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SA’s NDP implementation framework unveiled

SA’s NDP implementation framework unveiled

Aug 13, 2014

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe recently released the government’s comprehensive framework for implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) over the next five years.

The Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) will serve as a prioritisation framework to focus the government’s efforts on a set of manageable programmes, as well as the principal guide to the allocation of resources across all spheres of government.

Radebe said the MTSF was a mechanism through which all five-year strategic plans and annual plans across government were being aligned to the NDP and made to pull in the same direction. “The aim of the MTSF is to ensure policy coherence, alignment and coordination across government plans.” He added that the MTSF would form the basis for performance agreements between the President and ministers.

“Cabinet will use the MTSF as the basis for monitoring the implementation of the NDP over the next five years. Cabinet will consider progress reports for each of the outcomes at least three times a year, and these progress reports will be made public through the Programme of Action website managed by the [Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency].

“We will use our monitoring and evaluation work to inform improvements to our plans and programmes as we implement the MTSF.”

14 priority outcomes

The MTSF is structured around 14 priority outcomes, covering the focus areas identified in the NDP, namely:

  • Quality basic education
  • A long and healthy life for all South Africans
  • Safety, and sense of safety, for all people in South Africa
  • Decent employment through inclusive growth
  • A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path
  • An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network
  • Vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities contributing towards food security for all
  • Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life
  • A comprehensive, responsive and sustainable social protection system
  • Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government
  • Protected and enhanced environmental assets and natural resources
  • An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service
  • A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity
  • A better South Africa contributing to a better Africa and a better world

In each of these outcomes, the MTSF document outlines goals, indicators, targets, actions and responsibilities.

Regarding the rapid economic growth outcome, Radebe said the MTSF would set the wheels in motion to grow the economy by a rate of 5% by 2019.

“Government’s programme of radical transformation is about placing the economy on a qualitatively different path that ensures more rapid, sustainable growth, higher investment, increased employment, reduced inequality and deracialisation of the economy.”

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