Zuma receives SA's development plan

The final draft of the National Development Plan has been handed over to President Jacob Zuma.

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Planning Commission (NPC) Minister Trevor Manuel on Wednesday handed over the final National Development Plan (NDP) to President Jacob Zuma.

The revised plan, drawn up by the NPC, focuses on eradicating poverty and creating more jobs in the country.

Currently, South Africa has a 25 percent unemployment rate.

The commission is an advisory board appointed by the president and government will be responsible for the implementation of the plan.

Manuel said the NDP will aim to reduce the number of households living on less than R432 a month to zero, by 2030.

Eleven million jobs will be created in the next 20 years, according to the document.

"We must unite as a country to build a better future. It is our future so we have to make it work," said Manuel.

The long-term plan focuses on improving infrastructure in cities and lowering the cost of doing business.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko welcomed the plan but called on Zuma to align his policies with the NDC and to implement it.