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Radebe: Cosatu has some reservations on economic section of NDP

Jeff Rdebe says while Congress of South African Trade Unions has raised some issues about the NDP he believes the trade union federation hasn’t rejected it.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says the majority of South Africans have adopted and embraced the National Development Plan (NDP).

Radebe was speaking at the African National Congress' (ANC) policy conference about the progress made through the implementation of the NDP.

He says the ANC is enthusiastic about the NDP and the improvements that have been reported in the health, education and safety sectors.

He says while Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has raised some issues about the NDP, he believes the trade union federation hasn’t rejected it.

“Cosatu has some reservations, especially on the economic section of the National Development Plan.”

Radebe says overall the NDP has been embraced.

“Also it has been adopted by the Parliament of South Africa, which means the majority of South African people have embraced the National Development Plan.”

The commissions will discuss the plan from Monday, to decide how more can be done to improve services that citizens demand.

ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION

On Sunday, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu called on business leaders to buy into the ANC strategy for radical economic transformation.

Zulu addressed the Progressive Business Forum's breakfast briefing.

“As South Africans, we have to make sure we buy into this concept because this concept will be able to assist us.”

Zulu says the ANC’s idea of radical economic transformation has attracted a lot of interest at the conference Nasrec.

She says the strategy will go a long way in reducing inequality.

“A clear objective of radical economic transformation must be to reduce racial, gender and class inabilities.”

Zulu says her department aims at growing small businesses and not having them remain informal.

Zulu says she acknowledges that the country's technical recession will make it difficult for small businesses to develop.

Apart from the recent ratings downgrades, Zulu says there are problems that may be self-imposed.

“We must be able to recognise that amid the ratings downgrades, there is progress.”

She says the ruling party's plan for economic transformation will stabilise the country, if there’s buy-in from the private sector.

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Meanwhile, ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize has stressed the need for policy consistency.

“There is a degree of consistency that we have to deal with in terms of how we approach economic policies. It’s important to make a point that the ANC should not be disruptive in the way it manages the policy process.”

The radical economic transformation has been the buzz word for the ANC recently, with some leaders in the party embracing the term while others claim it’s being used by a faction that wants radical policies to benefit their families and friends.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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