On Thursday February 14, South Africa President Jacob Zuma is set to unveil the goals and objectives of his administration as it goes to the next financial year, at a time when the country is emerging from mine go-slows and the need for new employment opportunities.
Today’s State of the Nation communiqué will take place at the national assembly in what the government foresees as a strategic place from where the majority of the population can follow the proceedings.
Among the chief concerns of this report will be the National Development Plan, which will be spot on the gains the state has made so far, fiscally, including how it has combated strikes, including the infamous one of 2012 that led to the deaths of scores of workers and police. Most importantly, the communiqué will give a green light on how President Zuma envisages reducing the joblessness margin from the reigning 25 percent to 6 percent, by the year 2030.
The milestones of the speech, which are already on the NDP website, are for providing inclusive governance that will help achieve objectives, both short-term and long-term, by utilizing the skills and capabilities of South Africans.
Key points that are in the plan include incorporating more people into the job market, besides hatching other industries to offer jobs. The plan also embraces the primary sectors of the social and economic fabric of the country, including education, health, crime and rural development.
Key points at a glance:
* ending joblessness
*furthering education agenda
*improving the health dispensation
*improving the rural development record
The NDP also spirals to embrace other headlining challenges that are the poles around which the 2030 document revolves, including creating a practical coercion between the state and the young people, including provision of schemes that can uplift their lot.
The nature of the NDP is that of incorporating its New Growth Path and engaging it with an outcome-oriented methodology, where the government tackles issues by what it has or has not achieved. For this reason, the state is setting up hot lines for feedback.
A major issue that the National Development Plan also visualizes as a backbone for its breakthrough is the long-term objective of parrying the proliferation of poverty which, alongside inequality, should be a past issue, by the year 2030.
President Jacob Zuma received the NDP 2030 document in August 15, 2012 from the Minister in charge, Trevor Manuel, who had launched it on the same day.
The immediate goals of the plan, as the summary delineates, is to cut the number of families or even individuals who have an earnings’ margin of 419 Rand, with the denomination index of 2009 in mind, from the current 39% to 6%.
The government also targets to overcome inequality, as the Gine coefficient scale gauges, to 0.6 below the reigning 0.69.
Short-term statistics in brief:
*Lower house revenue bracket of R419 from 39% to 0 %
*Inequality goes down to a 0.6 coefficient
Thus, as President Zuma makes the address tonight, the population will look forward to evaluating pinpoint changes, in its welfare, going back to the beginning of the forgoing fiscal year, 2011-12.