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NDP 'fatally flawed'

SA Institute of Race Relations has criticised the NDP, calling it a wish list.

The revised National Development Plan was unveiled by National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel in Parliament in August last year.  Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Monday the National Development Plan (NDP) is fatally flawed and won't be able to achieve its aims.

Government has endorsed the NDP, which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce the unemployment rate to six percent, among other things, by 2030.

But the SAIRR has criticised the ambitious plan, calling it a wish list.

The institute's Deputy CEO Frans Cronje said, "It's not the great reformist document that it's made out to be. Rather than proposing fundamentally new or different policies for South Africa it seeks to tinker with existing policy and it expects fundamentally different social and economic results."

In August 2012, opposition parties welcomed the revised NDP, which was unveiled by National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel in Parliament.

However, many questioned how effectively it would be implemented.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko started off by praising the NDP but her praise soon turned to criticism as she raised concerns over its implementation.

She said it seems the ANC does not subscribe to the plan with its heart and soul.

Manuel called on all South Africans to embrace the plan and said people need to ensure it succeeds.

Click here to read the SAIRR's Fast Facts about the NDP.