jacob Zuma stated at this year’s State of the Nation Address that “South Africa could not continue to deny apartheid and colonialism were the root of the country’s problems, and cited problems such as Bantu education, Coloured education, amongst others“(SAnews, 2014).The legacy of Apartheid and colonialism are partly at blame for the social and economic issues facing South Africa today. Under both Apartheid and colonialism the majority of the country was subjected to poor services such education over many generations. This translates today as the triple challenges of poverty inequality and unemployment. A full transition from apartheid colonialism into a truly democratic society remains a challenge for modern government.
Government does realize its own short comings when it comes to dealing with the issues in the country. Government sees that its ‘sectorial and short-term’ and approach to challenges has hindered development (npconline, n.d.). The National Planning Commission(NPC) of South Africa was established in 2010 by President Jacob Zuma to “take a broad, cross-cutting, independent and critical view of South Africa, to help define the South Africa we seek to achieve in 20 years’ time and to map out a path to achieve those objectives (npconline, n.d.)”The NPC’s long-term and focused view on challenges would then serve a advisory role for government in tackling those challenges.The commission, chaired by Trevor Manuel, was tasked with developing a vision of what the country should look like in 2030, and a plan for achieving that vision (npconline, n.d.).
In May 2010, the NPC produced elements of the vision statement (npconline, n.d.). The Diagnostic Overview, which identifies the main challenges that confront South Africa and their causes, was the produced on the 9th June 2011.The NPC continued to work on the National Development Plan. The Nation Development Plan is a policy that provides a framework for government on how to tackle the country’s socio-economic issues. The policy follows the Rational Model of policymaking. The NPC underwent an exhaustive information gathering phase in developing the NDP known as the “NPC-Jam” were the public was engaged in online discussions. The discussions preceded the draft of the National Development Plan-Vision for 2030 which was handed to the President on the 11th of November 2011.On the 15th of...

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