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NDP will remain empty if not linked to national budget plan - Zuma

Tuesday 12 September 2017 21:40

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President Jocob Zuma addresses 5th commemoration of the NDP. (SABC)

President Jacob Zuma says the National Development Plan will remain an empty promise if it is not linked to the national budget plans. The President was speaking in Cape Town on Tuesday night on the fifth anniversary of this blue print document.

President Jacob Zuma first paid tribute to the late Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko who died on 12 September 1977 in police custody.

"Steve Biko and other martyrs of our liberation struggle paid the ultimate price and made a supreme sacrifice so that all of us could have now a free and democratic South Africa we're enjoying today."

He then focused on the National Development Plan. The Plan was adopted by all political parties represented in the National Assembly in 2012.  

President Zuma says there are some gains made since the implementation of the National Development Plan. He has mentioned among an increase in life expectancy, as well as enrollment of children in schools. He however says there are some challenges especially in rural areas. The President says the NDP must be linked to the national budget plans.  

"Cabinet has directed the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation to work with the economic cluster of government departments to ensure that there is alignment between the priorities in the NDP and the budget. This is an important step because the NDP will remain an empty promise as long as its noble goods are not matched with the budget commitments."

He also mentioned key priority areas of this blueprint document.

"Government has turned NDP into a five-year implementation plan. The medium term strategic framework. The current NTSF 2014-2019 has 14 outcomes which include - Education, Health, Safety, Inclusive economic growth, Job creation, infrastructure development and social cohesion among other..."  

The government has adopted the National Development Plan as its plan to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.

The government adopted the NDP as its programme to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.  

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