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‘NDP a work in progress’

Trevor Manuel says the key focus of the plan is to build a better South Africa.

Trevor Manuel says the key focus of the plan is to build a better South Africa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel says the National Development Plan (NDP) is a work in progress and will never be perfect.

Manuel was speaking at the National Good Governance Conference in Pretoria on Monday and says the plan continues to receive criticism.

He says the key areas for the plan is to build a better South Africa and find means to bring about change.

"It calls out for active citizenry and calls for us to energise our democracy because that's the only way we can be true to values entrenched in our Constitution and true to the memory of those of fought against apartheid."

Manuel added not much attention has been given to the consequences for those who do wrong.

He questioned whether the consequences for these actions are adequate.

The minister says it's important for people to know when they steal government money they are stealing from the poor.

"The question is what happens if there is tender fraud, what happens if teachers don't teach because they aren't in the classroom and what happens if nurses don't help the sick because they are sleeping during their day shift so they can work in the private hospitals at night."