On 11/11/11, Trevor Manuel released the National Development Plan, South Africa’s next growth target. The Plan aims to eliminate poverty and sharply reduce inequality by 2030. To do this, it has identified 9 key areas for improvement: creating jobs and livelihoods, expanding infrastructure, transitioning to a low-carbon economy, transforming urban and rural spaces, improving education and training, providing quality health care, building a capable state, fighting corruption and enhancing accountability and transforming society and uniting the nation. (The Plan is available here.)
It is difficult to fault any of these laudable goals. The Plan sets out numerous separate strategies to help achieve each of these goals. But let’s focus only on what the Plan acknowledges as the most important of these – growth and job creation.
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