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‘Govt making progress through its National Development Plan’

Minister Jeff Radebe says economic growth is disappointing and unemployment remains high.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Planning Commission of South Africa says that while the country's economic growth performance is weak, government is making significant progress through its National Development Plan (NDP).

Government has endorsed the NDP, which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce the unemployment rate to six percent by 2020.

Minister Jeff Radebe today held a briefing to share the work and plans of the body in executing its mandate.

Radebe says some of the progress made in implementing the NDP is a mixed bag of really good and bad performance.

He says economic growth is disappointing and unemployment remains high.

"In particular, youth unemployment; global growth remains weak affecting South Africa's major trading partners, thus slowing South Africa's economic performance."

Radebe says there's been good performance regarding the implementation of climate change plans, gains in life expectancy and a number of improvements in the education sector.

The commission's conclusion was that government has made significant progress in changing the lives of South Africans.