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'Govt to implement parts of NDP'

Trevor Manuel says government will not wait for the entire plan to be agreed upon.

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel. Picture: GCIS/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel says government will start implementing some parts of the National Development Plan (NDP) and will not wait for the entire plan to be agreed upon.

The South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have expressed reservation about certain aspects of the plan.

But the trade union federation's largest affiliate the National Union of Mineworkers says the inclusion of the plan in the ANC's 2014 election manifesto will determine whether it will throw its weight behind the ruling party in the run-up to the polls.

On Thursday, Parliament adopted the Employment Tax Incentive Bill, outlined in the NDP, which has angered Cosatu and the Federation of Labour Unions of South Africa.

The two labour federations say it will force older workers out of their jobs.

But Manuel says the bill is important for change.

"The National Council of Provinces will pass this piece of legislation so that we can start implementation in January because it's important."

Political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi says he thinks tensions will rise between the ANC and Cosatu regarding certain aspects of the NDP.

At the same time, the ANC might go ahead and implement some sections of the plan even though Cosatu disapproves of it.

MANUEL CRITICISES MUNICIPAL LEADERS

Manuel says ward councillors across political parties are not in touch with communities on ground level.

He says this is due to a lack of mechanisms to ensure they abide by the Municipal Systems Act which ensures more ground-level meetings with communities.

Manuel adds this is very important in order to make sure councillors are held accountable to deliver better services to the people.

"In the Municipal Act, there are meant to be four public meetings a year with report backs. I can say without fear of contradiction, across party lines to our eternal shame, it doesn't happen."