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NDP tops the agenda at Cabinet Lekgotla

Jeff Radebe says the focus will be on small business and infrastructure development.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) as well as the economy will top the agenda at the Cabinet Lekgotla this week.

President Jacob Zuma has convened the meeting in Pretoria that will continue until Saturday.

Zuma convenes the Lekgotla in February to plan for the year ahead and prepare for his State of the Nation Address.

Radebe says the NDP, specifically the first five-year programme, will be discussed.

"Amongst the issues that are being discussed today - until Friday - will also be the issue of the infrastructure development plan, issues around the progress on industrialisation with a specific focus on beneficiation, small business research and development [and] the issue for business development as well."

Last year, the National Planning Commission called for the implementation of the NDP.

The commission's deputy chairperson William Makgoba said debates on South African issues often yielded solutions, which are not implemented.

Makgoba said the body would continue to push for the implementation of strategies even if they are met with resistance.

The commission, chaired by Radebe, was established in 2010 to promote the implementation of the NDP.