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There are lively debates springing up all about the country at the moment, driven mostly by single issues and aimed at stimulating public opinion. The Business Day Dialogues series is much broader in scope than these debates and aimed directly at influencing policy as well as the man and woman in the street.

Each Dialogue consists of an in-depth, two-hour panel discussion with expert speakers on a specific topic, hosted by Peter Bruce, publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Day. The discussion is streamed live online on this page and a print supplement is published, along with online content that includes a transcript of the discussion, video clips and reports on the debate and related topics written by Business Day journalists. A separately recorded debate is broadcast on Summit TV.


The National Development Plan (NDP) has been punted as a blueprint to create jobs, eliminate poverty and boost economic growth in South Africa in the next 20 years. It aims to create 11-million jobs by 2030 through promoting employment in labour-absorbing industries and boosting exports and competitiveness. It is seen as a pragmatic plan that is more business-friendly than its predecessor, the New Growth Path.

Though adopted at the African National Congress’s Mangaung conference in December, the NDP has come up against opposition from some ruling-party allies, most recently the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, which called it a right-wing document mirroring Democratic Alliance policies.

On Friday, March 15, from 1pm to 3.15pm, a Business Day Dialogue will feature Planning Minister Trevor Manuel , who also chairs the National Planning Commission, along with several other panellists, discussing the NDP and the considerable challenges in implementing it.


Gauteng looks for more revenue to fund development

Senior politicians say they are working on proposals to the national government on the possibility of more sources for provincial tax

Johannesburg to host African ICT 'smart city'

Province aims to create information communications technology hub similar to Silicon Valley in California

Looking beyond Gauteng's infrastructure aims

The provincial government is also considering ways of improving public transport, developing entrepreneurs and attracting large technology companies

Province learns from public outrage at tolling

Gauteng compiles provincial transport plan for the next 25 years but is careful to avoid a repeat of the public backlash to the current plan to implement tolling on freeways

Gauteng plans holistic transport solution

Provincial cabinet has decided to set up the Gauteng Transport Authority to support transport infrastructure planning and integration across the province

Gauteng aims to build a brighter future

While an influx of people add to the challenges facing South Africa's richest province, the provincial government is investing in infrastructure to meet these challenges

ANC debates the future of provinces

Gauteng is at the centre of a debate within the ruling party about the future of South Africa's provinces

Background reading

Gauteng slashes infrastructure investment

Decision to cut Gauteng's government infrastructure spending appears to contradict comments by President Jacob Zuma and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

Affordable housing drive set to change face of Gauteng's cities

The Gauteng local government and housing department is working on a R32,7bn housing portfolio that it says will change the landscape within and around the province's largest cities.

Gauteng aims to get schools up to speed

The Gauteng education department says its focus this year will remain on the province's underperforming schools

Shaky start for Mokonyane's state of the province

'Live' broadcast of Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's state of the province speech canned after late start to proceedings

Premier seeks more aid for Gauteng health

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says the province's health department's funding model needs to be reviewed to ensure the more effective functioning of the department

Gauteng rethinks public transport

There is no commuter bus service that operates between the City of Johannesburg and the West Rand

NEWS ANALYSIS: Infrastructure central to Gauteng premier's plans

Infrastructure development in the spotlight after President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address

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