NDP faces several challenges - Zuma

One of the most ambitious targets is to reduce unemployment to just 14 percent by 2030.

President Jacob Zuma speaks in Parliament on 22 May 2012. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Numerous obstacles may impede the implementation of the new National Development Plan (NDP), President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

He was speaking in Parliament shortly after National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel unveiled the revised initiative.

Zuma outlined at least nine challenges.

These include unemployment, poor quality of education and a divided society.

Zuma said few countries were as self-critical as South Africa has been.

He said in order to overcome the obstacles, all government departments and sectors of society must get behind the plan.

The president believes the NDP is an achievable goal if the economy is deracialised to enable growth and job creation.

One of the most ambitious targets of the proposal is to reduce unemployment from the current 25 percent to just 14 percent by 2030.

Opposition parties welcome the NDP and called on Zuma to implement it as soon as possible.