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BUSINESS: A working partnership to accelerate NDP progress

Leslie Maasdorp. Picture FINANCIAL MAIL

The importance of public-private partnerships is a prevalent theme of the National Development Plan

ECONOMY: The formidable challenge of ensuring work for all

Aquaculture is a relatively new industry in the country that is a beneficiary of government’s Operation Phakisa that was announced in July this year

ECONOMY: Saveact filling the void left by Post Office in assisting stokvels

Picture: SOWETAN

Credit and savings group SaveAct helps communities in rural and peri-urban areas in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State and the Northern Cape set up savings structures

NDP Africa beckons but few are going


Trade and Industry Department moots the establishment of export council to focus specifically on exports to the rest of Africa

NDP INFOGRAPHIC: Strategic infrastructure projects — building the future


We highlight the 18 original strategic infrastructure projects from the National Development Plan

HEALTH: Focus on health, systems

PROBING: Pregnant women’s data are valuable to advertisers as they make big purchases.   Picture: THINKSTOCK

There is a great deal to be done to improve our health infrastructure and skills to deliver much better outcomes for South Africans

NDP A sense of security


We want all South Africans to be safe and we want people to be honest in what they do. This will require better policing capacity and also better prosecution

NDP INFOGRAPHIC: Aiming for sustainable rural economies

Some of the goals and intermediate steps focus specifically on building the rural economy

NATION BUILDING: Fostering social cohesion


At only 23, Marvin Jutzen is well on his way to becoming a stalwart of the Lotus River community, writes Larry Claasen

ENVIRONMENT: The circle of a balanced life

SA is a major producer of greenhouse gases and suffers many legacy problems from its mining history, and addressing these and other environmental challenges is an important part of NDP

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

POLITICS: The message is clear: NDP is official government policy

The new cabinet has been given the NDP as the key guide to government business over the next five years

INFRASTRUCTURE: Strategic projects tackle water, energy challenges


Toilet saga masks complexities of sanitation challenges that rural communities face

INFRASTRUCTURE: Medupi project sees R1bn of contracts sourced locally

Eskom says that together with its main contractors, contracts valued at about R1bn have been placed with suppliers in the Lephalale and Waterberg districts

INFRASTRUCTURE: NDP Sky’s the limit for Carnarvon’s young learners

The Square Kilometre Array core site in the Karoo. Picture: MAIK WOLLEBEN

One of the world’s most ambitious scientific endeavours — the Square Kilometre Array project near Carnarvon in the Karoo — is also being used to build a local base of scientists

EDUCATION: School upgrades making a difference


Eradicating unsuitable conditions at schools around the country is clearly a challenge, but improvements make a difference when they are made

EDUCATION: Addressing the teacher capacity problem


One problem that cannot be overcome overnight is teacher capacity, not only in the number of teachers but more in the skills they possess

EDUCATION: MTSF pushes ahead with controversial annual assessments


Results from 2013 ANA tests make for sobering reading as overall results are mixed bag of slight improvements countered by retreating scores

INFOGRAPHIC: Fostering social cohesion

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

Meeting the goals of the NDP will require South Africans to work together with a common vision, which requires building our sense of national identity

Sizwe Nxasana. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Q&A: Sizwe Nxasana

Sizwe Nxasana is CEO of FirstRand, a board member of Business Leadership South Africa and the chairperson of the National Education Collaboration Trust. He sat down with Stuart Theobald to discuss the role of business in the NDP

INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRESS: Building a new energy economy

Picture: REUTERS

In just more than a year the Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant is scheduled to start supplying power to Eskom

BUSINESS AND THE NDP: Upgrading skills at municipal level complements back to basics strategy


The Academy for Municipal Excellence has come at the just the right time for many

BUSINESS AND THE NDP: A Diepsloot launchpad


The Riversands Incubation Hub will eventually house between 160 and 180 potential ‘black industrialists’

EDUCATED AND WORKING: Collaborative effort to rejuvenate schools in need


The National Education Collaboration Trust is a collaboration between the government, business and the unions

INTERNATIONAL: Cape-to-Cairo dream still bubbling away


A free trade zone from Cape to Cairo to boost intra-African trade is a difficult but important initiative

AFRICAN INTEGRATION DREAM: Government smooths path for business


Local businesses have shown that that they are not dependent on the NDP’s support to invest across the border

BUSINESS AND THE NDP: Fleurhof development in line with intergrated housing policy


Fleurhof, an affordable housing development that lies between Florida and Soweto, is in line with the Integrated Housing Policy

BUSINESS AND THE NDP: People know Harambee gets you jobs


Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator programme has hit 10,000 direct placements since starting operations in 2011

HUMAN SETTLEMENTS: Spatial planning to integrate housing for different income groups

The medium-term strategic framework sets clear goals for transforming spatial patterns with a particular focus on tackling the affordable market.

HUMAN SETTLEMENTS: Critical need for integrated planning

Calgro M3’s Fleurhoff housing development on the West Rand meets government’s latest thinking on housing provision – it incorporates housing for all subsidy levels as well as fully privately financed units.

Our towns and cities often have many homes of inadequate standards with a lack of supporting infrastructure

HUMAN SETTLEMENTS: Past achievements are impressive but road ahead is daunting


About 3.2-million housing units have been completed or are being built for poor families, with nearly 1.5-million more to go

SOCIAL PROTECTION: Improving quality of life


The NDP envisages a broadening of social protection guarantees that should be easily accessible to those who need them most

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Priority districts targeted

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

Municipalities play a key role in delivering on many objectives of the NDP

PUBLIC SERVICE: Bobby on the school beat

Desmond Cupido, who has been based at Lotus High in Cape Town for past two years, has done more than keep students and staff safe

National Development Plan 2013

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